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PS4 update: Sony shares major news for PlayStation Plus, PSN and PS5

Depending on your viewpoint, Sony's CES conference was either a drab disappointment or a ringing endorsement of the brands digital strategy as we slowly edge towards a new console generation launching at the end of 2020.

It was the reveal of the PS5 logo that drew most reaction, alongside confirmation of several features that had already been largely revealed already.

Namely: 3D Audio Sound, (controller) Haptics/Adaptive Triggers, Ultra-High Speed SSD, Hardware-Based Ray Tracing and Ultra HD Blu-Ray.

However, away from the next-gen talk with Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan, there was also plenty of positive news regarding Sony PlayStation's current PS4 sales and digital business.

Firstly, it was revealed that over 106 million PS4 consoles have now been sold. That's up from 101.63 million systems sold in October, when Sony last reported the number.

Equally, Sony has also sold 5 million PlayStation VR headsets.

Away from hardware and it's again positive news for the PlayStation's digital offering.

Ryan shared that the PS4 now has more than 103 million monthly active users with a third of those subscribed to the PlayStation Plus service.

In March 2019, Sony reported that more than 36 million had signed up to the PS Plus service with PSN users sitting at roughly 94 million.

Unfortunately, it doesn't seem as though PS Now subscriptions were revealed.

Why is this information key? Well Sony will no doubt be hoping to transition as much of those users over to the new console this Holiday.

Jim Ryan has already mentioned in various interviews how the company want a seamless transition to its next-generation console.

"Whether it's backwards compatibility or the possibility of cross-generational play, we'll be able to transition that community to next-gen," he said back in June.

"It won't be a binary choice about whether you have to be ether on PlayStation 4 or next-gen to continue your friendship."

Essentially, this ability to offer "cross-generational play," will hopefully negate any worries about a lack of players or early adopters.

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In short, the stronger the PS4 and PSN userbase continues to be, the better position Sony can hopefully position themselves for those who do wish to make the jump to PS5.

In the same vein, having PlayStation VR reach 5 million users again strengthen's the next generation, with Sony already confirming that the old tech (released back in 2016) will also be compatible with PS5.

It's easy to see how all of these numbers could be boring in the face of colourful exciting trailers, but realistically, this is fantastic news for the avid PlayStation fan who might be looking to fork out for the new console in 7 months time.

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