At least 2.1 million PlayStation 4 owners have PlayStation Plus, Sony says

Are you a PlayStation Plus member?

At least 2.1 million PlayStation 4 owners have signed up to PlayStation Plus, Sony has said.

Speaking during the company's latest financial call, CEO Kazuo Hirai mentioned that more than half of the PlayStation 4's 4.2 million owners have signed up for the $50-a-year premium service. But Hirai wouldn't get any more specific than that.

Of course, the high attachment rate is likely to have something to do with the fact that, unlike on PS3 and Vita, PlayStation 4 owners can't play online multiplayer without a PlayStation Plus subscription.

Sony also said that over 150 million users have PlayStation Network accounts, though these are free to setup and it is therefore particularly easy for people to own multiple accounts.

PlayStation Plus applies to a single PlayStation Network account, and grants each user access to Sony's rotating library of free games on PS4, PS3, and Vita.

While Sony's gaming division is in rude health--even though the PlayStation 3's fortunes are declining quicker than expected--the company announced that it would be looking to sell off its PC business and turn its flagging TV empire into a subsidiary.

The company expects to be saddled with a net loss of $1 billion at the end of its financial year in March, though its PlayStation division is posting a 64 percent year-on-year increase.

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PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

It actually surprises me that that number is so low. I'd have expected mandatory sign-up on PS4 to have pushed the numbers more.

playstationzone
playstationzone

well I am I got Outlast for free so what problem is now ps plus for ps4 need start rolling out free ps4 games like call of Duty Ghosts or Battilefield4 .

Ovirew
Ovirew

I'm not a Plus member right now for a few reasons.  The first reason is that my free 1-month subscription ran out a month after I bought my PS4 (as well as the free week/ subscription with Killzone 4.)  The second reason is that I've been finding other things I'd rather spend money on and haven't had the $60 to spend on a year subscription.  The third reason is that, while interesting games such as Don't Starve and whatnot have come out for it, and even though I can't play games I already got for free or do Killzone multiplayer, I really am just not interested enough in the current offerings of the PS4 to continue subscribing.  I haven't even played my PS4 or my PS3 in a long time - I guess maybe it just isn't interesting me enough.

But the fourth and most notable reason why I haven't resubscribed to Plus is, quite simply, I don't like how it keeps trying to sign me up for these auto-renewals to different stuff.  I thought I had all of that biz turned off, but apparently it still tried to charge my bank account for it.  I took my credit card info off of PSN and I don't really intend to add it again, so unless I decide to buy a pre-paid card for Plus sometime, then I don't see myself jumping back onto the Plus bandwagon anytime soon.

tzolynski
tzolynski

Plus has been down 3 times that i know of since launch.....  I only paid 30 bucks for PS+ which for a year of online mutiplayer is fine but its the same thing i was getting for free on my PS3, I could really care less about the free games to be honest i wish they would of kept it the way it was cause as of now i dont think my money is showing improvement of psn at the moment.

kutulu1
kutulu1

So glad Sony is standing up for freedom of choice, unlike the CommieBox360/CommieBox0ne where you are forced to subscribe to do anything...lol

3dmatrixgamer
3dmatrixgamer

Sony had to restructure PSN under Yahoo or Google consultancy to improve its performance but sadly it didn't.

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

I'm not with Plus! Namely because unless the PS4 gets an online multiplayer game I can get behind? I see no need. 


Those 'free games' cost subscription, and tend to be games I'd never buy any hows. Or owned way in advance.


If you like the discounts on games 'you'd' buy? &/ or has already got multiplayer games 'you'd' play? Then sure, awesome deal.

th3onewhoknocks
th3onewhoknocks

Kind of funny considering that 2.9 million xbox one users have gold memebership LO

slainta
slainta

This is interesting because it shows how half of the (PS4) gamers either don't give a damn about online playing or even worse they can't have a stable connection. So much for people still saying "always online was the way to go".

Vodoo
Vodoo

They neglect to mention in the article that every PS4 comes with a free month of PS+. 

dogfather76
dogfather76

Man this is one poorly written article. "While Sony's gaming division is in rude health"... what does that even mean?

sakaixx
sakaixx

Yep, really needed that on ps3 to buy games cheap + they got some sweet deals. on ps4 I just waited for free games cause I don't even know what to play anymore lol release infamous SS already !

emerin76
emerin76

That's good for Sony.  need the $$.

cctv100
cctv100

I have 3 PlayStation Network accounts because of region lock

Kooken58
Kooken58

When the majority of games now days have a vast majority of content that is online multiplayer and you force people to pay a sub fee to play games online...of course a huge chunk of the player base is going to be subbed to the Playstation plus.   This is why I choose to stick with PC gaming for multiplayer, its free, offers far more content and the support of modding.

clqtte
clqtte

Not yet, but very soon.........

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

That's a lie, and PS Plus is a shame to the industry of games, the developers hate that service, Sony gives games for free, it devalues their hard work, just like what happens with Steam sales.

There is no difference between that and piracy.

tzolynski
tzolynski

@kutulu1  Without PS+ im not sure what people are playing right now...  AC4? 

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

@kutulu1  I don't support the hate towards Microsoft but I agree Sony giving the option is a friendly business model I can get behind.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@th3onewhoknocks Only because MS makes it Extortionbox Live Gold. Sony's taking their first step towards MS's unethical business practices. I'll take a Steam Machine/PC, 3DS, and Wii U over a Paystation 4 or an Ex-box One.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@dogfather76 Funny thing is that the game division is the only one that will get a good income the next fiscal perior (Provably the music and TV brodcast too, but mainly the game's one)

Vodoo
Vodoo

@dogfather76  LMAO. .. I was thinking the same thing. I think this guy's making up his own lingo here. 

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

@sakaixx  Wow I can't even begin to say what's wrong with your post. So I won't.


Just play a decent PS3 game on a PS3, till Strider roles onto the PS4 store.

slainta
slainta

@Kooken58  I am pretty sure that if I had to buy in Steam just the games from PS+ I've got Platinum, it would have costed me at least 3 or 4 times the PS+ subscription. 6-7 times at least for all games I just finished the main story.


If I could find those games in Steam. Because great games like Uncharted 3, Dragon's Dogma, DMC and many others aren't for PC after all, are they?

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@Diegoctba I think you already left behind line between trollin and absurdity and fully entered into this last category. Seriously man...

Kevy1252
Kevy1252

@Diegoctba  i believe that you sir, are an idiot that likes to waste your money. If i had to choose between  an awesome game  at a discounted price instead or then full price, then i would choose the latter. Logic simply dictates it, which i think you lack but are full of it though if that's a consolation

MapleLeafKush
MapleLeafKush

@Diegoctba  You do realize Sony pays them for the game Licenses, you know nothing and are irrefutably retarded 

SiLenTWarrior29
SiLenTWarrior29

I see your still swinging so tightly and lovingly on microsucks nuts. Lol

milanfla
milanfla

@Diegoctba  I believe that that the devs agree with the discount on steam,because they have a lot of more sales

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

@Jinzo_111887 Your knowledge is flawed! PlayStation 4 doesn't require Plus to be online, just to playing with others in online multiplayer modes. If you're mostly a single player gamer? You have no worries at all. You can still chat use the store, play locally with a friend for leaderboards and much more.

Also Elder Scrolls online doesn't require Plus so, erm yeah. & that other than a decent fighter is all I personally care in regards to online but to each his or her own..


As for your other devices go. Cool stuff, enjoy your games fella. But get over yourself.

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

 @slainta  Plus is an option, if people like what the service offers? they'll get it. Even as a none Plus member it's connection to PSN is very stable so your Sony hate is clear like daybreak.


Plus and Online is merely a choice, not a necessity.

streamline
streamline

@Vodoo @dogfather76Sounds like a bad Japanese to English translation, but even if that happened, it makes no sense for Gamespot to use those words.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@3dmatrixgamer @Kooken58If you're talking about cheating online, consoles have that too. I played Mario Kart Wii with someone who was practically warping around the track once. I saw him hovering in air like he was respawning while driving. However, at least Valve offers a good solution: the VAC ban.

lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

@slainta @Kooken58DMC sold like hotcakes on PC and is the proper version to play, pipe down and watch watcha sayin, and It would have been interesting to have seen Dragon's Dogma on PC but hey PC has far better RPGs than that hell PC started the genre and still rules it, as for Uncharted who cares PS exclusives suck anyway and they are all only playable at 30fps, no better than Microsoft.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@milanfla @DiegoctbaImpulse buys on digital? Perhaps that's what Sony hopes to achieve. Sadly, trying to push PS+ on people isn't going to work on everyone.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@RSM-HQ @Jinzo_111887It's needed for online multiplayer of retail games, which I tend to buy a lot. Also, I have no intention of letting it go.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@RSM-HQ @slaintaNo, slainta's half right. Not everyone has quality broadband in America. You have companies using data caps, ISPs that refuse to offer service in some areas because they don't want to go down dead end roads, and there are also ISPs that do provide service, but its unstable.

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

@lonesamurai1 You don't have a PlayStation I gather? PC is awesome, but your comment blows!


Just like so many PC Elitists before you, narrow minded and smug.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@HowlPendragon @MapleLeafKushI call it "standing my ground on the issue." It's one thing to use their subscription service as for promos and deals, but I see the line crossed when companies use their premium service to get money from people by requiring it for online multiplayer.

Stevo_the_gamer
Stevo_the_gamer moderator moderator

@Diegoctba @milanfla @th3onewhoknocks  The rules are clear; knowingly choosing to ignore them, and evade action will result in swift moderation. You are all responsible for the choices you make in how to approach situations.

milanfla
milanfla

@Vodoo @Diegoctba @milanfla  No, you are wrong.I am a gamer like every one on this site.And I don't give a bad name to te Playstation community, tell that to my PSN friends.

Vodoo
Vodoo

@Diegoctba @milanfla You all should be banned! You give a bad name to the Playstation community and gamers in general. You're the furthest thing from any sort of real gamer on this site. THAT'S what the mods should do. ... send you & your homeboys back to the trailer park!