The last financial quarter yieled the PSN's highest transactional sales yet.
At Sony's E3 press conference in June, SCEA President Jack Tretton announced that a slew of new titles would be made available to PlayStation Plus subscribers for the low, low price of free. Just under four months later, it appears the move was a success: subscriptions to the $50 annual service "almost doubled" during the week of E3, according to Jack Buser, Senior Director of PlayStation digital platforms. The jump in memberships was helped immensely by Instant Game Collection titles inFamous 2, LittleBigPlanet 2, Just Cause 2, Ratchet & Clank All 4 One, and Gotham City Imposters, which were the five most downloaded PS+ games.
The good news continues for Sony, as the last quarter was one of the best yet for the PlayStation Network. From April to June, the PSN posted its highest "transactional sales" ever, meaning more people downloaded games from the PSN during that time than any other quarter in the PSN's six-year existence. Buser didn't elaborate on which PSN titles were the best sellers, but he did say that the service was continuing to grow.
While some gamers balked when Sony announced PlayStation Plus in 2010, the amount of free content subscribers receive is commendable. The $60/year Xbox Live Gold feels necessary to fully appreciate the Xbox 360's features, like online multiplayer and use of Netflix streaming. On the other hand, PlayStation Plus has remained an optional bonus, and it seems to be living up to its promise of providing plenty of value for PS3 fans.