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E3 causes PlayStation Home stampede

Half-a-million flood virtual show floor.

Half-a-million people flocked to PlayStation Home during E3 2011, according to VentureBeat.

Only 46,800 were at the actual E3 show in Los Angeles.

PlayStation Home hosted a virtual E3 space last week, allowing gamers' avatars to digitally stroll around a replicated LA Convention Centre.

Those incredible numbers were recorded days after Home was restored following a headline-dominating PlayStation Network hack and resulting outage.

Buser last week spouted off about "record traffic in Home".

Elated, he added, "We were watching the numbers and we were just so excited. We were just dancing in the streets."

"The numbers are through the roof. I think it speaks to the loyalty of our user base, and to the power of these kinds of platforms."

WipEout-alike Sodium 2 Project Velocity arrives this week on PlayStation Home. It's free and has multiplayer and customisable spaceship-car-things. There's more information about Sodium 2 on the European PlayStation blog.

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