One of the slightly negative points to come out of Sony’e E3 conference was the news that a PS+ subscription would be needed to access multiplayer on the PlayStation 4. Online gaming for the PS Vita and PS3 will remain free.
This shouldn’t come as a massive surprise, due to the fact Sony are bringing in new online features like the share function, auto downloads and second screen abilities which, no doubt, will cost more to maintain.
Shuhei Yoshida said “If we keep giving away online access for free, the natural pressure is that we have to cut down on the cost to provide this free service. But that’s conflicting with our goal of being able to provide very robust and great online services going forward. So we decided that on PS4, because we want to continue to invest and improve our new services, we’ve asked the most engaged consumers in the online activities to share the burden with us so that we can continue to invest.”
We can expect to see the money from our subscriptions going towards making the PlayStation Network a better online experience.
It’s not all doom and gloom though. PS Plus will be offering “free content with instant game collections, discounts and early access to betas on PS4”. The PS Plus edition of Drive Club has been announced already, and gamers can also expect to receive high quality indie games with each coming month. That’s not forgetting the usual content PS Plus provides on the PS3 and PS Vita. Subscriptions will also pass over to the PS4.
As it is the benefits of being a Plus member surpass its £40 a year fee. I don’t think we should anything to complain about being a Plus member to access online gaming on the PS4.