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PlayStation Plus Subscriptions Could Rise in Price After Crunchyroll Acquisition




PlayStation Plus could soon roll in a premium tier to the service, where the recently acquired Crunchyroll, kingpin on anime, may weave its world with gamers. Whether or not this is set in stone is another story, though several insiders have suggested this to be Sony’s plan moving forward.

Earlier this week, Sony finalized the deal with Crunchyroll over a $1.175 billion handover, effectively putting the wheels in motion for future plans regarding PlayStation Plus. What lurks around the corner, on the other hand, has yet to be explored by both parties, meaning that this, unsurprisingly, can all be taken with a grain of salt.

With that being said, PlayStation has been looking for an inning to the video streaming platform for a while now. Just looking back at April alone, Sony confirmed the leak surrounding the PlayStation Plus Video Pass, with movies and shows being added every few months for a one-year taster period. However, the catch is that it will only run in Poland, meaning the full release may or may not go worldwide, depending on popularity and sales at the end of its tenure.


Crunchyroll boasts thousands of anime shows with 120 million users.

So, what does this mean for gamers?

Well, nothing, to be honest. Anime fans, on one hand, will benefit greatly from the thousands of shows Crunchyroll put out. But on the other, gamers won’t have any playable content to sink into. So, of course, it all comes down to personal preference. But then, suppose it aims to be an optional tier with no real tie-ins, then really, you’ve got nothing to lose either way.

Crunchyroll is the home to thousands of anime worlds, with an ad-supported selection of free shows and movies. There is, of course, a paid subscription, in which it currently boasts over 5 million subscribers. On top of that, over 120 million members tune in to the platform, with even more planting roots daily.

So, what are you expecting to come of the recent acquisition? Are you hoping to see more anime grace your console? Will the premium tier sway you to new worlds? And above all, do you think this move will toss Xbox Game Pass from the streaming podium? Let us know over on our socials here.

Are you new to anime? Interested in looking a little further into the Crunchyroll library? You can check out the enormous catalogue of titles on the official handle here. Although ad-based, you can watch without for $7.99 a month, with additional subscriptions tallying up to $14.99. But with that said, you may just want to hang fire for PlayStation Plus to announce the news. If and when, of course.

Jord is an aspiring journalist and self-published author, as well as a lover of all things gaming and media.