That $3 billion is a mere fraction of the total earned from digital gaming though. Digital sales of games plus microtransactions accounted for $7 billion in revenue on console.
By comparison, the combined earnings for the subscription service for Sony and Xbox–PlayStation Network and Xbox Live, respectively–generated around $3 billion in revenues last year, and has proven a key component in transitioning consumers to the higher-margin side of the business in digital distribution. Total earnings for digital downloads on console last year, including full game downloads and micro-transactions, was $7 billion, worldwide.
These kinds of figures also help shed some light on to why Nintendo is looking at the premium model for the Nintendo Switch.
PlayStation Plus currently boasts 21 million active subscribers compared to Microsoft’s 47 million subscribers. Sony came late to the premium subscription service with PlayStation Plus and the dominance of the PlayStation 4 has seen Sony close the subscriber gap. Microsoft is holding its own though offering the faster and more secure of the online console services.