During a recent interview over at the official PlayStation Blog, Sony Computer Entertainment of Europe CEO and president Jim Ryan dropped a few rather vague tidbits regarding the PlayStation Plus service and how it plays into the future of PlayStation 4. Apparently Sony is really going to push their paid PSN service through the new console. How? Well, that's not for him to say, at least not right now.
During the interview, Ryan told blog manager Fred Dutton that the PlayStation Plus service is doing very well, and its growth has tripled over the last 12 months. That's good news for Sony.
Its rising success spells good things for the PlayStation's future as well, and Sony is hoping the service will play a "prominent" role in the PlayStation 4's future. Why not, if the fans like it?
"We’re very happy with the service that we’ve been able to offer with PS Plus. It’s been really well received – the value is quite extraordinary and the take-up has trebled over the course of the past year. We definitely see that as a core part of the way forward. We’re not yet in a position to disclose our plans for the future of PlayStation Plus, but there will definitely be a prominent role to play for it in the PlayStation 4 landscape."
Sony plains to continue supporting the PlayStation 3 for a good while, too. Although the new hardware has pretty much taken the spotlight, it is worth noting that the PlayStation 2 still enjoyed decent sales after the PS3's release:
"Typically history can help us only so far here. We're actually still selling PS2s in regions such as the Middle East seven years after we introduced PS3. There are a number of reasons why the transition might be a bit more accelerated this time round, but PS3 is a very important part of our portfolio, certainly in 2013, 2014 and probably beyond that."
Ryan also made mention of improving the European PlayStation Store, which has traditionally suffered problems like delayed games and, in some cases, missed releases. Sony is apparently making some effort to fix all this, and on that matter, Ryan explained:
"I think we’re getting a lot better and are a lot tighter than at any point in our history in having a coordinated approach across Europe, and also with colleagues in the US and Japan. I think we get a little better with every year that passes, with every major release that passes. We localise into more and more languages, which we see as really important in maintaining the strong market share that we have in continental Europe – which we intend to preserve."
When asked about this year's PlayStation 3 lineup, he skillfully avoided the topic of Gran Turismo 6. The game was, ahem, accidentally leaked in a sense when Sony exec Michael Denny mentioned it along with other 2013 PS3 titles.