So like many others I have just finished watching the Sony E3 press conference, and have begun to assess my thoughts on it as a whole. While there were some highlights for me like the Destiny and Watchdogs footage. I was for the most part unimpressed, I expected more. I expected at least a few more exclusive titles shown, not just exclusive bonus content in multi-platform titles.
The biggest surprise and highlight of the conference was when they announced the price, at $399 it's almost a steal. But then they unveiled the NEW PS+. Now I have been a PS+ member in the past, and re-sub sometimes to regain access to my IGC games when I feel like it, and I really see it as a great value. But right now on the PS3 and Psvita, PS+ is a CHOICE. I can subscribe to access a host of content and features or I can let it lapse and lose access to that content and re-up later.
But with the new PS4, PS+ is REQUIRED to play any of your games online. This is very similar to Xbox live, in that it restricts the users access to the multiplayer portion of the game they PURCHASED. Now don't get me wrong I think PS+ is still a great value, far exceeding the value offered through Xbox live. But not allowing me to play the entire game I just purchased unless I keep up with a sub fee, is uncalled for. It's not the cost I have a problem with $5 a month is very cheap. But it's the principle of not allowing you to play your whole game, that you already paid for.
Unless Sony has suddenly required every multiplayer mode to employ dedicated servers and got rid of peer hosting and we are paying for server upkeep. Then I do not understand why it is now a mandatory cost of playing my game. This principle is one of the sole reasons I never allowed myself to purchase a microsoft console.
Now that I have this information that the PS4 will require me to keep an active PS+ sub in order to play online. Even though it's a good value and very cheap for entertainment these days, I might have to skip it out of principle as I have with the Microsoft consoles. What I will most likely do is wait on purchasing a PS4 until they have a good library of single player titles, and get it when it drops in price to play the great singleplayer exclusives.
I had all the intentions to purchase a PS4 on release day for $399, with an extra controller, a game (killzone: SF). Which would have costed me around $500. I was also going to purchase a psvita with the intention of playing my PS4 games on the go via remote play and wifi. Which would have costed me around $250, with a memory card $30. So in essence Sony's decision to mandate PS+ subscriptions into their multiplayer component might have saved me a total of $780 this year.
To some I may be overreacting when considering the value Sony offers with the PS+ service, but it's the principle not the price.Will I change my mind and bite the bullet come launch? Possibly...but as it stands today, I believe I'll be playing my gaming PC and Wii U this fall. Happy Gaming folks.