In 2010 Sony introduced PlayStation Plus, a paid service that offered gamers access to game demos, automatic updates as well as exclusives. One thing that set the PlayStation apart was that gamers had the option to use PSN with or without having to opt into Plus. However, at the Sony E3 press conference it was mentioned that the new PlayStation 4 will require a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online multiplayer games. This was not heavily talked about at the conference but more so included in the slide during the E3 press conference as well as in the fine print of Sony’s YouTube video that advertised the simplicity of trading secondhand games.

“PS4 multiplayer online access requires PSN account & PS Plus subscription”

Like Xbox Live, having the PlayStation Plus subscription will require gamers to pay for one month, three months, or a full year subscription to have access to the online content for their favorite games. However, unlike Xbox Live the prices for the subscriptions are a bit lower with the three month subscription being priced at $17.99 and $49.99 for the full year. Sony will also include a one month subscription for $9.99. Gamers will still have access to single player games as well as media services without having PlayStation Plus.

For existing PlayStation Plus subscribers their subscriptions will transfer over to the PlayStation 4 and will include one free PlayStation 4 game per month from the Instant Game Collection.

Source: Polygon

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