The health of PlayStation or Xbox is often diluted down to the amount of consoles sold. But an even more important metric – particularly to investors – is how many active subscribers each console has.
Sony’s PlayStation Plus service, which users need if they want to access online play for the PlayStation 4, currently has 41.5 million subscribers. The figure was announced during Sony’s Corporate Strategy Meeting, highlighting the difference between the amount of people who have bought a PlayStation 4, and the amount of active PlayStation 4 users.
At CES earlier this year, Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO Jim Ryan announced that more than 106 million PS4’s had been sold worldwide. That figure has since risen to 110 million, according to Sony’s most recently quarterly investor filing.
PlayStation’s other subscription services have grown in demand over the last year, too. PlayStation Now has 2.2 million paid subscribers worldwide, up from just over 1 million at the end of March last year. Remote Play is also much more popular since the release of the Android and iOS apps, with Sony revealing that Remote Play’s monthly active users has risen by around two and a half times in the last year – but the company did not disclose precisely how many MAUs Remote Play had.
Sony also recently revealed the success of their most recent first-party titles in the US and Europe, including Detroit: Become Human, Spider-Man, Bloodborne, Uncharted 4, God of War and Horizon: Zero Dawn. Marvel’s Spider-Man was the most successful, selling 13.2 million copies almost a year after its release, while Horizon: Zero Dawn sold around 10 million copies by the end of Christmas 2018. Uncharted 4 sold 8.7 million copies in its first year.
The strategy meeting made no mention of PlayStation VR, or its success worldwide. The company did pledge to show a “compelling lineup of titles soon”, and that the console was on track for a launch before the end of this calendar year. The briefing did note that cloud gaming would be a core pillar of the PlayStation 5. “The PlayStation Now cloud streaming game service and Remote Play functionality enable users to enjoy a seamless gaming experience anytime, anywhere,” Sony’s statement to investors said.
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