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PS4: PlayStation Plus Required For Online Multiplayer

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Jonathan Lester
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PS4: PlayStation Plus Required For Online Multiplayer

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?

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kid_jump  Jun. 11, 2013 at 10:20

they said it is 5 dollars per months and to us thats £3.21 a month, thats not much to ask especially with considering everything ^.^

Arus  Jun. 11, 2013 at 11:54

So that's around £36 a year.
XBL is £30ish a year...
Also XBL are giving 2 'good' games away a month.
Sorry PSN, you still lose...

Anyone know if this will affect the PS3 or just PS4?

Late  Jun. 11, 2013 at 12:02

So that's around £36 a year.
XBL is £30ish a year...
Also XBL are giving 2 'good' games away a month.
Sorry PSN, you still lose...
Anyone know if this will affect the PS3 or just PS4?

Huh?
PS+ give customers a couple of good and fairly recent games every month.
Early indications are that XBL will give customers a couple of good but very old games...

How are PSN losing?

JonLester  Jun. 11, 2013 at 12:09

My only worry is that the EU Instant Game Collection is only as good as it is because PS Plus isn't mandatory. Sony currently needs to coax people to subscribe, but once it's a requirement, will Sony really have to keep up the excellent freebies?

On the other hand, it covers Vita games too (it already does), so that's two consoles' worth of perks for the price.

Last edited by JonLester, Jun. 11, 2013 at 12:11
mekia  Jun. 11, 2013 at 12:19

So that's around £36 a year.
XBL is £30ish a year...
Also XBL are giving 2 'good' games away a month.
Sorry PSN, you still lose...

Anyone know if this will affect the PS3 or just PS4?


You have no idea what you are talking about. PSN+ gives you 3-5 games free each month. With discounts and Betas, it also let's you play some games before release. So yeah PSN+ looses, gotta love the xbox fanboys <3

Arus  Jun. 11, 2013 at 12:52

So that's around £36 a year.
XBL is £30ish a year...
Also XBL are giving 2 'good' games away a month.
Sorry PSN, you still lose...

Anyone know if this will affect the PS3 or just PS4?


You have no idea what you are talking about. PSN+ gives you 3-5 games free each month. With discounts and Betas, it also let's you play some games before release. So yeah PSN+ looses, gotta love the xbox fanboys <3


I'll concede to that, I don't have PS+, but a lot of the games I've seen on PS+ were 'meh' to say the least.

Also, I'd say I'm less of a fanboy by the fact that I go actually have both consoles. I unfortunately despise the PS3.
If the paid PSN is as good as XBL, then fair enough, but if they keep the same slow crappy service, then what exactly are you paying for?
For current member of XBL, free games are a bonus. For PS3 users, they are basically getting fisted.
Of the small collection of games I have for the PS3, I love the free to play Gundam game, which will quickly lose the 'free to play' aspect.

Arus  Jun. 11, 2013 at 12:55

So that's around £36 a year.
XBL is £30ish a year...
Also XBL are giving 2 'good' games away a month.
Sorry PSN, you still lose...
Anyone know if this will affect the PS3 or just PS4?

Huh?
PS+ give customers a couple of good and fairly recent games every month.
Early indications are that XBL will give customers a couple of good but very old games...

How are PSN losing?


Only losing to me.
PSN has its fans, but currently PSN is not as good as XBL.
If Sony match the speed and reliability of XBL, then good on em.

To me, the PS3 had 2 plus points:
Free online multi-player and Blu-Ray.
So far, both those benefits are no longer pluses on the PS4, as XBOne will have a Blu-Ray player, and both will be a paid service.

Sure XBOne has had a terrible start, but the announced trading and resale system isn't actually that bad. (I'm not saying that its good, just not bad.)

Breadster  Jun. 11, 2013 at 14:32

The Microsoft freebies were ancient games, and they were only for 360.

Oh and yeah, the trading and resale system is "that bad" and don't forget the (nearly) always online bs.

About paying extra for Kinect, that's likely the reason the Xbone costs more, but the difference is that Sony don't make you buy their camera, assuming it doesn't come with it.

For me Xbox had better exclusives, but the other crap they're pulling and the price of the console just outweighs that for me, plus the fact that Playstation will continue to get Naughty Dog, Quantic Dream and obviously SCE exclusives down the line, and the multiplatform games look ridiculously good. Oh and I can play Titanfall on my 360 anyway. :P

Late  Jun. 11, 2013 at 14:38

I dare anyone to buy both. The xb1 will get proper stroppy.


http://img341.imageshack.us/img341/6589/xb1eye2.png

Breadster  Jun. 11, 2013 at 14:51

Haha, once Kinect sees you with that PS4 controller in your hand, things get ugly...

bungles85  Jun. 11, 2013 at 17:38

will you be able to plug your ps4 into the xbone? that could make for some interesting software battles, mario starts fighting drayke (wow playstation really need a new mascot)on your screen.

JonLester  Jun. 11, 2013 at 17:53

will you be able to plug your ps4 into the xbone?


... :O

We absolutely have to try this.

ababababababa  Jun. 21, 2013 at 17:26


I'll concede to that, I don't have PS+, but a lot of the games I've seen on PS+ were 'meh' to say the least.

I got infamous and little big planet for free through ps+ the are both awesome games, if sony **** up they give you gifts to say they are sorry, when microsoft **** up they say sorry

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