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Blimey, Half of All PS4 Users Are Subscribed to PlayStation Plus

Posted by Kell Andersen

Money, money, money

The PlayStation 4 is selling like hotcakes – this much we know. But what about the Japanese giant’s premium subscription service? Have people been opening their wallets for PlayStation Plus with similar speed? Well, at a recent investors meeting, Sony president Kaz Hirai revealed that around half of all PS4 users are subscribed to the online model.

After forcing our crack team of highly trained math monkeys to crunch the numbers, we’ve determined that this means approximately 3.5 million people use the service. That’s a pretty good result, by any standard, but not entirely unexpected. We’ve always been huge fans of PlayStation Plus here at Push Square, and like to think that people can spot a bargain when they see one. Indeed, it warms the cockles of our otherwise jaded and cynical hearts to see a brilliant product getting the respect that it deserves.

Unfortunately, our jaded and cynical hearts are also quick to point out that the service is mandatory for online play on the super machine, which probably accounts for some of those numbers. Are you a PlayStation Plus subscriber? Are you happy with Sony’s recent offerings? Renew your subscription in the comments section below.

[via eurogamer.net]

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User Comments (19)

Punkinhead145

#1

Punkinhead145 said:

Honestly, so far I'm pretty satisfied with the service. I've gotten a few pretty indie games out of it for free, and the discounts are a nice bonus. I'm just waiting for the bigger titles to be released for it.

FullbringIchigo

#2

FullbringIchigo said:

mine just ran out, but I will re-subscribe when I can afford to, too much to pay out at the moment though

Blink007

#3

Blink007 said:

I don't really play any games online but I've loved the instant games collection and I can understand why Playstation Plus is used by so many.

divinelite

#4

divinelite said:

Dont really play much multiplayer but i like getting free games and mostly good sales

charlesnarles

#5

charlesnarles said:

$50 for annual mp and free games etc at least once a month, or $400 for a sp last-gen-port/fps machine...? No-brainer.

GrafUlrich88

#7

GrafUlrich88 said:

I totally enjoy PS Plus and it has been great since I got my PS3 in Jun 2010. I have so many free games over the years and the big sales discounts are great as well.

Cheers!!!

Graf

Cloud7794

#8

Cloud7794 said:

I love how Playstation Plus offers something for both multiplayer and single-player gamers on PS3. You get some great games to play on your own, then they throw in games to dominate your friends (or dominate with your friends) such as Skullgirls, Dungeon Defenders, etc. Can't wait until 2016 when the PS4 catalog of games allows for some more variety in PS+ pickings.

Tasuki

#9

Tasuki said:

I will admit the reason I bought it was because I saw all the awesome games that PS3 PSN members got for free and I am hoping that the rewards will be just as nice for PS4 members. So far I am really enjoying the games I got for free with PSN.

JaxonH

#10

JaxonH said:

Well yeah, that's kind of to be expected considering they're mandating PS Plus for online play...

I proudly stand against online subscriptions, across the board on all platforms. Others can do as they wish, but I say "enough is enough"> Bought the game, bought the console, paid my internet bill. I'm not going to pay AGAIN just to use those three things in tandem. I'll be just fine enjoying my single player games, and playing multiplayer on my free-online platforms. PS3, Vita, Wii U and 3DS... I salute you.

Gamer83

#11

Gamer83 said:

PS4 is kind of useless without it. Just like an Xbox console without Live.

ToOGoodOfAPlaya

#12

ToOGoodOfAPlaya said:

Were it not for Battlefield and Assassins Creed, I would bother with it on PS4. At least not yet.
I don't expect triple A before anyone jumps on that bandwagon, but I bought my PS4 to play games representative of it's hardware.

SparkyMcFly

#13

SparkyMcFly said:

As a Vita, 3 and 4 owner I am very impressed with the monthly offerings. Every month there has been something I have really enjoyed. For me I love to see the 4 pushed but am just as happy playing any game that plays well. When you grew up on a spectrum you learn to appreciate gameplay a lot more than graphics...

Also I don't play online so have gone for Plus voluntarily.

N711

#14

N711 said:

It really great when you have PS4 PS3 and Vita. P+ really worth it. I'd like Knack and heavy rain in the IGC

kensredemption

#15

kensredemption said:

I would've preferred it if Sony left PS+ as an optional service when it comes to online multiplayer. It makes me feel like I'm having to pay more to fully access the games I would play. Like, you'd already have to pay $65~ just to get a game like KZ:SF and then an additional $9~ a month to play it online. I mean sure, it comes with it's perks like discounts on the store and free games every once in awhile, but they're slim pickings in my region. EU and JP PS Stores get earlier discounts on AAA titles, while the US store seems to worship indies more often than not.

ReigningSemtex

#16

ReigningSemtex said:

Since I have had ps plus it has been fantastic very happy with it. Ps plus and sony's recent sales have completely filled my hard drive I'm a happy gamer

Unca_LzStaff

#17

Unca_Lz said:

As much as they give out on the subscription, are they really profiting at all?

Edwin_GarciaStaff

#18

Edwin_Garcia said:

@Gamer83 a lot of games don't require ps+ to play online and none of the streaming apps need it or at least not the popular ones.

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