Shuhei Yoshida (Sony’s President of Worldwide Studios for Sony Computer Entertainment) was interviewed on the Japanese gaming site Game Watch, where he detailed why the PlayStation 4 will require PlayStation Plus for multiplayer.
DualShockers states that Yoshida reaffirmed that “multiplayer on PS3 and PS Vita will remain free of charge.” I unfortunately can’t read Japanese so I’ll have to take their word on that. He then went on to explain why PlayStation Plus would be needed for the PS4.
We’re focusing on new services and online, like the “Share” button I previously mentioned and the ability to play using mobile devices with the cloud feature. Our plan is to continue to invest in the future, but investing like this is not compatible with our previous policy that involved reducing costs by every mean to keep the service free.
That’s understandable. The PlayStation 4 must take some amount of resources from Sony compared to its siblings. I’m deducing that this means that some of the features of the PS4 – on top of everything else – simply costs too much to afford allowing the same policy as is on the PS3 and Vita to pass onwards. Simply put: because the PlayStation 4 offers so much on one plate it would have to charge consumers just a little bit in order to help support it.
Yoshida went on to apologise for making customers pay that little bit extra, as well as explain how it could be beneficial.
I apologize for the financial burden on our users, but on PS4 it’ll also provide early access to beta versions, free games and discounts like on PS3 and PS Vita. In addition to that PS Plus members will receive for free a special edition with slightly reduced functions of DriveClub.
He continued on to say that for those who don’t subscribe to PS Plus won’t have to worry about all online functions being closed to them. Even though gamers won’t be allowed to directly interact with other gamers in-game they will still be connected to them.
While direct competition in real time won’t be possible [without PS Plus] for instance in the case of DriveClub, asynchronous online gameplay and receiving data from other players will still be free of charge.
Towards what I assume was the end of the interview, Yoshida was asked if gamers would need PS Plus to play MMOs. Even though the answer was pretty much a “yes”, he clarified that there will be some MMOs that won’t need PS Plus – as well as the decision to implement a PS Plus requirement for an MMO would be up to the publishers.
You will need it to enjoy online multiplayer. This will also depend on the judgement by the publishers, and there will be some free to play titles that you’ll be able to play without needing a PS Plus subscription, like PlanetSide 2 and DC Universe Online.
What do think about the PS4 requiring PlayStation Plus to get the full benefits of multiplayer?? Let us know in the comments!
Chirps to DualShockers. Thank you for reading, and I’ll catch you next time!