Sony Clarifies Important Points Regarding PlayStation Plus And PS4
The one glaring downside of Sony's E3 presentation was the news that we'll need to be PlayStation Plus subscribers to play games online.
As far as many are concerned, this means the Network is no longer free (although other functions, like checking out the Store, will remain free). Microsoft charges via Xbox Live but for an entire generation, PlayStation fans enjoyed the fact that the PSN cost nothing. Plus was just a luxury.
But Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida has clarified several important points concerning this news. First, he reminded everyone that you will not need to be a Plus subscriber to play PS3 or Vita games online. That will remain free. As for why they need to charge for PS4 online multiplayer:
"We’re focusing on new services and online, like the Share button I previously mentioned and the ability to play using mobile devices with the cloud feature. Our plan is to continue to invest in the future, but investing like this is not compatible with our previous policy that involved reducing costs by every means to keep the service free."
He went on to apologize for the additional cost, but also restated the benefits of being a Plus member. You will receive early access to betas, discounts, free games, cloud access and more. Lastly, he said that not all online functions will be unavailable if you don't have a Plus membership:
"While direct competition in real time won’t be possible [without PS Plus] for instance in the case of DriveClub, asynchronous online gameplay and receiving data from other players will still be free of charge."
Good to have all the info up front, don't you think?
6/12/2013 9:46:49 PM Ben Dutka