Pachter: One million PlayStation Plus subscribers this year

By Joe Anderson, Sunday, 20 June 2010 18:15 GMT

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Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter predicts that Sony’s PlayStation Plus service could be a big hit, although he adds that it’s the people who pay that will seen most benefits.

Speaking on the latest episode of Bonus Round, Pachter revealed that he expects any new improvements to the service to be exclusive to PlayStation Plus members.

“I think that every enhancement to Playstation Network going forward is going to be for Playstation Plus so they’re always going to give you basic online gameplay,” he said.

“I think when they start adding tournaments and new types of achievement systems it’s going to be for Playstation Plus members only and they’ll get a very slow migration over to the $50 a year (£39.99 in the UK).”

Pachter added he believes the service will prove to be very successful, with Sony gaining one million subscribers over the next year.

“I think Playstation Plus will work,” he said. “You’ll get one million subscribers this year, two million next year, three million the next year and it’ll just slowly build.”

Playstation Plus launches on June 29.

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