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Sony Won’t Say How Many People Have PlayStation Plus, But They Will Share Other Plus Stats

Kotaku writes: "Microsoft refuses to say how many people subscribe to Xbox Live Gold, and Sony still won't say how many people use PlayStation Plus—the premium PS3 service I've said is far and away better than Gold.

Jack Buser, senior director of PlayStation Digital Platforms, declined to give that number during a brief phone chat with me yesterday, but waved me off from thinking it's a sign that the rather excellent Plus isn't drawing paying $50-a-year users.

"We are extremely proud of the number," he said, before saying that, no, he wouldn't answer my question of whether the Plus subscriber count has seven figures or not. "We don't share that number."

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hennessey861902d ago

Who owns a ps3 should get plus, it's an excellent service and I have played games that I wouldn't have played if it wasn't for plus.

r1sh121901d ago

I find it a little annoying when both MS and Sony do not actually announce the number of subscribers. I can only assume its because it is lower than the expected numbers by analysts or journalists.

These days I dont have time for PS+ or XBL but as a consumer PS+ offers much better value hands down.
As a service is it better than XBL, for me I dont think so.
But thats just my opinion and how i use (when I have time) both services, which is primarily online gaming.

dantesparda1901d ago

"As a service is it better than XBL"

Hells yeah its a better service/value than XBL. You know, you Xbox fanboys have go to get out of lala land and face reality. The two services are nothing like each other, except for the fact that you have to pay for both. And PS+ is even better there ($50 a yr service vs $60 dollars a yr service). With Live you arent really getting anything for it except for what everybody else in the world gives you for free. With 360 you have had to pay $50 to $60 a yr just to get you're games other half. Thats it!!! While with Plus you get so much more for your money that its not even funny. Heck you get way more than $50 worth.

Red_Orange_Juice1901d ago

around 50% of my PSN dudes have PS+

ChronoJoe1901d ago (Edited 1901d ago )

Well no one announces any of their figures for digital trading for some reason. That's why sales from Steam, PSN, or XBLA aren't tacked on VGChartz and so forth.

It's a bit annoying really. Perhaps they don't want these figures to be effecting their stock value whilst they're still establishing their digital distribution platforms.

You can still find figures though on the specific publishers financial reports at the end of each quarter. Sony will probably publish more info on their plus statistics at a later date on one of the reports on their investor relations pages.

ALLWRONG1901d ago

Party chat and cross game chat. Can PSN+ do that?

StreetsofRage1901d ago

Party Chat and Cross game chat really is worth the admission. Especially Party Chat so I can have a tactical multiplayer game without all the verbal bs.

PS+ really doesn't do much but give you old free games that I have no interest in playing.

r1sh121901d ago

@dantesparda..
I said for me XBL is a better service than PS+, because all I do is play online.
I dont have time to enjoy the benefits of PS+ which is better value by a long way, XBL rarely has downtime or maintenance as often as PSN and more of my friends are on XBL which is why XBL is better than PS+ for me.
The annoying thing is once you use party chat and go over the the PS3 you realise that it is a useful tool, you might not need it, but you realise that it is not there and having conversations across many games is fun

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Eyeco1901d ago (Edited 1901d ago )

I cant believe the amount of free games i got , Dead Space 2, Red Dead Redemption, LBP2, (which i will buy after my sub ends), Just Cause 2, Infamous 2, Borderlands ,these aren't bad games either these are quality games, plus i got a free beta to DUST.

Anyone that says PS+ is just a way to get you to spend more money is liar, because for £15-40 your getting up to £200 worth of games as well as early access to betas and discounts.

Omnislash1901d ago

you got Dead Space and RDR for free?

tiffac0081901d ago (Edited 1901d ago )

When did DS2 and RDR became free on PSN O_O?!

Was I late in joining in? D: D: D:

Edit: NVM I see RDR was added to the EU PSN. :/

Eyeco1900d ago

I've just found out that Starhawk is free to download ,i the eu store, wow just wow

lodossrage1901d ago (Edited 1901d ago )

If you actually had plus you'd know that do give you new, Day 1 release games too. But you'd actually need to HAVE the service or have used it to KNOW that.

For example, they gave Stacking free day 1. Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown free day 1. Double Dragon Neon free day 1. Etc.

@ALLWRONG

The Vita can do those.

You both can sit here and try to Justify the Xbox Live cost all you want. But the Vita lets you do that stuff WITHOUT the "price of admission".

And make no mistake, the PS4 will certainly have all that as well and still more than likely be free with Plus being optional. So what will be your justification then?

smashman981901d ago

I don't wanna say plus is mandatory but it kinda is

lorianguy1901d ago

It's not mandatory at all though; you still have a fully functioning system and online service without..
However, in the sense that any sane person would jump at it, it is kinda mandatory :)

smashman981901d ago

Lol ppl misunderstood me I meant its such a good deal its like it is mandatory I'm a ps + and have been for over year

Silly gameAr1901d ago (Edited 1901d ago )

ummmm, no it's not.

Edit Oh. Sorry about that lol. I've had it since day one and I'm pretty sure I'm going to be a lifetime sub, or at least as long as it's around.

Tetsujin1901d ago

If only every new ps3 had at least a trial run to show the value...

I like + and will renew when its time

lilmetal1901d ago

I'm pretty sure new systems come with a free 30-days of PS+.

A nice way to let people grab some free games, then giving them the opportunity to renew once their games expire.
With all that's available, you would never be able to finish everything within 30 days.

TongkatAli1901d ago (Edited 1901d ago )

Plus is the best thing to happen this gen. If you don't have it you don't know.

Baka-akaB1901d ago

I dont like subs , but this really grew on me and showed to have tremendeous value over time and most times .

This is how you do subs , with optional and appealing stuff , not with core features being held hostage , and under the guise of providing more contents .

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