Analyst Claims PS+ On PS4 Will Net Sony $1.2bn

According to analysts at IHS Electronics and Media, Sony’s decision to put the PS4’s online multiplayer behind the PS+ paywall will generate the company upwards of $1.2 billion per annum moving forward.

Whilst neither Sony or Microsoft have publicly confirmed the figures, the analysts have suggested Sony made just $140 million from PS Plus subscriptions in the 2012 financial year, while Microsoft’s Xbox Live Gold service – required for online play – netted the company a cool $1.25 billion in the same timeframe.

Revenue attained via Microsoft’s lucrative online service in the eleven years since its 2002 launch has reached an astonishing $4.7 billion the research firm went on to claim – before citing how Sony’s strategy for the PS4 will also help to increase their turnover next-gen, with “lower research and development costs for PlayStation 4 hardware, additional revenue streams from online service subscriptions and a more aggressive transition to higher margin digital content sales” all being factored in.

Analyst Claims PS+ On PS4 Will Net Sony $1.2bn

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