Sony Says PS Plus Will Be Important to PS4

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As I’ve said many times before, PlayStation Plus is probably one of the best deals in video games right now. Pay about $50 for a year’s worth of access and you get tons of free games, plus discounts on new games. It’s tough to beat, and most of the games are actually really good. If you have a PlayStation 3 or a Vita, you’re silly if you don’t subscribe.

But then, what will happen when the PlayStation 4 rolls around this holiday season? According to a post on Polygon, PlayStation Plus will play an important role in that new console too. But how is still a bit of a mystery.

The post points the way to the PlayStation Blog, on which Sony Europe’s president and CEO Jim Ryan explained how Plus will function in the coming years with the new console in the picture:

“We’re very happy with the service that we’ve been able to offer with PS Plus. It’s been really well received – the value is quite extraordinary and the take-up has trebled over the course of the past year. We definitely see that as a core part of the way forward. We’re not yet in a position to disclose our plans for the future of PlayStation Plus but there will definitely be a prominent role to play for it in the PlayStation 4 landscape.”

That’s good. That’s very good. Of course, it’d be a lot better if Ryan had explained just how, exactly, PlayStation Plus would work with the new console. Hopefully there’ll be an easy and cost-free way to link your existing account to get some awesome value out of the new console. Perhaps more free games and early beta access on the PlayStation 4, all at the same low-low cost? That’d be swell.

Hey Sony: do that thing I just said. Please. I just re-subscribed (with three more months free if you re-up in the next few days), so I’d hate for it to go to waste when the new console rolls around.

PlayStation Blog via Polygon

  1. It’s obvious that the PS+ time will carry over to the ps4, because it would be preposterous to have one account on the vita and one on the ps4, and much like you need to have the same account for cross platform on ps3 and vita, I believe the same will apply for the ps4.

    That said, play an important role sounds vague, almost sounds like a bad thing, like you’ll be forced to have for certain key features that we are used to be free, if you catch my drift, but hell, if they keep giving us free crap, huge discounts and exclusive beta and demo access, yeah, I wouldn’t mind paying for it, would not like it, but wouldn’t be pissed.

  2. I’m just waiting for the announcement where they reveal that PS+ is the only way to play online with the PS4.

    As much as you try to deny it, it’s entirely possible that this is coming.

    • I went 360 this gen and got worn out by it. If the PS4 rolls out with online STILL free, then I’m getting a PS4 instead of the 720. There’s no way MS will be making Live free. It’s a damn shame, too…

      • The problem with paying for multiplayer is that it’s a scam, you are not paying for dedicated servers in your area, you are playing to be matchmaked to someone with a piss poor excuse of an internet.

        Microsoft had the nerve to say that what you pay is to better the content delivery system, and that’s extreme bullcrap, they char obscene amounts from the developers to accept the patches, so that should cover it, it’s not for game downloading, because that should be covered on the game price itself, plus the adverts everywhere.

        There is no reason whatsoever to charge for matchmaking, but I agree with Dunder, it’s a very real possibility that Sony will follow suit, specially considering that it is free money, we are giving money for nothing, and no company wouldn’t want free money, but if they still give free games here and there, still give you discounts for being subscribed and some random goodies like early access to betas, then it is still bad, but at least you are getting something for it.

        Alas if they stop and PS+ just becomes the new Live Gold, well, hello single player games.

      • Lol. I’ve been single player-ing just after one year of using Live. I was so appalled by MS’s practices versus Sony’s take on online that I completely gave up on it and chose to buy (rarely) either monthly subs or just use whatever free cards I got with new games. I refuse to pay for something that should be free. Those f**king advertisements should in the very least pay for the sh*ty service… And, yes, it is too inevitable that Sony will start charging. Free for minimum, charge for PSN online, and then charge more for PS+. This is the model they’ve been hinting at since their PS4 reveal. Just wait until they finally announce it to their loyal community……

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