Sony has been investing heavily in anime over the past few years. Following the acquisition of FUNimation back in 2017, the company recently completed its acquisition of rivalling anime streaming service Crunchyroll for $1.175 Billion. It seems the company is looking to consolidate its products, including Crunchyroll with its PlayStation Plus service.
PlayStation Plus is the company’s online subscription service which lets players access online games, backup save data to the cloud, and obtain a monthly list of new titles. It seems the service may be boosted to include more benefits soon.
As reported by EuroGamer, “There are also plans to potentially offer Crunchyroll as part of a more expensive premium PlayStation Plus offering”. Currently Crunchyroll Premium costs £6.50 a month, or £79.99 a year (Mega Fan). PlayStation Plus meanwhile costs £6.99 a month, or £49.99 a year.
Combining the two services, even for a slight fee increase could not only benefit PlayStation players but anime fans too, and could help to shift the tides in the conversation between Xbox Game Pass and PlayStation Plus & Now.
PlayStation looks to be going all in on subscriptions, with PS5 players receiving 6 months of Apple TV+ for free, and now this potential package. It will be interesting to see what the company’s long term plan is.
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