The day is young, and yet Fallout 4 has already broken Grand Theft Auto 5's record for number of Steam players playing at the same time. So far, a peak of 290,461 players has been reached with launch day in North America only in its early hours.

Back in April when the PC version of GTA 5 was finally released, a peak of 196,700 concurrent players was reached. Fallout 4 has easily smashed this number, and the figure may well improve further later today when American and Canadian players wake up.

Despite it being the launch day of, arguably, the biggest game of the year, the current figures for Fallout 4 (which you can see for yourself here) are still dwarfed by those for Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2 – which have reached a peak today of 601,163 and 787,592 respectively. Overall there are just over six million players currently on Steam.

The figure for Fallout 4 accounts for all PC players, as the game requires Steam to play. It indicates that Bethesda is well on its way to the successful launch many expected. Fallout 4 launches today for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. You can read our review right here if that's your thing.

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Fallout 4 is available on PS4, Xbox One and PC now.