Just in case you missed it, a new press release makes it official: you'll need to be a PlayStation Plus subscriber to play PS4 games online. It's a controversial U-turn for the company (hidden within some showmanlike one-upmanship during the press conference), though the subscription is already paying for itself in perks.
A single PlayStation Plus membership (including existing subscriptions) covers you across PS3, PS4 and PlayStation Vita. Benefits include game discounts, cloud game saves, early access to beta programs and the Instant Game Collection.
To celebrate the support of PS Plus on the PS4 system, SCEA will offer the #DRIVECLUB PS Plus Edition to PS Plus members which delivers all the authenticity and immersion users would expect from the full #DRIVECLUB experience, in the Instant Game Collection. In addition, one digital title will be rotated each month, including three of the new digital games introduced during the PlayStation E3 press conference, Don’t Starve, Outlast, and Secret Ponchos. These three titles will be available at no extra cost via the Instant Game Collection during the first year following the launch of the PS4 system. PS Plus members will be able to enjoy a variety of other amazing PS4 titles, while enjoying new ways to share their experiences with friends via online multiplayer, broadcasting and spectating games, cross-game voice chat, and the ability to seamlessly join a friend’s online game.
So, thoughts? Is this a big deal or the cost of doing business?