Sony may be planning to add a new “premium” PlayStation Plus tier that includes a Crunchyroll subscription.
This is according to Eurogamer report, which says Crunchyroll is slated to be offered as part of a more expensive PS Plus subscription.
In December 2020, Sony announced that it plans to acquire Crunchyroll for $ 1.175 billion.
This acquisition was officially finalized earlier this week and Sony announced in press statement that Crunchyroll is now part of its Funimation Global Group.
Now it looks like Sony is considering making Crunchyroll available to PlayStation Plus subscribers as a “premium” subscription.
Crunchyroll is an anime streaming service that was founded in 2006 by a group of university alumni.
The service offers over 1000 anime shows and has over 120 million registered users in over 200 countries.
While it offers free streams of some ad-supported content, it also has a paid streaming service that currently has 5 million subscribers.
In April, Sony confirmed that it is testing the new PlayStation Plus Video Pass service in Poland. The service allows PS4 and PS5 users in Poland to access approximately 20 films and TV shows from Sony Pictures as part of a PS Plus subscription, with additional content being added every three months.
SIE Vice President for Global Services Nick Maguire said the test will last a year in Poland. Spider web… The chief executive said the company had decided to conduct a data-driven test in Poland and that Sony would track the popularity of the service before deciding on a full launch.
“We want to see how this service will benefit the players,” he explained. “What headlines they watch, what worries them, how often they use them.”
Sony also confirmed in March that from August 31st, PlayStation Store will no longer offer TV and movie content for purchase or rent.