Sony loses nearly 2 million PlayStation Plus subscribers since service overhaul

The number of PlayStation Plus subscribers has dropped by almost two million since Sony launched its revamped subscription service in June.

According to the latest information from the company financial reportSony’s PlayStation Plus tiered subscription service fell from 47.3 million at the end of June to 45.4 million in the three months to September 30, a decline of 4%.

Sony pointed out that the ratio of gamers subscribed to the service is significantly higher on the PS5 than on the previous generation PS4 console. In response, Sony management plans to accelerate the adoption of PS5 hardware to “recoup that user engagement in the future.”

The number of active users on PlayStation Network also fell by one million in the last quarter to 102 million players.

Although its numbers dropped on the digital side, Sony still had a strong showing when it came to PlayStation 5 hardware. The company announced that it had now sold over 25 million units and was able to producing around 6.5 million new PS5s in the three months to September 30.

Sony announced the revamp of its PlayStation Plus service in March as a subscription somewhat similar to Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass, but did not complete the rollout until June, when the three new tiers arrived in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Best PS Plus Games (Extra and Premium Tiers)

Although the Essential tier is essentially the same as the original PlayStation Plus release – allowing users to play online and grant monthly games at no additional costExtra and Premium tiers have added brand new content.

Both allow users access to a catalog of games from the PlayStation 4 and 5, including Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Dragon Quest 11 and Red Dead Redemption 2, while the Premium tier also comes with a classic catalog that includes games from the original PlayStation to the PS3.

Anthony Wood is a freelance science writer for IGN.

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