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Number of PlayStation Plus subscribers worldwide 2014-2020

First launched in 2010, PlayStation Plus is Sony’s subscription service which allows PlayStation 4 users to play online multiplayer. As of May 2020, the service had over 41.5 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 several years later - global sales of PS4 consoles have exceeded 100 million units. 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 less than a cumulative 50 million units worldwide, 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 2020

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Release date

May 2020



Survey time period

2014 to 2020

Supplementary notes

Figures as reported by various sources. Figures for periods other than May 2020 come from previous reports.

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