PS4: auto-update, social features free to all users

Tuesday, 18th June 2013 01:53 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Some PlayStation 3 features currently restricted to PlayStation Plus subscribers will be free to PlayStation 4 owners.

Speaking to Videogamer, SCEE UK & Ireland MD Fergal Gara said auto-update, which is currently available only to PlayStation 3 owners with a PlayStation Plus subscription, will be free for all PlayStation 4 owners.

He also noted that the console’s “social features” will not be restricted to subscribers – possibly including the newly-revealed cross-game chat feature.

“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,” he said.

“The social features of PS4 and PS4 games sit out of the subscription servic,. 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.”

A PlayStation Plus subscription is required for online multiplayer on the PS4. Current subscriptions will automatically include PlayStation 4 content. PlayStation Plus also provides free games, discounts and access to exclusive content.

Thanks, GamePolitics.



  1. El_MUERkO

    They’ve already said that free-to-play online games won’t require PS+ as well, so not too bad. Still the need for PS+ is going to catch out more than a few kids. Sony need to make retail PS+ cards widely available.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. TD_Monstrous69

    And just even more reasons to own a PS4. Glad I got mine reserved already, along with Watch_Dogs and Battlefield 4.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Berzerker793

    3 months free PS+ should really have been included with each console so everyone can start to play right away and so no-one gets caught out not having it.
    It would also show those who dont like the idea of paying just what the service offers, and give them a chance to see if its something thats good enough for them to continue paying for.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Silent Killer01

    Really hope they add region changing for PSN account soon. Xbox already has this feature.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. The_Red

    This is good and while I do agree that PS+ has great value, it IS still unacceptable to charge for online play.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. MFBB

    #5 sadly it became acceptable years ago.

    All Xbox players pay and millions of PC players pay monthly fees for MMOs/Online games.

    Just as you pay for those MMO and co servers, you now pay Sony/Microsoft for there servers aswell.

    Which is understable for me, the costs are huge.

    Including all the new social features…so many servers are needed to keep such huge networks going and fast for currently ~150Million Xbox/Playstation users (which is expected to be even more users this generation).

    The console market grew so incredible much over the last 10 years.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Dralen

    @5 Sony don’t have much of a choice on this one if they want to compete with Microsoft’s Xbox Live. Unfortunately that’s the times with live in.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. sg1974

    @1 PSN cards are already widely available. Four shops in my small home town already have them alongside similar cards.

    @3 +1. Got a Twitter account? Tell them.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Fin


    I think I read somewhere there was going to be a trial in the box. Can’t remember if 1 or 3 month though.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. DrDamn

    Yeah I’d be surprised if there wasn’t at least a month in the box and maybe with some first party titles.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. ps3fanboy

    you can blame microsoft for that pay2play online feature… and all the idiot xbots that was willing to pay for nothing for years.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Takeshi

    @3 I would love that idea. Some people I know with PS3 don’t even know about PS+.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Rosseu

    I’ve never subscribed to PS+ before but I’ll gladly do for PS4. 1 year sub is actually very affordable

    #13 2 years ago

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