While Sony’s message at E3 2013 was one that nearly brought the house down on Microsoft, they did manage to slip in a change of their own. PlayStation Plus will be required for online play when the PS4 arrives this fall, but the subscription service is far more than just an online pay gate.
A recent interview with Sony’s Fergal Gera explained that PlayStation Plus will still function across the family of PlayStation hardware, and it has different implications for each system.
A PlayStation Plus subscriber on PS4 comes away with a hell of a lot
“A PlayStation Plus subscriber for PlayStation 4 comes away with a hell of a lot. First of all, the subscription applies across all three platforms, so if you have the three platforms then you have an instant game collection on all three. So that’s hugely powerful in its own right. But it is true to say that the online multiplayer element for PS4, you do require the subscription in order to make use of that.”
“If you choose not to subscribe we are still gating relatively little in many senses, so access to online catch-up TV and online movie services sit outside of the gate, for example. The social features of PS4 and PS4 games sit out of the subscription service… things like auto-updates on PS4 sit outside of PlayStation Plus, so we’re trying to be as balanced and as fair as we possibly can. If you choose to pay the subscription, yes, you get one important element of modern-day gameplay, but you also get fantastic value in games, including the PlayStation Plus Edition of DriveClub.”
The good news for current PS Plus subscribers is that the current memberships will automatically carry over and expand to cover the PlayStation 4. As for those who haven’t yet subscribed to PS Plus, what are you waiting for?