That’s a stark contrast to the online elements of the PlayStation 3, which currently allows for free online multiplayer access. However, it’s a similar situation as to what Xbox 360 owners have faced with Xbox Live Gold, and what’s set to remain the same set-up for the Xbox One. When it comes to next-gen online multiplayer, it looks like you’re going to have to pay whichever console you go for.
PlayStation Plus subscriptions currently cost £39.99 per year, and offer instant access to select PlayStation 3 games as part of the deal, with new titles added each month. It’s not yet clear if the PS4 will keep the same pricing structure, nor whether or not free games will continue to be part of the package.
Speaking to Gamespot Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida explained that the subscription requirement is a result of the additional investment the company has put into its network infrastructure.