Number of PlayStation Plus subscribers worldwide 2014-2018

First launched in 2010, PlayStation Plus is Sony’s subscription service which allows PlayStation 4 users to play online multiplayer. As of December 2018, the service had over 36 million subscribers, a vast increase from the eight million in 2014.

PlayStation Plus perks

As well as enabling gamers to play with their friends online, PlayStation Plus comes with several other perks. PS Plus members are given early access to upcoming games and are given discounts on PlayStation Store items. One of the biggest perks is the gift of two PlayStation 4 games every month. These so-called Instant Game Collection games have ranged from blockbuster games such as Call of Duty: Black Ops III and Destiny 2, to smaller games such as a limousine driving game, Roundabout, and Knowledge is Power, a local multiplayer quiz game. In total, PlayStation Plus subscribers were offered 1,508.74 U.S. dollars’ worth of free video games in 2018.  

PlayStation still going strong

The Playstation 4, Sony’s latest console offering, was first released in 2013, but is still selling strong some six years later. Global sales of PS4 consoles reached 94.7 million units in March 2019. Its long-time console rival has been Microsoft’s Xbox One, which was released in the same month. However, Sony seems to be winning the fight for supremacy as the Xbox One has sold a cumulative 42.2 million units worldwide as of March 2019, less than half of Sony’s console offering. With the Nintendo Switch, first released in 2017, also proving to be very popular, it seems that the ongoing console battle shows no signs of ending.

Number of subscribers of PlayStation Plus worldwide from 2014 to 2018

Number of subscribers in millions
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Sources

Release date

February 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2014 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Figures as reported by various sources. Figures for periods other than December 2018 come from previous reporting.

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