Sony Reveals PS Plus Subscription Required for PS4 Online Multiplayer

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While Sony worked their hardest to distance themselves from Microsoft in terms of used games, lending games, and online connection requirements, they did announce something that bridges the gap between the two console makers. It was an announcement that got lost during all the clapping and cheering, but Sony did confirm a PlayStation Plus subscription is required for online play using PS4.

This is an announcement some predicted back when PS Plus was first announced, and it’s actually impressive that it took this long for Sony to adopt an online policy Microsoft has been using for years. Sony also couldn’t have selected a better moment to slide the tiny detail under the cracks – positioning the bullet point alongside some very positive news.

Since Sony literally slipped this news out without much fanfare or explanation, it’s hard to know how firm they will be on the PS Plus requirement. All we can assume at this time is that PS Plus will facilitate online multiplayer on the PS4 much like Xbox Live Gold does for Xbox gamers. And, as far as we know, online play will still be free on Ps3 and Vita.

Check out the presentation slide announcing the requirement below:

PS4 Online Play PS Plus Required

With this announcement, however, also come new expectations – specifically Sony keeping their online service up and running at all times. Obviously their use of the cloud for specific gaming services would suggest they have fool-proofed their online infrastructure, but after the PSN outage we’re sure plenty of gamers are gun shy.

But even if they may be a little unsure about PlayStation Plus, gamers were once again reminded of the benefits of PS Plus during Sony’s PS4 event. The Instant Game Collection will continue to offer high profile titles for free, including PS4 releases like Don’t Starve, Secret Ponchos, and Outlast, and Sony will give every PS Plus member a free digital copy of Drive Club: PS Plus Edition at launch.

Clearly, Sony is increasing their online support manifold, and as a result they need to fund their increased expenditures. A blockbuster deal with Gaikai and cloud-based streaming to the Vita can’t be cheap, even if some gamers are uninterested in such a feature.

Nevertheless Sony came away from their Press Conference looking like heroes with a cheaper and more gamer friendly console. At any other E3, an announcement like this might have elicited some “boos,” but this time it was met with a partially standing ovation. Granted, that ovation was for the slide’s other bullet points, but Sony doesn’t need to know that.

What do you think of Sony requiring PS Plus for online play on the PS4? Is it a small price to pay for a less restrictive console?

PS4 launches in Holiday 2013.

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TAGS: PlayStation Plus, PS4, Sony, Vita

  • Heres2notpaying2play

    Hello this is not a spamming page nor am I here to annoy you I’m a protest page against Sony making gamers pay2play online I don’t know you but I feel like every gamer can appreciate and enjoy a free online gameplay experience and so I come to you asking for your support for your fans support and for there friends support I believe that if we work together we can stop this before its too late 👍 share/like follow

  • brian clore

    Paying for online is dumb

  • Desmond

    I hope no one buys into their stupid membership. PS plus has always been a joke, but now they’re trying to force their largely unsuccessful product on we playstation 4 owners! I feel like we’ve all payed alot of money for this system and the least we deserve is free multiplayer.

  • Jimmy

    This is outrageous!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I have been playing video games since pong. I think that after forking out the money for the internet service, the game console, and the game itself…you shouldn’t have to receive another kick in the head by having to pay or purchase anything to be able to enjoy the entire game! Sony needs to change this immediately!

  • hylozoist

    I can’t play multiplayer anymore cause ps4 required ps plus for any online play. I not really heavy on mutiplayer maybe a few hours on the weekend, so no ps plus subscription for me.

  • Insible

    Okay so this is just like DLC. Sadly DLC is just a part of the game that is removed and is made “extra content”. And just like multiplayer you have to pay for that as well. But if you think about it, don’t you think the developers of the console really worked hard for you to enjoy graphics that they worked hard on. Heck EA and Ubisoft work hard for your games, so can’t we just not be cheap and give around five dollars to enjoy the amazing graphics and story with our friends?