Sony has just wrapped up their hugely anticipated E3 2013 press conference, finally unveiling to the world what the console design will look like. There are a vast list of positives to come out of Sony’s event which we’ll focus on soon, but now we discuss the only negative aspect of Sony’s press conference – online multiplayer on PS4 will require a subscription to PS Plus.
Online gaming on the PS3 has remained free for many years, while Microsoft have always required Xbox 360 gamers to have a Gold subscription to play online. Now, with the transition over to PS4, it looks like Sony have finally made the decision to charge for online gaming.
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To confirm, online multiplayer on the PS4 will cost you $4.99 a month as part of your PS Plus subscription. As many happy PS Plus subscribers on PS3 already know though, that price includes significant value for your money – notably from cloud game saves and access to the instant game collection.
“PS4 gamers who aren’t Plus members can still enjoy single-player games for free…and access to media services won’t require Plus”
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) June 11, 2013
We’re happy to confirm that Sony are also rolling over PS Plus subscriptions to the PS4, meaning that one subscription at $4.99 at month will give you access to PS Plus across PS3 and PS Vita. As a bonus, Sony revealed at E3 that the first game to be included as part of the PS4 instant game collection, will be Drive Club – free as part of your subscription and obviously worth a lot more than $5.
Worried consumers should also take into consideration that the PS4 at $399 will be $100 cheaper in the US than the Xbox One, which we’ll talk about in a lot more detail soon. With this in mind, does this make the $5 fee per month on top a formality? It will be $10 cheaper to buy a 1 year subscription to PS Plus at $50, so that is still $450 in total with online multiplayer included and 12 month’s access to a vast list of games for free.
As we provide you with the big stories coming out of E3 this week, tell us if you think the $5 price per month to play PS4 multiplayer is a big problem for you or not. Who can honestly say that the Sony PS4 is not value for money, despite the online fee?