PlayStation Plus Reaches 7.9 Million Subscribers; Sony Plans to Launch in China Early Next Year

on October 31, 2014 9:07 AM

Sony is holding its earnings call for overseas investors and analysts with Chief Financial Officer Kenichiro Yoshida, Senior Vice President Hiroki Totoki and Corporate Control Department General Manager Kazuhiko Takeda.

During the call Yoshida-san explained that PlayStation Plus has now reached 7.9 million subscribers even thanks to the momentum following the launch of of Destiny by Activision and FIFA 15 by Electronic Arts.

It was also mentioned that Sony is currently evaluating the game business in China and intends to enter the local market early next year, but it’s taking a cautious, step-by-step approach as the Chinese market is heavily regulated.

No comment was offered, despite the direct question, about contacts with the retail giant Alibaba, with which Sony is in talks for other segments of the business.

The upsurge in PlayStation Plus subscribers is not that surprising considering that the service is now mandatory in order to play online. During the previous conference calls in July and May, Sony announced investments in new servers in order to cope with the increased traffic.

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.