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PS4 PlayStation Plus account only required for online multiplayer

Sam Loveridge



Sony has confirmed that the only PS4 service behind a PlayStation Plus subscription paywall is the online multiplayer.

After Microsoft revealed that the Xbox One requires an Xbox Live Gold account for game DVR and other online features, Sony has reiterated which features will require a PlayStation Plus account.

PS4 gamers will only be required to subscribe to a PlayStation Plus account if they wish to participate in online gaming, all other features will remain available for free.

Services like Netflix, the game DVR and social media apps will still be useable to PS4 users without a PlayStation Plus account as it currently works on the PS3.

The Xbox One on the other hand will keep entertainment services locked behind an Xbox Live Gold subscription paywall.

Microsoft will only allow people with an Xbox Live Gold subscription to access game DVR, the new OneGuide custom TV guide, Skype and SmartMatch among other features on the Xbox One.

Recently, Sony explained the PlayStation Plus requirement for PS4 online multiplayer, saying it has ploughed a lot of resources into the online service to make it more valuable to gamers.

“The main pillar for the PS4 will be online play,” said Yoshida. “We’re developing many new ways to play and connect which requires a large investment of resources.”

The PlayStation Plus service costs £11.99 every 90 days or £39.99 per year. Anyone already subscribing to the service will see their membership automatically transfer to the PS4.

“Considering the cost, to try and keep such a service free and consequently lower the quality would be absurd. We decided if that’s the case, then it would be better to receive proper payment and continue to offer a good service.”

Sony has also confirmed that PlayStation Plus accounts cover all hardware platforms, meaning one account will suffice for a gamer’s PS Vita, PS3 and PS4 consoles.

PlayStation Plus offers subscribers access to the Instant Game Collection offering free downloads of new games, including DriveClub for the PS4.

Next, read our PS4 vs Xbox One comparison.


August 8, 2013, 2:46 pm


fawkUtube .

August 11, 2013, 6:15 am

I'll stick with the PS3 the only reason I trashed my xbox was because of xbox live(the mandatory wireless adapter and huge controller didn't help) and won't be buying the PS4 as planned this Christmas. If you can do it for the ps3 you can do it for the PS4. Ill go back to the NES if I have to. Which BTW will out last any new system. The only way manufacturers will get a clue is if people dont buy it, but they will buy it and soon they will probably charge you by the hour and even more likely the games for the ps5 will be like mmorpgs that are free to play but you have to buy every single item in the games. I'm over it.


August 16, 2013, 8:11 pm

Corporations are getting greedier, which is mostly to blame. It is also the consumers who are willing to pay for it. I know I will skip buying anything with an annual or monthly fee attached if I can help it. XBOX was successful with their gold LIVE and decided to implement it with their "OFFICE" product. Now Sony PS4 wants in on the action. If consoles are going to survive these companies need to make it more appealing not more expensive to own. PS3 is fine for me and if MMO games are still free I will not upgrade. IF not I'll just stick with the rabbit ears or entertainment or do more outdoor activities.


August 27, 2013, 5:59 pm

Everyones so cheap here man lol... yeah it sucks that well have to pay now but really, 40$ a month for a team thats working all the time to improve online play? All it means is youll see more stability, more options, and more games taking advantage, and for 40$ a month, ill deal.


August 30, 2013, 9:54 pm

You'd pay 40 a month? Its 40 a year ^_^ not too bad.

Manon DeFlorette

September 12, 2013, 4:32 am

It says in pounds. 40 pounds.

Manon DeFlorette

September 12, 2013, 5:25 am

PS3 will have only 24 players online and it's free multiplayer. Smaller map size compared to PS4, since the next-gen will support 64 players. You'd see rain of bullets and prolly get kill often. They say they wanted to give us all the same experience to all platforms but they way I see this now, I see a huge gap in between.

Steph bruton

September 12, 2013, 9:12 am

I've pre orderd one an sold all my ps3 games and console can't wait much much better system u lot ain't got a fucking clue

fawkUtube .

September 12, 2013, 6:30 pm

When you buy the hardware you are buying the ability to have 64 players. All online gaming systems work the same they are p2p, which means if you pay for internet you are paying to play games online, paying sony or mircrosoft a fee to play a game you have already bought is.... stupid. I can't think of a better word. Its like buying a carton of cigarettes and paying 50 cents each time you want to light one up with your own lighter. Why reward or encourage a company who does this? Bad enough an un-named game developer charges 130 dollars for a game(with DLC premium) all because they removed half of the maps so they could sell them to you later .... even though some of those maps are repeats of old maps with new skins... but I digress =)

Correcting your mistakes

September 14, 2013, 2:50 pm

Bro its 40$ a year thats super cheap anyone with even a low payin job can afford that


September 15, 2013, 9:13 pm

what the point of paying every year? i kno its good but ur wasting money paying online every year when you can play for free! and ur gonna be buying games too! that just too much! i rather save my money!


September 23, 2013, 5:14 am

The reason they charge people to play is to pretty much maintain security. I really wouldn't mind paying 20 bucks every 3 months as long as they work out bugs and the servers are always up and also protect my info from hackers. It cost money to pay people to come up with patches and to work out the kinks. I will be upgrading to the PS4 since I have been a xbox 360 fan boy for the past 4 years.. Microsoft really screwed it up on the xbox one.. seriously no one gives a crap about the kinect so quit trying to push it onto every game on xbox one.


October 4, 2013, 1:07 am

What a waste of time buying a PS4. I might as well play my PS3 online for free. Even PC players don' pay for online multiplayer!!!


October 7, 2013, 7:23 pm

Therefore $60 dollars a year.


October 7, 2013, 11:02 pm

PC players don't play online for free. PC players have to pay for their monthly internet bill. On top of that, some PC games require an additional monthly subscription. Sorry, I just couldn't handle your stupidity. Before you complain, make sure you make a luck of sense.


October 9, 2013, 11:03 am

Your argument is null. You do realize that PC AND console players have to pay for their monthly internet bill. On top of that, some console games require an additional monthly subscription. Sorry, I just couldn't handle your stupidity. Before you try to correct someone, make sure you make a 'luck' of sense.


October 16, 2013, 9:56 pm

I guess he just burned himself with his own stupidity....


October 20, 2013, 8:56 am

You'll be paying for quality, PS3 online was always slated for being slow and pretty dam crap, not gonna lie I never really complained because it was free, can't argue with a freebe!!! But now £39.99 for a year isn't that bad, you pay more than that a year for the Call of Duty Map Packs!!!! But if Sony have gone out and put load more servers in for me a fun and enjoyable experience for online than I'll pay for it


October 20, 2013, 1:27 pm

I Blame xboX Users. Sony Saw That Xbox Users Paid Every Year To Play Online And They Wanted In On The Action. I Can't Blame Them. If Xbox Users Boycotted In The Beginning And Went To PS3 They Would Have Seen That That Model Didn't Work But It Apparently Does...


October 21, 2013, 1:39 am

this is the most stupid thing i have ever heard the 360 online interface was far superior to the ps3's why because people paid for it meaning constant updates to improve it and make it better. If sony do this with the ps4 then it will have the one thing it lacked before a good online interface.

Joe Knox

October 23, 2013, 12:07 am

Online interface? Who the heck needs that? I just want to start a game and use multiplayer through that. I play BF3, NFS and LBP online. I don't need Sony making any interface for that because the games have their own interface. Why pay to do that? I don't pay a dime on PC to use multiplayer or on PS3 and I've never had a problem.


October 23, 2013, 1:43 am

Actually its only $50 per year. Yes, your dollar-to-pound conversion is correct, but Sony is making PS+ cheaper in the US compared to the UK. Evidence below


October 24, 2013, 12:28 am

I had pre ordered th PS4 but I'm now going to cancel and stay with trusty PC. £50 for PS4 games and then pay extra to play all the features like multiplayer is just greed. Get stuffed Sony you aren't getting my cash!!!!!

Eric Howell

October 24, 2013, 3:42 pm

call of duty gonna to be 24 player anyways only bf4 gonna be 64

Bernard Joseph

October 28, 2013, 4:38 am

hmmm playstation plus gets you lowered prices on select games, and sometimes free games so i dont see how you can say its greed, it is far more reasonable than xbox 1 limitations and is for a good reason which that reason is to continue giving a good psn online service

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