Wtf Gamers: PlayStation Premium ain’t it
Good morning gamers and welcome back to another WTF Gamers news post when it comes down to bad situations in the gaming world. This week there has been a buzz going around about PlayStation losing 2 million subscribers from their new PS Plus. As most of you know from our previous post we did about the new changes to PlayStation Plus going to PlayStation Premium. Which was trying to do what Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is right now, however they dropped the ball as some gamers are saying.
PlayStation Premium hits wrong:
Keep in mind that part is this is personal opinions not speaking for anyone but personal experience. So, PlayStation Plus is now the low-tier service to get your monthly free games only and to play online. Then you have the next two tiers of Deluxe and Premium offering a bit more like access to PS Now which is the combined service and 2-hour demos of select titles. What’s going on right now?
To put it simply The company announced a total of 47.3 million subscribers in FY2022 Q1. In Q2, that number went down to 45.4 million. Some won’t see that much of a big deal, but it is an eye-opener that something is wrong. This is one of those situations where you can’t help but compare and contrast with the other services from both Nintendo and Xbox. Keep in mind both give you options to gift games digitally to players. Also Hiroki Totoki, Chief Financial Officer of Sony had some things to say about the reason for this decline one being.
“The number of PlayStation Plus subscriber accounts at the end of September decreased 4% from the end of June to 45.4 million accounts. We see that this decrease results from a greater decline in user engagement among PlayStation 4 (PS4) users than expected. On the other hand, the ratio of PS Plus subscribers among PlayStation 5 (PS5) users remains at a level significantly higher than that of PS4. We are putting even more effort into accelerating the penetration of PS5 hardware to recover this user engagement going forward.”
Yes, not having access to the PlayStation 5 even though we are about to hit two years now is an issue that gamers are addressing, but personally, it feels more to it than that. I have stated many times before that the generation of each system does something right or something wrong and this time it is Sony’s turn. So far they have been going through some lawsuits with the monopoly that they have going on. Before you could buy digital copies or PSN cards from outside retailers and Sony took that option away.
Also, not having no general store to download old titles that most of us already own on our PS3 and PS4 which could play on the PS5. With the PlayStation Now combined with premium made it weird because they revamped PS1 and PS2 games to have trophies and downloadable. As for PS3 games, they can only be streamed which is awkward. Just open up the stores and give gamers proper access.
Here is the thing, I don’t want them to completely copy Xbox Game Pass, but there is enough content to give gamers what they want. With the PlayStation Premium, they are also giving out PSP games emulated as well. There are many great IPs Sony can bring back into the fold and forget Day One access, that’s not something everyone can do or want to do, but giving out more demos of games is enough. EA Play gives you ten hours of gameplay before you have to buy to continue your run. Just a simple demo is fine.
Hopefully in 2023 Sony can bounce back with more systems available to consumers and more titles which we do have a nice lineup to look forward to. But what say you on this whole thing? Are you a premium member and have you repped the rewards or did you stick to just regular PS Plus? Let’s discuss this. – Beast Out –