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PS4 to feature Xbox Live style subscriptions latest reports claim

Luke Johnson


Sony PS3 Controller
Sony PS3 Controller

Ahead of this evening’s eagerly awaited PS4 launch event, latest reports have suggested the PS4 console will require Xbox Live style subscriptions in order to access a wide selection of content.

Suggesting that Sony will look to follow Microsoft’s current direction and monetise user’s access to much of the online content available, latest Sony PS4 rumours have claimed that the Japanese manufacture will launch its next-generation console alongside a new premium subscription service. It is widely expected that the PS4 will be officially unveiled at tonight’s New York based PlayStation event.

Tipped as a replacement to the existing PlayStation Plus service, the latest reports, which have surfaced courtesy of gaming outlet Kotaku, have claimed that the PS4 premium subscription service will be known simply as PlayStation World.

Citing unnamed industry sources with a reputation for providing reliable pre-release insights into the gaming industry, the newly surfaced reports have claimed much of the PS4’s online content will be restricted by a premium rate subscription service.

“Orbis is following the path first set by Xbox Live,” the reports suggested. “Most of the PS4’s online features will require a premium subscription to use. Sony’s new online service will be called PlayStation World, replacing PlayStation Plus.”

PS4 Rumours

With just hours to go until the PS4 is expected to finally enter the realms of reality, latest PS4 rumours have suggested that the eagerly awaited console will play host to a new touchpad toting controller with integrated PlayStation Move functionality.

Elsewhere, with a PS4 release date tipped for November in the US and Sony’s native Japan, it has recently been claimed that a PS4 UK release date will be held off until early 2014 due to reported “complexities” in European distribution channels.

Further PS4 rumours have hinted that Sony’s PS3 replacement will play host to an inbuilt Blu-ray player whilst it is looking unlikely that the console will offer back compatibility with existing PS3 games, a feature that would be sure to annoy many avid gamers.

What would you like to see Sony incorporate within the upcoming PS4 release? Would you be happy to pay for a premium online subscription pass? Let us know via the TrustedReviews Twitter and Facebook feeds or through the comment boxes below.

Via: TechRadar

steffan freestone

February 21, 2013, 5:19 pm

i certainly bought the PS3 due to the fact that i didnt have to pay for both the internet itself and access on the console. This is just robbery, i dont think people should even buy the console if we had to pay for both. This could have serious consequences on our own economies due to the money not remaining within our own countries.
But to be honest if it was the only way to play games online with friends then i would be forced into paying for it. But then we could all go for the cheaper option and stick on the ps3 a while longer. I expect ps3 games to stop at the end of 2014 as the market switches over to the ps4


February 21, 2013, 9:10 pm

its gonna be crap online you have to pay and no backward capability to play ps3 games and ps4 games will only be able to buy of onlines so there are no discs to buy from a shop thats what i have heard so its rubbish because i like buying the games from the shop

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