Sony Not Worried About Drop in PlayStation Plus Subs and Active Users - NewsWilliam D'Angelo , posted on 02 September 2021 / 5,707 Views
Sony Interactive Entertainment in its financial results announced the number of PlayStation Plus subscribers is now at 46.3 million, which is up 1.3 million from 45 million from the same quarter a year ago. However, this is down from the previous two quarters.
This is the biggest drop in the number of PlayStation Plus subscribers ever, according to data collected by ResetEra. The total number of subscribers dropped 1.3 million in the last quarter.
Sony also reported a drop in monthly active users to 104 million. This is a drop of about 10 million year-on-year.
Sony Chief Financial Officer Hiroki Totoki during Sony’s recent quarterly earnings call via VideoGamesChronicle said the reason for the drop is the stay-at-home restrictions that were in place in 2020 and early 2021.
"Of course, 104 million is not a strong number, but are we looking at it as a declining trend? We don’t think so," Totoki said. "We are trying to analyse different elements, but there are no conspicuous trends that we can capture. Maybe this month or next month we will have to continue to watch and do an analysis.
"At the risk of repetition, may I say that last year the stay-at-home demand was so significant in hindsight, so compared to that period last year as a trend of course [it’s declined]. [But] compared to fiscal 2019 there is an increase.
"So, we will monitor the situation carefully and we will deepen the engagement and enhance the platform, therefore during the coming fiscal year we will take actions to support this business."
Sony also announced today it had shipped 10.1 million PlayStation 5 consoles as of June 30, 2021. Sony shipped 0.5 million PlayStation 4 consoles for the quarter, to bring lifetime PS4 shipment figures to 116.5 million units.
PS5 sell-through to consumers topped 10 million units as of July 18, 2021, while the PS4 did not reach this milestone until three weeks later.
Totoki also revealed the $499 PlayStation 5 console that comes with a disc drive is no longer sold at a loss. He did add that the $399 PlayStation 5 Digital Edition is still sold at a loss, however, it is on track to have its loss offset by other hardware sales, such peripherals and the PlayStation 4.
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