That's an insane number, isn't it? Sony revealed in its recent investor meeting that the PlayStation Network now has a whopping 94 million active users, with 90% having connected to the internet at some point in the past 12 months. PlayStation Plus can boast of impressive numbers too, with over 36 million subscribes at the end of March 2019.
During the 2018 fiscal year, PS4 was used on average for more than 21 hours a week, and who can blame them? With a wealth of content at their fingertips, PlayStation 4 engagement is off the charts. PSN users are also splashing the cash too, with an average lifetime spend exceeding $700. Collectively, over $20 billion was spent on the PlayStation Store during fiscal year 2018, a number many of us can't even comprehend. This comes off the back of the news that PSN alone generated more income for Sony than the entirity of Nintendo in 2018. Crazy stuff.
Have you been investing in content in the PlayStation Store? Splash the cash in the comments below.
I bought ys lacrimosa of Dana 3 weeks ago on the pan store.it was finally on sale.still didn't play it yet.i bout 7 physical games .physical disc on eBay.so my backlog is crazy.im playing the addictive darkest dungeon.man I 💖ve this game.word up son
Not sure logged on within 12 months can really be defined as “active”, how many people have gym memberships they don’t use, but sure, I do love the sales PSN run. Not a sub these days though. Likely will resub for next gen.
I rarely play online but psplus is worthed just for discount and cloud save 😃
the last thing i bought on PSN was the Horizon: Zero Dawn expansion, when it came out.
I suppose active users just means the number is up to date, as opposed to a year ago.
I can only see the PS Plus members decreasing at the moment now the value for money is pretty bad, comparing to a year ago. Many complaints online about it.
I know it doesn't work out exactly like this (staggered subs, shorter subs etc.), but if you multiply a £50 annual sub by 36 million, that's potentially £1.8 billion.
@tomassi Yeah, but the internet always loves to complain about something. Those "many" online complaints are a tiny fraction of the 36 million subscribers.
True, it's not the value it was, and I honestly expected them to add... something... to sweeten the deal, but it's still pretty good value. I only ever took a couple of PS3 games, not a single Vita game, and haven't taken that many PS4 games... but with the few games I take over a year, the discounts, the cloud save storage, I still consider it to be worth the money as I still get more value than I paid.
@Paranoimia Each to their own. I was personally happy for it to expire late last year and have had no inclination to renew since. It's not terrible value for money but the sour taste is that Sony could become that lazy or arrogant leading up to a new generation of console that they actively upped the price of the subscription whilst halving what you actually get for your money. That is NOT sound business sense, is it?
@tomassi It depends on how you look at it. From their point of view, they're not wasting time/effort/money supporting legacy systems while investing heavily in the next generation. Plus, it maybe gives some people that final nudge to upgrade to PS4, and then to PS5.
I think the fact they supported PS3 for over 5 years after the arrival of PS4 is quite admirable. There's also the possibility that it's not necessarily all down to Sony - it could be that any deals they had in place were expiring and it wasn't in their interest, or financially viable, to renew them. I obviously don't know the details of the set-up, but presumably they can't just give away whatever they want to, they still need the publisher's and/or developer's permission. Rights issues/cost may also be why they haven't added a couple of movie rentals to the service to pad it out for a while.
@Paranoimia I'm not saying it doesn't make good business sense for Sony, I'm sure they are loving it that they charge more for less! But for the customer it's a complete rip off really.
What used to be £39.99 per year for 6 games is now £49.99 per year for 2 games (and the games lately haven't even compensated for the loss). No one can argue that is good for the customer. And I can't believe Sony would try and actively pee off customers when moving into a new generation. It's either naivety or arrogance I would think, probably the latter if we're being honest.
Maybe I'll see how it turns out as a service for PS5. As it is though, I think PS Now (if you get it on a deal) is the better value because it ends up with most of the Plus games anyway, and you have hundreds of PS3 games too.
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