PS Plus subscribers now make up around half of the global PlayStation 4 player-base, according to Sony boss Kaz Hirai.
It follows rumours that Sony is working on new PS4 and PS3 consoles.
Speaking at an investor briefing, Hirai said that approximately half of all PS4 users have registered to PlayStation Plus, and that the number of active users on PSN and the Sony Entertainment Network is above 52 million worldwide.
On Sony’s $1.2 billion financial lost posted earlier this month, Hirai stated, “As explained at last week’s earnings announcement, we recorded a substantial net loss for the 2013 fiscal year. Looking to fiscal 2014, due to the delayed recovery of our electronics business, and the continuation of our comprehensive restructuring program, we are again anticipating a net loss, of 50 billion yen.
“When I was appointed president, I made revitalizing the electronics business my highest priority, and we have since executed many initiatives. Yet, while the Entertainment and Financial Services businesses posted results that met or exceeded our projections last year, I am extremely disappointed that we have not been able to complete our electronics turnaround.
“In particular the fact that we have recorded a net loss for two successive years is something I take very seriously, and being unable to meet the expectations our stakeholders is something I deeply regret.”
The rise in paid PS Plus subscriptions cannot be a negative factor for Sony, but it remains to be seen just how much money that equates to. We’ll have more if we hear it.