Number of Playstation Plus subscribers up 22% y.o.y.
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According to data presented by Safe Betting Sites, Playstation Plus grew to 47.4 million subscribers globally in 2020 – a 22% year-on-year increase from 2019, the Warsaw Business Journal reports.
There were also 114 million active users of PSN's free digital entertainment service as of the same time period.
PS Plus was launched in June of 2010 as the PSN's premium service that is paid through a monthly subscription. Having PS plus gives users access to premium benefits such as early access to major title releases, discounts at the PlayStation Store, online multiplayer functionality, and even free downloadable games every month.
One of the more attractive features that a PS Plus subscription provides is the free monthly games that include some major titles. In 2020, PS Plus subscribers had access to free downloads of 28 games including popular titles such as Uncharted, Call of Duty, and Need for Speed.
Overall, the cumulative retail value of the games offered for free on PS Plus in 2020 amounted to USD 789.72 with the games having a respectable average Metacritic score of 74.8. The figure is over USD 100 less than 2019's figures when PS plus offered 32 free games. These 2 figures from 2019 and 2020 are notably less than compared to years prior due to the PS Plus service stopping support for its PS Vita and PS3 platforms in 2019.
In September 2020, Playstation Plus unveiled its plans to carry over its users from the PS4 consoles to the new generation PS5 consoles. Sony announced that PS Plus members who purchase a PS5 will gain access to the Playstation Plus Collection. The PS Plus collection includes 20 titles that Sony considers as "generation-defining" for the PS4.
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