PS Network hits 1.3 million users

In news that will no-doubt turn the heat up in the Xbox Live board room, Sony has said that its free-of charge PlayStation Network online service has reached 1.3 million users worldwide.

The news comes from SCEA's senior director of PR Dave Karraker, who told Gamespot that of those 1.3 million users 600,000 signed up in North America where Sony has shipped over 2 million consoles.

Worldwide some 3.7 million pieces of content have been downloaded from the PS3 online service, though the Sony PR man didn't specify how much of the number is download games.

Of course this is still a ways off Xbox Live's 6 million registered users who have clocked up over 25 million Xbox Live Arcade downloads to date. Though considering Sony's service is free of charge unlike Xbox Live, we can imagine the PS Network catching up pretty soon.

Yesterday Sony released the 1.7 PS3 firmware update, which lets you play PSOne games on your PS3, though there's none to download yet...

April 20, 2007