Sony has shared more big updates this month, which reflects on the tumultuous year that has left consumers unable to buy new next-gen consoles.
And according to the latest news shared by Sony PlayStation, PS Plus subscriber numbers dropped by over 1 million when compared to the last two quarters.
That means the Q1 financial result confirms a short-term dip, which covers between March and ending June 30.
Sony reported a total PS Plus subscriber group of 46.3 million, up 1.3 million year-on-year, which raises some questions over what is happening.
Sony PlayStation shared their own ideas on what has happened, highlighting how a decline in monthly active users highlights what has happened in the world over the past 12 months.
Sony’s chief financial officer Hiroki Totoki shared this statement during the Sony earnings call, telling investors:
“Of course, 104m is not a strong number, but are we looking at it as a declining trend?
“We don’t think so. 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.”
While this news could be seen as less than positive, a further comment from Totoki suggests that this result could be good for subscribers.
He revealed that plans were being put in place to enhance the PlayStation platform, adding:
“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 decline). 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.”
This doesn’t mean that the PlayStation Plus subscription service will be changed in the coming months, but it can only be good news for those hoping to see more cracking titles included in the coming months.
The current lineup of August PS Plus free games can be found below and will be available to download until September 6:
Hunter’s Arena: Legends
As announced during State of Play earlier this month, Hunter’s Arena is coming to PlayStation Plus for both PS4 and PS5. The 30 player PvP & PvE combat-based battle royale* is set in an ancient age in which humanity battles each other as well as a growing legion of demons that have been unleashed upon the world.
Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville
EA’s off-the-wall team shooter returns. Ready your peashooters for the next over-the-top instalment in the Plants vs. Zombies franchise as the tension expands beyond Neighborville into new social and free-roam regions on the outer reaches of gaming’s most contested township. Choose one of 20 fully-customizable character classes, and perfect your play-style as you earn new rewards for each victory on the battlefield.
Tennis World Tour 2
Play for fun or take on Ranked mode to sharpen your skills. In Career mode, manage your season, your staff, your equipment and your sponsors. Alternatively take on friends locally or online* in singles or doubles games. Whatever mode you choose, you’ll experience dynamic, realistic and precise gameplay that puts you in the heart of legendary rallies.