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PlayStation Network Sales Explode, Plus Subscribers Double

Posted by Sammy Barker

Catching fire

When the PlayStation Network was hit by a disastrous hack attack back in early 2011, many assumed that it would spell the end for the digital platform. In actual fact, the exact opposite has occurred, with the storefront achieving its “highest transactional” quarter yet over the past three months. In short, consumers spent more money on PSN content between April and June of this year than ever before.

In addition, PlayStation Plus subscriptions have almost doubled since the announcement of the Instant Game Collection at E3 earlier this year. Jack Buser, Senior Director of PlayStation digital platforms, told Joystiq that, while he couldn't go into the “nuts and bolts” of the network's performance, it is growing and becoming an increasingly more important component of Sony's business.

Are you finding that you're spending more money on the PlayStation Network these days? If so, what do you think is the reason for that?


User Comments (14)



meischoice said:

My auto subscription tricked me. That is why i am a PS Plus member for another 3 months.



Ginkgo said:

My main use for PSN is to download free demos. Try before you buy.

Personally, the only stuff I actually buy on PSN is content that cannot be bought anywhere else. In recent times I have bought : Infamous festival of blood, Flower, Journey, and some DLC for Batman AC. nothing significant. Considering Papo and Yo for my daughter.

I'm not a PS+ subscriber, because I don't have enough time to play the cheap/free games offered and make good use of it.

I don't buy digital content that is also available in shops, because Sony's ridiculous pricing policy in Australia makes it bad value. Why pay $109 for a new game on PSN, when I can pick up a physical copy in a shop for $69. Digital copies should be cheaper. When will they learn.

Having said all that, I am glad the service is doing well.



FuzzyYellowBalls said:

PS+ is a damn joke.
Anyone who subscribes to it falls under the category of "sucker"

This article actually makes me laugh because since the introduction of PS+ I have bought less & less & less & less from the PSN.

It's the first step in Sony's demise, if you ask me. When you are so ignorant as a company that you would divide your own damn community... well, that's just plain ignorant. Good job, Sony!



Autobot-69 said:

PS+ is great!
I've saved a small fortune on my PSN purchases since I've been subscribed.

Since the introduction of PS+ I have been able to buy more & more & more & more from the store due to all the savings I get on my purchases.

A subscription costs less than An Xbox live subscription and The value of the free games and general savings have saved me more than I paid for the subscription. I get nothing from Xbox but useless adds. Also, PS+ does not impact my online play so you can't tell the difference between a PS+ subscriber and non-subscriber when you play. Thanks Sony.



Manic7Muppet8 said:

I agree with Ginkgo's comments... I tend to use PSN for its free demos, recent example includes the demos for PES2013 and FIFA13.
I have not been a PS+ subscriber since the free month given as an apology for the PSN hack, I spend way too much money on games as it is.

I do tend to use PSN to download DLC for games and games exclusive to the PSN network, recent examples being Virtua Fighter: Final Showdown, Jet Set Radio, and Tokyo Jungle.

Again agreeing with Ginkgo, I refuse on principle to buy new game releases from PSN, that I can buy on disc cheaper and save my HDD space for network only games.



cheapogamer4life said:

Like others have said, I really don't have time to play to justify getting a plus subscription. Although I'll still do what I did last time around this time year. Sign up for 3 months because I'm sure their are going to be some amazing holiday offers coming up that are exclusive to +members.



Squiggle55 said:

plus is a ridiculously good deal. The instant game collection merely exists to entice new subscribers, but 3 or 4 PSN games a month and the occasional full digital blu-ray game, and Vita games to come. 60 minute trials/online save storage/discounts/betas/early access. It's an outrageous value.



get2sammyb said:

@FuzzyYellowBalls Are you utterly insane? PlayStation Plus is arguably the most valuable proposition in gaming right now — and it's only going to get better when it extends to Vita.

I mean, several commenters have already pointed out that you almost get too much with Plus (I concur, there just aren't enough hours in the day), which should probably indicate just how good it is.



rjejr said:

I bought myself PS+ the first year b/c as a kid I always liked getting magazines with game demos in them, and to me that's what + is, only instead of demos it's complete games, so that's nice. As nice as it was though I wasn't going to renew, but Target sold me a $50 1 yr. card for $17 so I had to renew. I honestly don't know if I'll renew again, but I probably will.

PS = Sammy, don't feed the trolls.



darkhairwarrior said:

My PlayStation Plus expired the other day, and I'm spending my current $20 on Sonic Adventure 2 HD when that comes out. :/



Yankeejer said:

I love PS+. Got a ton of free games that I never would have tried if they were not free.



bauckster said:

I really like PS+. Mighty fine value if you ask me. More than pays for itself, even if you don't buy full retail digital games (and I only rarely do). I love all the PSN indie stuff, discounts, free games, etc.

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