The lack of stat tracking on PS4 is a little annoying and a feature that’s oft requested but, thus far, completely overlooked. It’s not a game changer by any means, but it’s always interesting to see what games you’ve been piling the hours into.
While we don’t have dedicated stat-tracking baked into the PS4’s operating system, Sony is always keeping tabs behind the scenes so that we get a nice end if the year summary.
Just like last year, Sony has given players the opportunity to see what games they’ve been playing, how much time they’ve spent with their top games, and even a breakdown of hours spent online and inside PSVR. It’s not going to change your outlook on gaming or on life, but it’s well worth spending a few minutes having a look at what your year of play has been like.
Bear in mind, though, that it doesn’t seem to be 100% accurate. My own summary states that I’ve played 30 hours of PSVR (false) and 35 hours of the PSVR shooter Firewall Zero Hour. Still, it’s an easy way to kill five minutes. There are two portals, one for Europe and another for those in North America.
If you scroll down to the very bottom of the page once your report has loaded, you’ll find a button to redeem your freebies. It’s a few digital bits and Bob’s, including a dynamic theme and some avatars. Not much, but free is free.
Elsewhere, Xbox and Nintendo Switch offer varying levels of stat-tracking. Fingers crossed that Sony has had the foresight to integrate the feature into the PS5. It would certainly help in getting me off of Tropico 6 if I saw a stat saying I had played it for 20 hours over one weekend. That’s just not healthy, man.
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Chris has been writing about gaming news for far too long, and now he’s doing it even more. A true PlayStation know-it-all, Chris has owned just about every Sony console that ever existed. Trophies are like crack to this fella. (Bronze trophies, that is – he only has one Platinum.)