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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dasher1231
dasher1231

DON'T BUY ANY MORE SUBSCRIPTION FOR PS PLUS FORCE THEM TO MAKE NETWORK MULTIPLAYER FOR PS4 FREE LIKE IT IS ON PS3 WE HAVE RIGHTS AS CUSTOMERS BE SMART! IF EVERYONE STOP PAYING FOR SUBSCRIPTIONS WE WILL FORCE THEM TO MAKE IT FREE

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....



Shango4
Shango4

It's 50$ a year and honestly, sony offers waaay too many single player titles to complain. Plus, well, being plus myself, it paid for itself in the first month. My first full year purchase and not even two weeks later, I was able to get infamous 2, ratchet and clank all 4 one, lbp 2, just cause 2, and like 8 other games for nothing! There's a lot more to it than just online multiplayer for ps4. All the other benefits are being overlooked and if you already are ps+, there really is nothing in that statement. If you aren't ps+, you should have been like a year ago lol

sexyeyes79
sexyeyes79

I USED to have Live Gold.  I'd rather my money go to company that respects consumer rights.  I putt 100 down on a PS4 earlier.  Can't wait.

tightwad34
tightwad34

I piss more than $50 per year. I am pretty sure they will have the PSN cards you can buy to get your online. I won't use my own debit/credit card to  shop online. I'll just use a throwaway one if the PSN cards aren't available. I don't use online with very many games at all, but it's still nice to have the option.

Flakturnal
Flakturnal

Will PS+ still offer free content when it is mandatory for online play? I'd rather pay a subscription fee to the game devs.

jrossich
jrossich

wow I don't see why its a problem paying 5$ a month, over 9 million people played one game, world of warcraft, for years buying the new expansions and paying 15$ a month to play it on pc and you didn't get any of what the ps plus give you so again I just don't see why its really a problem if you cant afford 5$ a month you shouldn't be able to afford the system or the games in the first place, it was bound to happen eventually.

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

its only for the better... I still choose Sony over MS... Expect alot more content and features, A lot faster!

dameroth123
dameroth123

one of the main reason i went ps3 over xbox is the no sub-fee crap they tag to play online. guess i wont bother with the next gen if thats what theyre trying to pull. ill just play on PC rather drop $400 on a new graphics card anyway!

Loshead
Loshead

It has to be done if we want better servers. Servers cost money to run. Plus the PS + gives you free games. Drive club is free day one and future titles 

ravager1989
ravager1989

what about Destiny?? its released on ps3, so ps3 owners get to play online for free....BUT..for the ps4 owners..they have to pay to play

CieloPerso
CieloPerso

:-(

They are going to lose money on the console itself, so… IDK.  I'm still sad about that.  I suppose we can look at it as a $50 discount with a $50 per year interest rate… IDK.  It's still cheaper than XBone in the short run (maybe in the long run too).

JosiahLFinger
JosiahLFinger

Yeah, the forced fee blows, but it honestly was a long time coming and those who didn't think it was going to happen, shouldn't be surprised. Even if you don't consider the free games and whatever other perks may come with it, think of all the money you can save by buying USED GAMES or just BORROWING FROM A FRIEND. That should be more than enough to make up for it :P

If free online multiplayer is really THAT important for you, there is still the Wii U (for now) as well as Project Shield, and many android consoles that are already out or will be out soon, like the Ouya. There is also still the world of PC gaming which, other than developers adding fees, will always be free to play online.

The PS+ fee is kinda like that 10 dollar fee tacked on to your monthly bill that enables you to use a smartphone. It is there, no one likes it, and nothing is going to change. At least good things come from being a Plus member.


Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

ps plus is worth it anyway, get plenty of free games, also get free movies, and better deals on dlc and so on. The good thing about ps plus is it tends to have the games that you would like to play, but cannot afford to play because you are having to save money for the more interesting titles what are available. In a nutshell, you pay a small some of 50 a year and you get to play all the games, you just focus on the games you most anticipate and wait for the other games to eventually come to playstation plus (by then you will be bored of your other games, and need something else to play). I don't really see many good pc exclusives coming out on next gen, and would rather pay a little extra to have access to a larger variety of titles.

Aphyosemion
Aphyosemion

As a person who bought the original Xbox and the 360, all I can say is I will gladly pay this minor fee to say NO to the corporate customer abuse that MS is trying to force upon us.  This time around it is Sony all the way!!!

Shango4
Shango4

No, you don't have to pay for online gaming. The $5 a month is an option for their promotion of getting one free game a month through their Playstation Plus ,but "regular" online gameplay is still free

kessel21
kessel21

that sucks they decided to make it mandatory to play online.  but, i will say that on a friend's advice i purchased PS+ earlier this year and i've been blown away with the content they've pushed out for "free".  i actually can't keep up with all of the games and i don't even own a vita.  the value is absurd.  just a smattering of the "free" games that i've downloaded (becuz i didn't play them the first go round: dues ex, vanquish, spec ops: the line, the cave, retro city rampage, payday: the heist, saints row 3.  that's not including little big planet 2, uncharted 3, sleeping dogs, ratchet & clank all 4 one.  for less than $5/month it's worth it.  not to mention the DEEP discounts they offer to purchase many games (like portal 2 at 75% off, etc).  it's worth it.

elby322
elby322

Just don't eat out a couple of times and you'll have enough for a one year membership.  

not_wanted
not_wanted

I blame MS for this. lol   Sony knew that's nothing compared to what the competition has: always online, used game fees, higher price and xbox live gold.   :(

Inferno100
Inferno100

I’m not paying to play multiplayer.

I’m already paying for my internet and the game itself, I am not paying for a 3rd ting just so that I can play multiplayer.

I can afford it, but I just don’t believe in that kind of business model. So I’m going to vote no on this one with my money… by not spending it that is.

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

Well, this is a minus for me. The good news is almost all my Playstation games have been single player, and I don't expect PS4 to be different. I just don't see why I should pay Sony (or anybody) anything if I am not playing on their servers; the actual price, no matter how low, is irrelevant. Then again, so few games nowadays have 4- player co-op that I think should be coded as peer-to-peer connection. If I play even one server-based multiplayer game on the PS4 with any regularity, the PS+ membership won't be any problem. I hope somebody is paying less when gamers are paying more. It'll be a shame if Sony just made more money for no reason.

Tammmiez
Tammmiez

This sucks, PSN store is not available on my country .. so goodbye to all my trophies? I'm soo not going to make a new account.   and I don't want a ps4 anymore ...