PS Plus required to play PS4 games online

Sony confirms players must hold PlayStation Plus subscription to take advantage of online features for next-gen games.

Gamers must hold a PlayStation Plus subscription to play PlayStation 4 titles online, Sony confirmed with GameSpot this evening.

PlayStation Plus subscriptions are currently offered for $50 per year.

Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida explained to GameSpot that the requirement is a response to the additional investment the company has had to make on the network side.

This approach is similar to that of Microsoft's Xbox Live Gold membership level, which is the only way to play games online and access other features like Netflix.

The PS4 launches later this year for $399/€399/£349, or $100 less than competitor Microsoft's Xbox One. In addition, the PS4 will play used games and won't require an online check-in.

The current PS Plus memberships gamers hold will carry over to the PS4.

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1734 comments
NaturallyEvil
NaturallyEvil

I've already decided avoid this generation of consoles anyway, because they all look like overpriced garbage that won't offer anything significant over this generation.  But what I want to know is, will online gaming still be free for PS3, or will they require PS+ for ALL their online gaming when PS4 comes out?

Blackie_Ritschi
Blackie_Ritschi

That would be unnecessary for the simple reason that taking the PS Plus when is ps4 certainly less because not everyone ps-plus would subscribe to, in order to play the multiplayer, would be easier for sony over microsoft to make this obligation clear, and more people would buy the ps4 because the online service would be free and ps plus the world's only looking back at something like the ps3, this would all players

2pacaplyse
2pacaplyse

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. PlayStation Plus was for only people who wanted to buy it and become a FUKIN member. Why, what if your a poor kid on the fukin street and wanna to play cod multilayer. PlayStation is turning into MS sad generations.

MaskRisen
MaskRisen

I've owned an Xbox 360. I've paid for XBL and felt like it was a waste of money just to play online. I first thought the same thing for PS+ but then I saw all the bonuses you get (including games) and thought it's not that bad. I spend 50 bucks on lunch a week. What's the big deal with 50 bucks a year? Atleast Sony is giving you stuff for paying to play online. So far I haven't found anything that XBL is offering me outside of netflix and tv services that I don't need. I need a video game console first, all that extra stuff is just ad-dons.

leigham
leigham

Ok I'm sick and tired of everybody commenting here, basically about the same thing, some lame and annoying repeated reason as to why they like it or are accepting it. No one cares, and we all know you are going to buy the PS4 and its services anyways so just stfu.

For now on just type Yes or No

Phooey442
Phooey442

I could probably find $50 worth of change a year in my couch. People really complaining about a few dollars a month?

Rheinmetal
Rheinmetal

Not a cent of my money to greedy multinational corporations.

nousername66
nousername66

Looks like I won't be buying a PS4, or Xbox One for that matter.

Donrock12
Donrock12

that's lame...but I have been tip-toeing around the idea of getting PS Plus for so long now.  Is it a little lame...yes, but I expected it when I saw the price of the system.  It is pretty cheap compared to PS3 when it was first released.  

I'm fine with it...I only play a few games per year online so I won't be buying one.  I like having the choice.

91210user
91210user

The Sony I once knew is gone! How is playing games online worth the price? So many games can be played for free online!

Seiki_sands
Seiki_sands

I don't think I've been alone in expecting, even assuming, this news would come to pass since the day they announced Playstation Plus. They were obviously softening people up to the idea of paying for online services. They've been heavily in the business of online passes for several years now, well before MS announced their plans for the XB1 that seems to have infuriated everyone. Both of these companies just take the worst of each other and make it their own. At least they also force each other to take the little bit of good they do and extend it a la MS will now be giving away free games on a regular basis as well.

untouchables111
untouchables111

This has been a discussed option that many gamers are ok with. I am ok with it because it means better service and all that cash helps Sony get more exclusives.

OLDSNAKE1
OLDSNAKE1

I dont even want to buy a ps4 now or  a xbox one now. I dont like the fact i pay for internet then i have to pay to use the online service for ps4. I dont care about those other services for online i buy a console for games. The ps4 just lost a buyer until this changes.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

I'm fine with paying extra for online, providing they're going to add servers for every game that requires it, non of this paying for peer2peer bullshit laggyness, that would just put me off buying the console.

So basically, the games that don't require PS+ for online can continue the horrible peer2peer option... This way the games I'll be paying extra for will actually be providing something "extra."

Shango4
Shango4

Sony has confirmed that not every multiplayer game for the PlayStation 4 will require PlayStation Plus, as publishers will be able to decide what happens with free-to-play titles.

Shango4
Shango4

Some people might find it rude to say ,but if you already own a ps3 or a thinking of coming aboard with ps4 your a idiot for not having plus anyway thousands of dollars of free games over the years and hundreds of dollars worth straight away it's crazy some people don't have it

Shango4
Shango4

Exactly, the bottom line is think of it this way, because psn was free on PS3, there were lots of time frequently when psn would be down for maintenance, and the constant updates causing disruption, but with PS4 and PSN PLUS subscription because it is a premium paid service, which includes online multi player they cannot just shut the servers down, for maintenance or other reasons, because people could say i am paying to play online but iam unable to do so, and so Sony would have to compensate people.

So this is a good thing, also it will stop the nutters from ruining the online, granted their will always be trolls and crazy people, but due to the paid subscription, there should be less of them, since they wouldn't want to spend money to troll online, and the money Sony make from the subscription will only help improve psn and ps4.

So its win win, personally i would gladly pay for psn plus just for the fact that Sony stuck up for us gamers and consumers, that alone makes it worth it, and the free games, the online multi player, the gaikai backwards compatibility, all are just a bonus!!

thread-of-red
thread-of-red

This is fair. Building a huge network infrastructure costs millions, and their profit margins on the ps4 aren't big at all. They also give you tons of sweet content including new games every month. As a 360 owner, i'm used to the idea anyway. Ps4 has converted me and I'm loving it:)


funkadelichika
funkadelichika

Plus also gives you games each week...I'm a subscriber but if they added ANOTHER charge on top of what they already charge for plus then no. Its still a better deal than ms as your getting games free (or as some people prefer to call it a rental service) as well as this. I'm not for pay to play online but if i have to choose between the two companies versions of it it would be PS at this point. And from what I understand PS is going to allow the publishers decide whether to charge? Anyways eh...

pershado
pershado

well the year for xbox and the year for plus are the same at 50$ from as far as 1 know. and maybe if it's realeased in holiday season for all we know we can get a discount for either the card or getting it straight of the marketplace

chang_1910
chang_1910

oh dont get me wrong..1st im not starting a war system.. dont believe in the concept, each have it pro/cons and ppl prefer one or the other. i cant play pc simple bc try it too late and cant get use to KB (which is a shame some free to play look amazing), and i cant affird to have another console hence no MS (already have 2 accumulating games that i dont have enough time to play all)

i agree is probably a step back, is just that imo (for me) is one that i wont feel. If they would have put a different membership only for online or added a significant amount of money to plus membership, it might have felt like something. But to me is just another feature of something i have. And im hoping that with this less game will add for a monthly fee (e.g. FF online coming out; which i will not pay bc refuse to pay monthly to play a game)

anyway.. enjoy...

grnsuperman4
grnsuperman4

XBox Live Gold has a Family pack that includes up to 4 accounts for $100. If Sony doesn't have a family plan option then I will not be getting a PS4. XBox One is already completely out of the question. I REFUSE to pay $200 a year for my family to play online.

Ben_Chandler
Ben_Chandler

Payed for xbox live for 7 years now, if you can't afford $50 a year to play online, a new console should not be on your list of things to buy.

kookitto
kookitto

Each account on the system must pay $50....



J0nd03
J0nd03

@2pacaplyse Then i'd say you've got bigger problems than not being able to play COD MP

xfiles2099
xfiles2099

@Phooey442 yeah really it cracks me up how many people complain about this if you cant afford 50.00 a year you don't need to be gaming 

AssassinElf
AssassinElf

@OLDSNAKE1 make that 2 buyers .... i dont like being riped off , pay for something that always was for free, i guess im going to jailbreak my ps3 and stop supporting game developing companies for this , i always bought original ps3 games but i was ok with it cause i could play them online without paying an extra charge ... but now its just not worth it anymore, i am going to pirate rpg and other arts of single player games ..... fck this i am sick and tired of being ripped off ... it all started with not being able to create a bf3 online game without renting a server .... now having to pay for being able to play mp ? wth ? ... whats next , paying a monthly subscription to just be able to play ... yeah hy xbox one .... fuck both these consoles .... 

cboye18
cboye18

Keep your ps3 and buy a WiiU next year when games come out.....or invest in a PC. I too am a console user and both companies disappointed me :(

cboye18
cboye18

Who plays those anyway? They are just ripping us of too now

MikeMarquez
MikeMarquez

@Shango4 So... only free to play titles will be free to play online? Or some retail games aswell?

AssassinElf
AssassinElf

@Shango4 I work for the military, i am gone 4 -6 months at a time, i come home for maybe a weekend and want to play some games ? do you think i would seriously buy a monthly or a year subscription to pay for something that was always free ? and lets say i buy myself a one month psn plus, the games i would have downloaded for free will not work anymore when it expires ... so know what ? i am just going to ask you , are you that dumb, or really young ? 

untouchables111
untouchables111

Yeah deff. Ps plus is a huge deal. So many offers for games and free stuff. Even now there are E3 sales that are awesome.

Shango4
Shango4

I have had plus for 11 months and was gonna renew for sure even before it was announced it would be needed on ps4 for some mp games. I'm sure while I enjoy my ps4 I will still have to check whats new to plus for ps3 cause they will still be releasing content and games for it.

Rheinmetal
Rheinmetal

@Shango4 It's a good thing, it's win-win and you are glad to pay... You can't be serious. Unless you are talking on behalf of Sony.

untouchables111
untouchables111

I'm sure many games will still be free those being the not so huge blockbusters. Also think about how this will help get rid if the used online access fee

chang_1910
chang_1910

thx... we knew bout the price, but the free to play info is nice...

imo, the publisher of free to play win more letting out of the plus membership, afger all if they included under PLUS is not free anymore, and this games normally make their money from ingame saling

kookitto
kookitto

@Ben_Chandler it's not paying $50 that's the problem. 


1) you have to pay $50 per user account, which can tally up to $150

2) Some countries don't have a PSN store so their PS4 will end up being single player only

SeiKN
SeiKN

Isn't the 50$ to have access for PS PLUS Membership? (like we have now)

Because (if not) that is soo wrong in soo many levels, i can't even...

Lets see: I pay for my internet connection, then i pay for my games (that are designed to be played online), then i pay for my console AND THEN i have to pay again to use my console runing my games on my internet connection!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

This world is going from BAD to WORSE every day!  $$$€£$££€€$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

(I guess i don't have to remember you that buying a console is the same as buying a car or fridge or a microwave or... and i don't remember any micrrowave company charging you money everytime you use your microwave)

Yahudah84
Yahudah84

@kookitto Yeah thats not bad though that's 4.17 a month. Keep in mind, Sony gives you 3 months free with every annual subscription. So its really 3.33 a month for PS PLUS. ITS NOTHING!

NaturallyEvil
NaturallyEvil

@AssassinElf @OLDSNAKE1 If you're tired of being ripped off, then you should just avoid consoles in general.  The whole concept of consoles is just a scam to get you to pay more money only to limit your own gaming options, if you think about it.

BlackDiamond81
BlackDiamond81

@AssassinElf @Shango4  The real question would be are you that broke??? There is no need to be condescending to a person stating his opinion. Just stick with your PS3 if you don't want to pay for online service or start a petition to Sony. Why even buy games if you proclaim that you don't play often, that would seem like a waste as well. Maybe you should invest in a Vita.....jussayin

MikeMarquez
MikeMarquez

@Shango4 DUDE. Do you fucking work for Sony? You've been for the past 2 days talking about how PS Plus is amazing and how you got free games and blah blah blah. NO ONE CARES. just get out of here.

AssassinElf
AssassinElf

@untouchables111 ohh believe me , that acces fee will still be there  if you buy a used game you will have to pay them it will not be included in your psn plus subscription and besides that you will also have to rent a server to create a bf4 game or such i am extremely sure of it. 

hobotech64
hobotech64

@chang_1910 It gives alternatives to people who don't want Plus, so this is a good thing in my book.  It also encourages competition against the big games that use Plus.  Planetside or COD, which one will everyone be playing?

Ben_Chandler
Ben_Chandler

 @kookitto @Ben_ChandlerWell I guess you could just consider my comment as focused towards the people who only have one ps plus account and are complaining about paying for it. 
Maybe Sony will end up doing deals like MS, like $100 for 4 accounts or on xbox one, one live account allows all other accounts on that system (family only) to use live features, including multiplayer.

Yahudah84
Yahudah84

@SeiKN I mean you have to think about it from their perspective. They have employees who have families and need to make a living. I think 3.33 a month for 15 months is not bad to help those hardworking engineers support the games I love. And on top of that - you get free games galore... I think its a steal!

kookitto
kookitto

@Yahudah84 @kookitto yeah but for EACH account? I have 3 accounts in my household, that means I pay $150 a year. 

That's assuming I have a PS store. Atm my country and about 20 others don't have a PS store to buy PS+