PlayStation Plus will be required for much of PlayStation 4's online multiplayer, but several PlayStation Network services will remain free-of-charge. Joystiq attended a few roundtable meetings with Sony Computer Entertainment execs which cleared up the new console's online service plans.
A 12-month subscription will remain $50 in the U.S., SCEA VP of Publisher & Developer Relations Adam Boyes said, and current subscriptions will extend to PS4. The multiplayer restrictions bring PS Plus closer in line with the current implementation of Xbox Live Gold, save for a few important differences: for one, video services (like Netflix) will not require it.
While many titles will require the service, free-to-play multiplayer games can be inside or outside the paywall. Sony Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida said at another roundtable that "it's the publisher's decision whether they put it inside or outside of PS Plus."