"All the 4.2 million PS4s that have already moved into the hands of consumers, more than half of the people that have now gotten their hands [on] the PS4 have actually signed up for PS Plus service, which bodes very well for us," said Hirai.
It wasn’t clear whether the number of PlayStation Plus users included those who activated the free 30-day PS Plus trial that came with the PS4, or if Hirai was referencing only the PlayStation Network users who paid for a subscription on their own. PlayStation Plus is $49.99 for one year and $17.99 for three months. Online usage for the PlayStation 3 was available at no cost to gamers.
Sony president and group CEO Andrew House revealed that 4.2 million PlayStation 4s had been sold worldwide as of Dec. 28, 2013. House made the announcement at the 2014 International CES on Jan. 7. The Japanese electronics brand added that the PS4 was its most successful console launch of all time. If half of those PS4 owners are subscribed to PlayStation Plus, that means approximately 2 million gamers are regularly using the service.
"The momentum of the PS4 system keeps getting stronger and we couldn't be more thrilled gamers worldwide are enjoying the incredibly immersive gaming experiences along with deep social capabilities and entertainment provided by our network," House stated. "After a remarkable launch, we look forward to bringing even more exciting content and continuing to explore the power of the PS4 system by adding new features and services.”
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During the call, Sony stated it predicts that 15 million PS3s and PS4s will reach homes by the end of March 2014.