If video games have anything like box office charts, it's starting to be concurrent player counts. Elden Ring is the latest to set record numbers, with the latest From Software release rocketing to more than 950,000 players in the second weekend after release. It peaked at 953,426 concurrent players, according to SteamDB (opens in new tab).
While that doesn't give a good estimation of total owners, it's likely this means the game has sold several million copies on PC alone—we won't even mention consoles. That's in addition to being one of the best-reviewed games ever. (opens in new tab) We gave it a 90 in our review. (opens in new tab)
If that's the case, perhaps the PC has now made enough money that someone at FromSoftware could take notice of the technical issues plaguing the game, or maybe even consider deigning to touch upon Elden Ring's shameful and downright half-assed mouse and keyboard controls. (opens in new tab)
Record-setting releases have only grown more common in the past few years as Steam's user base has grown to new heights. In roughly the last two years Valheim, New World, Cyberpunk 2077, and Lost Ark have all broken into the top 10.