Sony Details PlayStation Plus On PlayStation 4

Sony has detailed the changes PlayStation Plus will see on the PlayStation 4 , with the inclusion of online gaming into the Plus subscription just the start. Thankfully, pretty much everything else is a positive, although the company hasn’t decided on Gaikai.

“It is time to charge,” said Sony Europe MD Fergal Gara [via], “but it is time to charge and still continue to deliver phenomenal value.”

“A PlayStation Plus subscriber for PlayStation 4 comes away with a hell of a lot,” he said. “First of all, the subscription applies across all three platforms, so if you have the three platforms then you have an instant game collection on all three.”

[drop2]”But it is true to say that the online multiplayer element for PS4, you do require the subscription,” Gara added.

“If you choose not to subscribe we are still gating relatively little in many senses,” he added, “so access to online catch-up TV and online movie services sit outside of the gate, for example.”

“The social features of PS4 and PS4 games and things like auto-updates on PS4 sit outside of PlayStation Plus, so we’re trying to be as balanced and as fair as we possibly can.” Auto-updates are a Plus benefit on PS3.

“If you choose to pay the subscription, yes, you get one important element of modern-day gameplay, but you also get fantastic value in games, including the PlayStation Plus Edition of DriveClub.”

Gara says that the inclusion of Gaikai into PlayStation Plus hasn’t been decided, though, and could still be behind the £40 a year subscription fee. “We haven’t decided,” he said, adding that the Remote Play feature (that’ll mean Vita consoles can play PS4 games) “uses some Gaikai technology.”

“Will that be part of PlayStation Plus? I genuinely don’t know. Will that require some other, different charging mechanism? Perhaps. We just haven’t sat down to answer that question yet.”

Sony will introduce Gaikai’s PS3 playback in 2014 in the US.



  1. “Sony will introduce Gaikai’s PS3 playback in 2014 in the US” Hmm why couldn’t it be ready Worldwide for at PS4’s launch??? :-/ I wouldn’t even mind say 5 PS3 games & 5 PS2 games & 5 PS1 games to start off with to Stream. You would think by now SONY could of had it ready(it’s not like they bought ‘Gaikai’ last week of something) :D I am very disappointed at that News, oh well. And you know me i try & not moan about any little thing that comes up LoL:D
    Anyway the – “auto-updates on PS4 sit outside of PlayStation Plus” is EXCELLENT News:P + I hope Remote Play is ready at PS4’s launch to.

  2. As far as I know, F2P multiplayer games also don’t require a PS+ subscription, I wonder why he didn’t mention that too. Maybe I just misunderstood that?

  3. Sounds fine to me. As long as they aren’t restricting too much outside of the £40 standard Plus subscription then that’s fine by me. I’d rather have those more specialised features, streaming old games etc, as an extra cost. That way it should keep the cost of the usual Plus down to a minimum or at least not see price spikes later in the consoles life.

  4. Sounds like they’re considering a seperate subscription for gaikai.

  5. I still don’t understand what Gaikai is at all :-(

  6. my wallet is already feeling the pressure..
    play plus needed – £40.00
    ps eye not included -£30.00
    gakai subscription – £40.00
    wow now we back up to £459
    oh yea plus a game £50.00
    grand total of £509.00

    • Roughly the same price as the Xbox One if you really want the camera (£40 is a more likely cost) and your Gaikai guess turns out to be true:

      Console inc Kinect – £429
      Xbox LIVE Subscription – £40
      Game – £50
      Total – £519

      If you don’t want the Eye (or whatever it’ll be called) and that’s down to £480 and no Gaikai (optional again and not at launch) then it’s back down to £440. Still a way better deal imo, I’d much prefer options to get the extras rather than being forced into it.

    • I know this isn’t the point you’re making, but you seem to be talking about buying a new console and complaining about having to pay for a game? Despite the fact that Plus (that you already mentioned) will give you “free” games, and there are several Free to Play titles already announced?
      I think some people like to find things to complain about ;)

  7. Quite a few comments on here confusing Gaikai with Remote Play.

    Granted, Remote Play uses some Gaikai technology, as it’s built into the console hardware, providing dedicated resource for both Remote Play and gameplay recording/streaming (for the all-important ‘Share’ button). This is available to all from day one without a subscription – as this article says, the social functions (of which sharing is a part) are available without a subscription.

    The Gaikai service referred to in this article is the OnLive-style streaming of playable games to your console, and this is what will not launch until 2014. Whether this is included in Plus or at extra cost is to be confirmed.

  8. Still no reason for me to subscribe to Playstation Plus as far as I can see…

  9. I’d love it if Sony included Gaikai as part of plus but I can’t see how they can do it and maintain the value of everything else or at least make it a 2 tier service so PS+ or PS++ (not PS+ Gold!)

    That or it would a seperate subscription/purchasing service like Onlive. I’d like the choice where you could either pay a little to play a game ad-hoc or pay a monthly fee to do what you like.

  10. Been a plus member from the off. It’s a great add on. Real value and honestly one of the best things I’ve ever subscribed to. This and the ASOS free delivery for a year for a tenner. Best things I’ve ever subscribed to!

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