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Sony explains PlayStation Plus requirement for PS4 online

Sam Loveridge


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Sony has explained the reasoning behind requiring PlayStation Plus subscriptions for online gaming with the PS4.

The PS4 will require a PlayStation Plus subscription for gamers to play online, like the Xbox Live Gold subscription at present, and access streaming services like Netflix.

However, Sony has explained the reasoning behind the new paywall, saying the PS4 online gaming network requires “a large investment of resources.”

“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.”

Currently, PS3 online gaming is free, with a PlayStation Plus subscription an option affair that lets users gain access to a free Instant Game Collection, full game trials, PlayStation Store discounts and other benefits.

“Considering the cost, to try to 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.”

The PlayStation Plus service for the PS3 costs £11.99 every 90 days or £39.99 per annum. It is unknown whether the price of the PlayStation Plus subscription will rise for the PS4. Current memberships will transfer to the PS4 from the PS3 though.

The PlayStation Plus account will be mandatory for anything that offers “realtime online play”, but anything outside this remit would be available to non-members on the PS4, which sounds fairly cryptic but similar to the functioning of the Xbox Live Gold and Silver tiers.

Yoshida did say that the PS4 would allow all users to reap the benefits of PlayStation Plus as long as the main account on that PS4 console had a subscription.

Next, read 10 things we learnt about the PS4 at E3 2013.

Via: Kotaku


June 27, 2013, 5:19 pm

I can understand a fee to play online to pay for server upkeep, but why do you need that for Netflix? That doesn't touch Sony's servers...

Joshua Hamilton

June 27, 2013, 6:11 pm

The article is incorrect when it compares the PSPlus to the Gold/Silver XBox memberships. You won't need PSPlus to use Netflix, or any of the other online features. It is only needed to play multiplayer games.

Noel Grundy

June 27, 2013, 6:37 pm

PS4 15,000 servers, Xbox one 300,000 now who's getting value for money :-)


June 28, 2013, 7:35 am

a good strategy as far as I am concerned, as it represents a true incentive for games developers not to neglect that which made console gaming great: local multiplayer with you and your mates in front of the TV.

Philip Elthorpe

June 30, 2013, 11:57 am

Even more. PS+ hands you, on a platter, several games, and they're likely to add more for the PS4... while XBOX Live requires you to pay through the nose for everything online, and doesn't give back.

Andy Mitchell

June 30, 2013, 2:20 pm

15,000 servers is better than the PS3's current offering and we also get plenty of games included in the PS+ subscription. And I laugh at Live because you have to pay even to use Netflix and other services. That's just stupidity at it's finest. Not to mention the fact you get adverts on your dashboard despite the fact you're paying MS. Usually when you pay for a premium service, you lose adverts but MS feel the need to add them despite the fact they have billions of dollars already.


July 2, 2013, 5:11 am

Hell, i would pay more.

Noel Grundy

July 4, 2013, 2:13 pm

Yay better than the PS3, Great :-) Shame it's only a 20th of what the Xbox one is going to offer.

BTW LIVE on the Xbox one is having free games as well. Just for the record I currently have a 360, PS3 and Wii console, along with a full hit gaming P.C. and Nexus 10 tablet. So I'm happy to own all the tech. Online gaming is only done on the P.C. and 360 as they offer by far the best experience


July 27, 2013, 4:45 pm

Xbox might have 300,000 servers but Microsoft could just give an update and bring all restrictions back that's what you guys are not seeing here they only changed it because not a lot of people pre-ordered it unlike the Ps4 gamespot had to stop the pre-orders because so many people were pre ordering the ps4


July 29, 2013, 8:15 pm

just one question,will the subscription last forever after payment or just like the ps3 90 days..........


July 31, 2013, 2:48 pm

It's not like these advertisements are in your face. They are totally avoidable.

Andy Mitchell

August 1, 2013, 12:09 pm

That's not the point though. It's the fact you're paying for a service and they still feel the need to put adverts up. It's the principle behind it. It would be like the BBC in the UK starting to put adverts in the middle of broadcasts. The money you pay should be enough but Microsoft chose to just a little bit greedy by using adverts. While PS3 may not have the servers, I find it amazing that they manage to afford to run an online service without the need to use adverts as revenue.


August 1, 2013, 6:51 pm

I get your point, but for all the people crying bloody murder about ads - it isn't that big of a deal. We'd be having a different discussion if they were intrusive in any manner.


August 1, 2013, 6:52 pm

Which is why people are buying the PS4.. because it's actually a gaming console first and foremost

Noel Grundy

August 6, 2013, 5:57 pm

I hope they do bring the restrictions back. Microsoft should have stuck to their guns and took Console forward.


August 17, 2013, 6:39 pm

Wow, this sucks. The FREE online play was the REASON I chose PS3 over XBoX. $50 is way too much when you consider the averages. If they have 30 million online players as some reports claim, then PS3 could charge $10 a year and upkeep 15,000 servers. $300,000,000 isn't enough to run 15K servers? They really need 1.5 billion a year to do this?


September 9, 2013, 4:26 am

It's $50 for a year, which is still a pretty good deal, and it still has all the features of the current PS+. All the free games, discounts, and betas.


September 9, 2013, 4:28 am

Yeah, how's your Assassins Creed 3 you got for free on Live doing? Oh wait...


October 14, 2013, 10:42 pm

if ps4 is going to be like xbox paying just to play online why couldnt it be free like it use to be thats hela gay i might as well buy the xbox one but i might buy the ps4 just incase if its still free even do its not free atleast its cheaper than xbox one year 60 dollars and 4 ps4 its 30 dollars so i might buy the ps4 but i will miss playing halo and i wanna try killer instinc and play dead rising 3 but atlease ps4 has better graphics

Billy Pratt

October 21, 2013, 4:40 am

I hate the idea of the paywall but, its only 50-60 buck for a year. and you get extra, and it covers all your sony systems no one wants to pay for geting online playing with your buds or your Bro but I FEAR FOR THERE LITTLE JAPANESE LIVES if ps4 goes down like ps3 did and you have to pay for it then OMG dangerous thought sony be careful


March 1, 2014, 7:20 pm

you have to pay membership per account on xbox and its a membership per console so if you've have siblings they can all play online on their separate account

Nathaniel Mohr

September 13, 2015, 6:46 pm

honestly i wish they had different tiers of memberships. i don't want the free games or the discounts i just want to play online, and if i have to pay then that's fine with me, but a little bit of options would be nice here instead of an all or nothing situation.

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