PS4: Sony Considering Tiered PSN Subscriptions

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Sony Considering Tiered PS4 Online Service

During the PS4 event last Wednesday there was plenty of exciting new games and features announced by Sony. However, for as many answers as the event delivered, there were just as many, if not more, questions raised regarding the next-gen consoles new features.

Among those features is Sony’s subscription service — the next evolution of PlayStation Plus. While most assume that PS Plus will appear very much in the same iteration it is available now, that might not be the case.

According to Shuhei Yoshida, the PS4‘s version of PS Plus could come in a tiered form, not unlike what Microsoft offers with its Xbox Live service. Yoshida wouldn’t give concrete details, as it’s likely that Sony is mulling over how best to implement the service, but he did mention “gold, silver, and platinum levels” of membership.

“We could have gold, silver or platinum levels of membership, something like that. We can do subscription services when we have more content — especially now that we have the Gaikai technology available. With one subscription you have access to thousands of games — that’s our dream.”

That tiered structure implies platinum level subscribers will have access to a full suite of downloadable titles, discounts, and expanded features, however at a higher yearly (or monthly) cost. Silver level, though, could be a very basic subscription package, which we’d expect to resemble what the PSN is now.

With much more content available on the PS4 — especially considering that PS3 games will be streamed using the Gaikai service — there is the potential for more content than has ever been featured on a Sony console before. The possibilities are endless, with the platinum and gold levels potentially affording gamers more free games than what is currently available with the Instant Game Collection. To be fair, those games might be from a previous generation, but the hope is that Sony has learned from past experiences with online subscription services, and will make their paid subscriptions appealing to gamers.

Moreover, a tired subscription service gives Sony the opportunity to slowly switch to a digital distribution platform, a transition they hope to achieve in the next 5 years or so. It might be a bit early to expect an announcement from Sony regarding the future of their online service, but E3 2013 is coming up fast and the publisher has promised more reveals for that very important event.

What do you think about Sony using a tiered subscription plan for their online service? How would you like to see them divvy features among the three levels?

Sony’s PS4 is targeting a holiday 2013 release date.

Source: The Guardian

TAGS: PS4, Sony

  • COREY_1993

    as long as they aint making us pay for online. that would be the most stupid decision they could make.

    • ATG

      I agree. It’s stupid, especially for us who already pay for our own internet.

    • Sonybetterstaysmart

      Agreed i love my PS3 and the fact that i don’t have to pay for PSN unlike some other company *cough* now if Sony goes full retard i will full stop buying anything related to Sony including consoles t’ll the day i die… i am sick and tired of being limited and forced to do things by big companies who think they always know what’s best for me… if you read this Sony don’t be dumb and leave PSN FREE sure make your PS+ silver bronze pink and purple but give me my basic PSN free or might as well commit suicide because i assure you that move would be the same.

  • I2ichardt

    I plan on buying a ps4 for the sole reason that their online is free. I wasnt planning on buying an xbox at all this coming generation for this same reason. If the start charging i will end up sticking with the xbox.

  • angel Zaragoza

    The psn gaming cloud available to playstation plus members those who want it can get it those who don’t won’t it will not be forced upon the consumer like xbox live.

  • fanofgames

    Yeah if i have to pay for online on the ps4 then im stickin with xbox, i aint paying for 2 different online subscriptions.

  • EastOfTheAnduin

    They should keep it pretty much the same way it is. “Basic” is free, PS+ costs the same ($49.99) and PS++ would cost you a little more. Depending on the services, maybe quite a bit more. I guess it all depends on what you get for the money. I already have about 400 PS1 games and over 500 PS2 games, so a streaming service for those console games alone wouldn’t necessarily be worth it for me. I want to keep my PS+ though and I sure don’t want/won’t pay for basic services.

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