Here's How Many PS Plus Subscribers There Are
Millions and millions of people are paying for the online service.
As part of Sony's Investor Relations Day today, June 29, the Japanese company confirmed there were 20.8 million PlayStation Plus subscribers for its latest financial year.
That figure pertains to subscribers across all PlayStation devices, including consoles such as PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita. Here is the slide from Sony's presentation, in which the company also mentions "Games as a service" as being a revenue opportunity.
It was also mentioned that there are around 60 million total monthly active PlayStation users (across all platforms), meaning around one third pay for PlayStation Plus.
PlayStation Plus is required for online multiplayer on PS4. Additionally, some of the benefits include discounts on games and movies, as well as free games every month. Memberships are available for one month ($10), three months ($18) or 12 months ($50).
In comparison, by Microsoft's latest count, there are 48 million "active" Xbox Live members, though this counts free and paid accounts. Microsoft has not announced how many Xbox Live Gold members it has.
Another slide (below) mentions that Sony's aim is to "retain and expand" the number of "engaged" PlayStation users, and also increase average revenue per paying user.
Also during Sony's Investor Day Briefing, PlayStation executive Andrew House said you should not expect the company to imitate Microsoft's Play Anywhere initiative with a similar service of its own.
"I always hesitate to be drawn into discussions on someone else's strategy," he said. "I'm more than happy to talk about our own strategy... Yes, there was a big emphasis from the folks at Microsoft on Xbox and PC cross-play. It remains to be seen whether there is latent large consumer demand for that."