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PlayStation Plus Is Officially Losing the Battle To Game Pass

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Joseph Kime

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5th Aug 2021 12:48

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The war for streaming supremacy is just on the precipice of getting a bit fiery. The Xbox Game Pass innovated on what the gaming landscape can be for consumers, and it didn’t take long for PlayStation to take notice. What was once a nice bonus for Xbox players has become a point of contention across the gaming world, and competition has flared up everywhere.

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Especially at PSHQ, where the introduction of PlayStation Plus has offered PS users a chance to work through monthly-released games, next-gen titles included, and to play online with friends and strangers alike. But, it’s, uh… not working as intended.

PlayStation Plus Loses A Million Subscribers

PS Plus Is Losing Subscribers - And Fast

Sony’s latest financial report, as you can imagine, was pretty solid overall. The company’s still making bank off the back of the staggered release of PlayStation 5 consoles, and game sales are still working nicely - but one segment of the company’s output isn’t quite performing as well.

PlayStation Plus has supposedly shed a monstrous amount of subscribers in the gap between Q4 of 2020 and Q1 of 2021, losing more than a whopping one million subscribers in the short span of time. Oof.

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It’s not just PlayStation Plus in the pits either, as the PlayStation Network as a whole has experienced a loss of nearly five million users, dropping from 109 million active users to 104.

But, PlayStation isn’t too alarmed.

PlayStation Respond To PS Plus’ Losses

PS Plus Is Losing Subscribers - And Fast

Addressing the big dip in a recent Q&A, Sony doesn’t seem particularly phased by the service’s losses, and in fact, suggested that they should have seen it coming. ”Last year, the stay-at-home demand was such a significant demand in hindsight”, a spokesperson has said. “Compared to FY19 there is an increase, so we will monitor the situation carefully [...] and make efforts to enhance and upgrade the platform to support this business.”

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PlayStation aren’t worried, but who knows, this could spell the start of a concerning decline for the company. Maybe Xbox has suffered a similar hit, but we won’t know until there’s some kind of announcement. Either way, we hope this is something PlayStation recover from - but chances are they’ll be just fine. 

 

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China Tries To Ban Video Games Featuring 'Gay Love'

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Tom Chapman

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17th Sep 2021 11:56

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