PS PlusSony’s subscription service will add an additional 0.2 million believers during the first quarter of 2021 and reach the maximum number of members to date Sony Corporation on Wednesday released its financial report for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2020 (Q4 / FY2020), the period from January to March 31, 2021. The Japanese company is updating the number of active members for its loyalty program on PlayStation consoles, PS Plus, reaching 47.6 million subscribers worldwide.
If there were 47.4 million subscribers by December 31, 2020, PS Plus will add an additional 200,000 members in the first quarter of 2021, pushing the service to its all-time high. With this data, PlayStation Plus closes the fiscal year with 6.1 million loyalists; A year ago, it had 41.5 million subscribers at the same time, according to official figures from the Japanese company itself. PlayStation Network, meanwhile, registered 109 million active players per month; A year ago, during the same period, there were 114 million active players.
The Japanese company is looking for incentives to increase the appeal of PlayStation 5. In Poland, for example, they are testing Video Pass, a subscription-included solution featuring a range of Sony Pictures series and films. Likewise, PS5 players have the advantage of receiving a batch of 20 defining video games from the catalog, aside from the monthly games at no extra cost (usually one from PS5, two from PS4 and one from PlayStation Talents in Spain and Portugal). from PS4, the so-called PlayStation Plus Collection, which runs via backward compatibility.
PS5 Sells All 7.8 Million Consoles in Five Months; PS4 reaches 115.9 million
In that same report, Sony claims to have already distributed 7.8 million copies of its new domestic platform, PlayStation 5, which is more than the 7.6 million consoles PS4 sold in the first five months of its life. Likewise, PS4 has reached 115.9 million consoles shipped since its premiere; the second best-selling console in PlayStation history. In fiscal year 2020 alone, Sony managed to sell more than 338.9 million video games, 58.4 million of which were first party.
In spite of everything, the stock issues are directly affecting PlayStation 5 distribution, which won’t reach a sales flow in line with high demand until the second half of 2021, Sony estimates.