Changes to next-gen PS Plus announced


Selected current features of PlayStation Plus will be free on PS4 – in order to be “balanced and fair” in regards to the online multiplayer changes.

Auto-updates will now be available to all console owners rather than just subscribers, whilst “social features” will also not require PS Plus. Furthermore, Sony have decided to keep third party apps (such as Netflix and LoveFilm) accessible to anyone who has already paid for those services; unlike its main competitor, which requires an Xbox Live membership on top.

In an interview with, Fergal Gara of SCEE UK & Ireland spoke of the alterations, following the switch in stance on online play:

“It is time to charge, but it is time to charge and still continue to deliver phenomenal value.

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 [PS4, PS3 & PS Vita], 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.

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.

Gara also touched on the streaming service for past PlayStation titles:

The Gaikai developments are exciting. The Remote Play feature which we’re particularly excited about not just benefits PS4 but PS Vita – that uses some Gaikai technology. But secondly, the full cloud gaming service comes a bit later – we announced that 2014 will start to see that introduced for PS3 titles in the US, and we’ll start to see a gradual increase in consoles, titles, devices and countries involved as we go forward, so there is a plan there to bring the PlayStation experience to more devices out of the cloud using the Gaikai that will broaden over time.

Will that be part of PlayStation Plus? I genuinely don’t know. Will that require some other, different charging mechanism? Perhaps. We just haven’t sat down to answer that question yet.”



Written by Raj Mahil

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