Sony today announced that they are purchase of the Crunchyroll subscription service for $1.18 billion. This is great news for anime fans, of course, but it could also mean something to PlayStation owners. According to EurogamerSony is planning a more expensive PlayStation Plus premium tier, which may include a subscription to Crunchyroll and other streaming services.
Of course, take this with a grain of salt until we get an official announcement, but Eurogamer usually delivers the goods with rumours. Sony offering Crunchyroll along with PS Plus is said to make it more competitive with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which Microsoft has sweetened with additional subscriptions to things like Xbox Live Gold and EA Play.
Sony has been increasing their stake in the world of anime for quite some time as they already owned the anime distribution and streaming company Funimation. Sony Pictures CEO Tony Vinciquerra said the company plans to merge Crunchyroll and Funimation into a single anime streaming service as soon as possible.
With Crunchyroll and Funimation, we are committed to creating the ultimate anime experience for fans and a unique opportunity for our key partners, publishers and the hugely talented creators to continue delivering their masterful content to audiences around the world. With the addition of Crunchyroll, we have an unprecedented opportunity to serve anime fans like never before and deliver the anime experience on any platform they choose, from theater, events, home entertainment, games, streaming, linear TV – fans anywhere and anytime want to experience their anime. Our goal is to create a unified anime subscription experience as quickly as possible.
What do you think? Would you be interested in a higher PlayStation Plus subscription if it includes bonuses like Crunchyroll? What kind of incentives would you need to get on board?
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