PS5 and PS4: software sales, exclusive first party and PS Plus subscribers are dropping

PS5 and PS4: software sales, exclusive first party and PS Plus subscribers are dropping

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Among the financial data published by Sony PlayStation in the past few hours there is a sharp decline in software sales in the first quarter of the new fiscal year, which is also associated with decreases in sales of first party games and in PlayStation Plus subscribers.

Sony's first quarter of fiscal year 2022 is therefore confirmed as rather negative: after seeing the PS5 hardware sales, which are still in line with expectations, software sales show 47.1 million copies totaled, with a a decrease of 26% compared to the same period of the previous year.

Sony, financial data for the first quarter of fiscal year 2022 Considerable collapse also with regard to exclusive first party games for PS4 and PS5, which set a real negative record in the quarter between April and June 2022 with 6.4 million copies sold: this is the worst figure also considering all the quarters of the fiscal years 2019, 2020 and 2021.

The new arrivals expected in the coming months should help to improve the situation, in particularly with the release of The Last of Us Part I in September and God of War Ragnarok in November, in order to revive a software sector that has obviously suffered the repercussions of the generalized crisis in the market.

The PlayStation Plus subscribers, for the second consecutive quarter: the third quarter of fiscal year 2021 remains in this sense a sort of positive record, given that the 48 million reached at the time remain the highest point reached so far by the se service on subscription by Sony, which subsequently saw the total drop to 47.4 and then to 47.3 million users in the quarter under review, with a figure in any case higher than that of the corresponding period of the previous year, therefore the decline it is light.

With regards to this specific data, we expect to see important changes as early as the following quarter, given that the full relaunch of the service took place in June with the new three-tier PlayStation Plus.

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PS5 and PS4 games are excellent, Sony seems unstoppable –

The PS5 and PS4 games Available to subscribers PlayStation Plus within a month August 2022 They are really great, the best lineup in a long time now, and they add to what has been announced for the Extra and Premium level catalog.

In short, Sony seems unstoppable We wonder how long this aggressive approach of the Japanese company, which is pushing to the limit in order to increase subscriptions to its service, but which will have to slow down at some point … if only to avoid saturation of the supply and affect sales of new versions, and above all something in retail format.

As mentioned, the August 2022 PS Plus games include the amazing jRPG Yakuza: Like a Dragon in the dual version of PlayStation 5 And the Playstation 4Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 excellent remastered collection, also for PS5 and PS4, and finally the agonizing adventure of Little Nightmares on PS4.

Three titles of great depth, no doubt. The first revolutionized the series yakuza Open it to the general public by abandoning the historical gameplay in favor of turn-based combatlessons and upgrades set against the backdrop of a totally engaging story that takes place between Tokyo and Yokohama, with an all-new cast of characters and as usual, very true: we talked about it in our Yakuza: Like a Dragon review.

Yakuza: Playable characters like a dragon

Instead, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 (check here) selects one of the most welcome returns ever, the sports series associated with Tony Hawkas part of a reconfiguration device that preserves the original spirit of the experience while upgrading it to modern quality standards, even from a technical point of view.

Then there’s Little Nightmares (review), Tarsier Studios’ gem that blends fairy tales and horror stories to engage us in the events of the Six Youths, a girl trapped in a massive ship full of corrupt spirits who are just waiting for a chance for you to take over, from which we’ll have to help her escape.

Little Nightmares Six explores the scene with the help of a flashlight

Little Nightmares Six explores the scene with the help of a flashlight

Little Nightmares Six explores the scene with the help of a flashlight

In addition to these games, there are also updates to the August 2022 PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium catalog, which includes eight games from the Yakuza series: closing the circle perfect for those who’ve always wanted to give the SEGA series a chance, and now have no more excuses.

While we wait to find out what will happen in the next few months, there is no doubt that Sony is pays too much Its renewed subscription service and it would be interesting to understand how much the platform numbers have grown compared to the past, but also what kind of balance the company aims to strike to avoid saturation that could be counterproductive, since there is one thing really that nobody can buy time.

Yakuza 0, Kazuma Kiryu in its 80s version

Yakuza 0, Kazuma Kiryu in its 80s version

Yakuza 0, Kazuma Kiryu in its 80s version

So what is Sony’s strategy? How far will the Japanese home go with the new PlayStation Plus without affecting exclusive first-party sales? Will there be a compromise of supply or will we see furious progress through the fall to grow the user base? Let’s talk about.

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