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More than 2.1 Million PS4 Owners Also Got a PlayStation Plus Subcription Prompted by Strong Sales

by on February 6, 2014 9:09 AM 17

Sony held a further earnings call today for overseas investors, and dropped a few more interesting tidbits of information on the PlayStation business and in particular on PlayStation Plus via President and CEO Kazuo Hirai and Chief Financial Officer Masaru Kato.

Kato-san mentioned that the PS4 had a “very strong sell-through,” and the company will continue to “chase the market”. The Japanese launch coming this month is expected to increase the numbers further.

He continued by saying that at the moment the PSN has 150 million users, and that number is growing steadily with the introduction of the PS4, while many of those are also subscribing to PlayStation Plus. Since that’s a paid service, it’s a new revenue stream for the company. Kato-san also explained that this kind of service will be one of the major contributing factors to the profitability of the PS4 on the side of hardware and packaged sales.

Since Kato-san was being quite vague with numbers, Hirai-san took the initiative and revealed a more specific estimate for the PS Plus Subscribers brought in by the introduction of the PS4:

I’d like to add a little more color by saying that of the 4.2 million PS4 that have already in the hands of the consumers… More than half of the people that have gotten their hands on a PS4 have actually signed up with a PS Plus service.

That’s a pretty impressive number, and combined with the graph shown by SCEE General Manager Fergal Gara during the press conference introducing the PlayStation Vita Slim to the UK market, we can pretty much conclude that at the moment PlayStation Plus has over 3.15 Million Subscribers.

Hirai-san promised further data in the coming months (most probably he meant the yearly results announcement in May), so we’ll have to wait a bit more to hear more detailed and precise information on the service’s success.

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  • stealth20k

    Is that really impressive though when for the PS4 you sort of need it to do anything?

    • Wargreymon559 .

      The only thing you need PS+ is to play retail games online.Everything else is still like on PS3.

    • ragingmerifes

      You don’t need it for web-based apps, you don’t need it for MMOs, you don’t need it to download some free games. I don’t think playing BF4′s MP counts as anything.

    • Giuseppe Nelva

      Really now? I guess you mean that playing offline is “nothing?”

      Since you’re an avid Nintendo user, I wonder how you may be feeling, considering that your consoles basically do “nothing” according to the logic you just expressed :P

      • stealth20k

        Nintendo focuses on eshop revenue, not people who sign up as that isnt really important.

        • Mark

          Yeah no kidding, charging tax FFS, gross.

    • Mikesims Sims

      Oh god, a nintenyearold that plays jrpgs and watches anime. I can feel the autism from here.

      • stealth20k

        You act as if playing jrpgs and watching anime is a bad thing? oh your a troll? carry on.

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      • Bankai

        Nothing wrong with JRPG’s and anime.

      • Temjin001

        hehehe… nintendoyearold.. I’ll have to steal that one =p

    • Krakn3dfx

      Only thing that requires Plus is online multiplayer in non-F2P games, like BF4, Rivals, Ghosts, etc. You can play stuff like DCUO, Warframe, etc. online without Plus, as well as use any apps like Netflix, Amazon Streaming, the web browser, etc. Also, Zenimax just announced that Elder Scrolls Online will not require a Plus account to play online.

      So no, you don’t need it at all for 90% of what’s on the console.

  • Terramax

    Not surprising. They were dishing out 14 day trials of PS+ during the launch (at least in Europe). As a Vita owner, I jumped on the trial. I decided not to go ahead with a paid subscription though, as the games they were offering were ones I already own, or weren’t interested in.

    But I can see this as a huge incentive for those just jumping into a new system. A year’s subs, with 4 full games immediately available from the get go, for £40. Tis’ not bad.

  • http://dualshockers.com Joel Taveras

    2.1 million out of 4.2 million subscribers is exactly half. This is huge, 360′s Xbox Live attach rate was a little lower over 50% by April of last year but it took a good part of the last generation to get to that point. PS4 is doing 50% right out of the gate. Most impressive.

    • areunuts

      it’s all trials.. do some homework on it

  • Damian Wayne

    2.1 million, but this doesn’t count people who are already members, does it?

  • Krakn3dfx

    Picked up 4 years of Plus during the holiday $30 sales, so I’m good til 1/2018 at this point.

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