Speaking to investors in Tokyo, President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Andrew House has let on that plans are in place to improve PlayStation’s premium gaming service.
This follows a four-fold rise in paying subscribers since the PS4 launched, no doubt brought on by forcing gamers to pay for the service to get at online play.
In a year when the selection of free monthly PlayStation Plus games have been sparse in terms of titles from big name studios. Sony now wish to add another string to the PS4’s bow by strengthening the selection of games coming to PS Plus on the console.
As part of a drive to big up PS4 in the run up to Christmas, Sony has already revealed the games that will be free on Plus in December and January. A recent promo video (shown below) reminds us that Injustice and InFamous: First Light will be coming up for free.
What is to follow is not known, although it stands to reason that PS4 first needs to gather a selection of big name titles before they can start appearing for free on the service. While Plus is one of the higher margin businesses for Sony, there are added costs due to acquiring free content.
To give Plus a push, Sony will be strengthening the online multiplayer line-up to drive up the subscriber base and plans to enhance its community-based features in a move to attract a broader audience outside of core gamers.
House also mentioned that alpha and beta access to games would be prioritised on the service and that some sizeable investment is to go into bolstering the server infrastructure of PlayStation Network to help move all this along.