You need a PS Plus membership for PS4 online multiplayer

You'll need a PlayStation Plus subscription for online multiplayer on PS4. Sony revealed the change at its E3 press conference today as somewhat of a footnote between used game support and lack of online requirements.

Current PS Plus memberships will carry over from PS3 and Vita to PS4, Sony said, and it didn't mention any new pricing models. A one-year membership costs $50 at the moment.

Sony plans to continue offering free games, discounts, and other bonuses on top of PS Plus, but it looks the valuable option just became a bit less optional.


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  • pokepark7 - June 12, 2013 5:04 p.m.

  • mafyooz - June 12, 2013 5:09 a.m.

    I've just read that the full version of Drive Club will be free for PS+ subscribers when PS4 launches, and I'm guessing the game on it's own would retail at the same as it costs for a years subscription, so you're moneys all ready made back on it....
  • BladedFalcon - June 11, 2013 9:19 p.m.

    Eh, that's a shame I guess, but since I never touched online save for getting trophies in games I really, really liked. I couldn't care less, honestly.
  • the_big_wig97 - June 11, 2013 9:13 p.m.

    So do you need a credit card to get PS+ when the PS4 comes out? Because I do not have one (neither does my parents) and I would love to just walk down to EB Games and buy a $50 PSN card and just pay for a 1 yr PS+ membership from the PS store.
  • AnghellicKarma - June 12, 2013 9:32 a.m.

    You can use PSN cards, yes :)
  • BaraChat - June 11, 2013 8:36 p.m.

    I've had PS+ for about two years now and I've been extremely satisfied with it, just today PS+ users in NA got like LBP Karting, XCOM and UC3 Single Player for FREE. And it's like that every month. I think it's highly worth it as is. I don't play many online games anyway, but I'll stick with PS+ on the PS4 anyway since the deals are EASILY worth the 50$. That being said, I can see how that transition can affect and possibly scare some users/gamers who don't want a yearly fee for online gaming. I don't think it hurts Sony that much though.
  • julyfire94 - June 11, 2013 2:22 p.m.

    Being a 360 user that has had Live-Gold ever since I got the console, I can tell you that this is not a big deal to me. I was planning on buying PSN+ anyways, what with the free games and all. And besides, with a P2P model, the quality of the online experience will doubtless become much better and will give Sony more power to avoid things like their past system-wide hack.
  • talleyXIV - June 11, 2013 1:16 p.m.

    If they have party chat (the one feature Xbox Live had that made me switch) I will throw my money at this easily. Plus gives so much more for the money you spend. Xbox you spend $60 a year and get what? Online. Playstation Plus you get free online + tons of game + discounts towards games + features.
  • zach-mace - June 11, 2013 2:33 p.m.

    actually that was confirmed at e3 as well it was on spike tv between in the transition between the xbox press and the ea press
  • talleyXIV - June 11, 2013 7:40 p.m.

    Wow and the Xbox One just lost. The PS4 has every feature it could brag about minus all of the other ridiculous regulations.
  • Divine Paladin - June 11, 2013 9:51 a.m.

    I've been expecting this to happen for years now. After being hacked, I knew Sony would go to a premium service in some way because there's only so much you can do while selling at a loss and giving stuff away for free. The fact that they're giving us a AAA launch title for free really shows that they're keeping PS+ intact as a great resource to have. Not to bash Microsoft here, but I'll take a brand-new game with a $50/year subscription over a six-year old one (that costs less than $10 at most game stores) and another four-game-outdated title for a $60/year (credit card subscription only*) service. (*Read MS's fine print on that. You only get games free if you subscribe via credit card annually.)
  • Divine Paladin - June 11, 2013 11:52 a.m.

    This isn't a direct quote, but I read the fine print yesterday, and it said something to the effect of "Only one use per membership." Obviously it was in better, more ass-covering terms, but that's what I remember reading. OH, that reminds me: They also noted that this service runs out 12/31/13, meaning that I'm pretty sure this whole free games thing they're trying to go with may be temporary.
  • talleyXIV - June 11, 2013 1:17 p.m.

    On a 360, each separate account has to pay to play online. So if I played online with my Xbox Live Gold and my brother switched to his account, he would not be able to play.
  • talleyXIV - June 11, 2013 7:45 p.m.

    Plus the PS4 costs $400 and doesn't have pre-owned games fees compared to the console that shall not be named that is $500. Microsoft really really really messed up this time.
  • gumaka - June 12, 2013 7:38 a.m.

    It's per user. Each individual user has to have a separate $60 membership. But before anyone rants, I'm pretty sure it's like that for the PS too
  • Sovtek - June 11, 2013 11:29 p.m.

    Wrong. I just downloaded Fable III for free, and I am on a 12-month prepaid. Nice try though.

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