In addition to discussing its own optimistic PlayStation 5 sales forecasts, during its latest meeting with shareholders, Sony revealed a very interesting data regarding video games.
According to what was released by the Japanese giant, and then reported by Stephen Totilo of Axios, the interest in gaming on PlayStation by girls has risen dramatically from the PlayStation One era to today.
If Sony’s first home console was only owned by girls in 18% of cases, we go up to a much more encouraging 41% when we take PS4 and PS5 into consideration. A clear sign that the historic gap between players is gradually narrowing, and that even girls find in video games something worth investing time and money in.
Most likely the change was also dictated by the increasingly widespread presence of heroines within the most disparate Sony franchises. Think of Aloy from Horizon Zero Dawn, or Ellie from The Last of Us, but there are also important secondary female characters, as in the case of Freya in God of War.
This doesn’t take away from the fact that girls are still trying to fully integrate into this world, and still 59% of them hide their identity online to avoid harassment.