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PS4: it’s hard to keep everything on PSN free, says Sony

Wednesday, 13 November 2013 08:37 GMT By Dave Cook

PlayStation 4 users will have to pay for online multiplayer in the next-generation, and Sony’s Eric Lempel has stressed that this necessity comes from the explosive growth of both PSN and PS Plus. It’s becoming a bigger investment for the company, so it has to make more out of it essentially.

If follows Sony’s event in New York, during which the company released this PS4 interface video. It gives you an idea of how the console’s menus have changed, and what they’re capable of.

Speaking with GI.biz, vice president of Sony Network Entertainment and head of global marketing Lempel said of the need to charge for PSN on PS4, “There’s a ton of value in the network. We’ve built up the network over the years and made a significant investment… and it’s quite honestly hard to keep everything [free].

“The network’s gotten so much better and it’s completely redesigned on PS4. And the investment in Plus gives the user a ton of value, so putting multiplayer in there will continue to help us build the network up for our users. It’s a massive infrastructure to run this thing, and now with some of these social features there’s a lot going on.”

Sony will still offer several facets of PSN and its app services for free however, and Lempel believes this gives PS4 the edge over Xbox One, where an Xbox Live gold account will be required for most services. “What I will say is we kept everything else free to the user,” he stressed. “So for example, we’ve got 11 partner apps right off the bat… that are not gated at all. This is something our competition isn’t doing,”

He revealed that Sony has seen “significant growth” in both PSN and PS Plus activity over the current cycle, with some 150 million registered PSN accounts worldwide. Lempel believes that PS Plus will be worth paying for and added, “If you really look at the value you get from the instant game collection, especially if you have multiple consoles, it’s an unbelievable value. Right off the bat, these two games we’re giving away on day one are over $30, so it’s a great deal for the user.

Those two games are of course, Resogun and Contrast, available to download for free on day-one if you’re a PS Plus subscriber.

PS4 is out November 15 in the States and November 29 across the UK and Europe.

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30 Comments

  1. CaptPierce

    You get an assload of games free (Uncharted 3, Battlefield 3, Sleeping Dogs, AC3, Spec Ops The Line), can download and keep them whenever you want, betas, discounts, 1 GB of cloud storage, and even exclusive rights to buy certain things. And it’s carrying over and giving free shit to PS4 users too.

    This is more than worth the $45-$50 to me.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. KAP

    @1

    +1

    Then again though, this is vg247, I’m sure there is a user who finds that there is something to hate about PS Plus, watch this…

    #2 2 years ago
  3. gomersoul

    Ps+ is great, I just hope it is Sonys intention to keep up the great service on ps4 rather than soften the blow with having to pay for multiplayer

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Dave Cook

    @2 I hate the yellow colour on the plus symbol. It should be fucking red.

    Totes jokes yo.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. KineticCalvaria

    @4, now that you mention it, that is a pretty nasty shade of yellow…

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Beta

    Too many damn games! Fuck you Sony with your dualcock 4!

    Something like that?..

    #6 2 years ago
  7. KAP

    @4

    lol

    On a serious note though Dave, how do you keep from putting a gun to your temple when there is so many jaded gamers on this site that thinks they know and simultaneously hate everything?..

    It must rub off on you doesn’t it?

    @5@6

    You guys seem like experts haha!

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Beta

    Seriously though, the sheer amount of content I got last year was well worth the subscription fee.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Dave Cook

    @7 I don’t know. I’m a massively positive person and sometimes I’d rather do nothing than play games in the evenings. I still love them dearly, but yeah, I get mentally exhausted by this industry at times.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. CaptPierce

    “The fuck kinda name is Plus? That must mean plus more suck, huh?! Sony lost teh race!”

    Am I doing it right?

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Bomba Luigi

    Well, I’m really not paying for Plus, and never will.

    But I don’t hate it. I just don’t have use for it.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Hcw87

    PS+ was great for PS3 sure, but i doubt we’ll keep getting AAA releases until half a year after PS4 has launched.

    Anyone who think they’ll recieve AC4/Killzone/Knack for free the second month are going to be disappointed. Probably a whole lot of indies for free the first half a year.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. DrDamn

    @12
    Nobody is expecting it are they? PS+ *is still* great for PS3 *and* PSV in the meantime for a fee which covers all machines. They’ve already laid out most of the titles for the first six months if you look at it. Outlast, Sombreros, Resogun, Contrast, DriveClub, Don’t Starve and Binding of Isaac are all first six months or there abouts. That’s not bad for <£20 even if you don't have any other PS machine.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Dragon

    ^ +1.

    ______________________

    But I have to say, PS Plus sucks. First off, only 5 free games per month????????. You got to be kidding me. I need 50 of them, all AAAAAAAAAA type.
    Also, 50 bucks? You kidding again Sony? I can buy freaking Angry Birds for a fiftieth of that price. You ripoff Sony.
    The service is more like a PSMinus.
    ______________________

    Btw, the December Plus update is due today. Looking forward to it.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. Lv01

    @12 in a way, the fact that its the indies that are free for the first 6 months is very positive.
    these are games that arent going to be on the shelves of your local game store, wont have adverts on TV during x factor, or at the cinema…
    they are experiences that i might not automatically look to pick up (unless they received the type of hype that journey or thomas was alone got, making me think its justified to spend a tenner on them), yet, being free, means i will definitely play them!
    like new little kings story for Vita. ive not heard or seen anything about it online or anywhere, yet it pops up as a free game on +, and here i am giving it a go, and playing it!
    the AAA titles will come eventually, but i might have already bought those. its the indie games that id never normally find that im actually more excited to see pop up on +.
    and i am VERY excited for Contrast and Resogun!

    #15 1 year ago
  16. misieque

    All right fanboys. So what will you get for “free” (free equals 50$) in the very first months? New Killzone? BF4? AC4. Nope. I was thinking Angry Birds, some puzzles or pinball. That kind of crap. Maybe Sony will give something worthy in a year or so. Not now.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. VibraniumSpork

    @16 First: *sigh*

    Second: Well we probably won’t get Angry Birds – too big of a cash cow. But we will get some awesome Indie games (“That kind of crap,” that I guess doesn’t fit into your narrow view of what constitutes an enjoyable modern video game) and maybe some AAA fare – Driveclub’s still confirmed to be on its way after all, and we might see something Knack-related or a lower-tier Third Party Game. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Injustice: Ultimate Edition made available sometime around the new year.

    We’ll also be getting the usual great assortment of games across our Vitas and PS3s as well. And discounts on any number of first and third party releases on PSN.

    Don’t worry though. Games With Gold will probably have a copy of Fable 2 or Viva Pinata ready for you by then. Dat value proposition.

    Third: Please make sincere efforts to temper your fanboy rage, you callow and inveterate Jimmy Rustler.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. Obernox

    Well….. The only thing the bothers me about PS+ is how much i’ve been spoiled by it. Seiously, i’m afraid to buy any indies because it’ll end up free eventually.

    Oh, and aa slight annoyance about spending $30 on a game only to see free a month later >:(

    #18 1 year ago
  19. SplatteredHouse

    “PS Plus will be worth paying for”. I feel that Sony have been upfront and their actions have shown that quote to be accurate. In that case, I’m not opposed to them asking for payment to help maintain, and enhance in future, a high quality service.

    @18. That $30 game is yours whenever, wherever. (If bought on disc, add emphasis to wherever). Whilst the games you gained through plus are yours as long as you maintain your sub.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. misieque

    @17 What fanboy rage? Did i said i own xbox? Looks at yours comment BTW. Who are “WE”? Sony customers or Sony workers? Im just saying that psn plus wont be such a great deal on PS4, because of poor choice. But you are just another silly wannabe with his “i know better, so shut up” attitude. Good for you.

    #20 1 year ago
  21. SplatteredHouse

    @20 – shovel, or are you doing just fine already?

    #21 1 year ago
  22. Beta

    I was wondering how long it’d be until the bickering started and the word ‘fanboy’ would appear.

    Nothing if not consistent.

    #22 1 year ago
  23. VibraniumSpork

    @20 ‘We’ being the PS+ers you presumably singled out in “So what will *you* get for “free”…” line which was, assuredly, designed to provoke, much like the whole post.

    Still, whatevs. T’was just general internet bullshit/back n’ forth, no hard feels bro. I still believe that PS+ is pretty sweet though…

    #23 1 year ago
  24. Keivz

    I wish MS would do a 180 on keeping other app services behind the paywall. I just don’t see the logic behind it other than them being openly greedy, which I am both impressed and detested by.

    #24 1 year ago
  25. CycloneFox

    Even as a big fan of PS Plus, I can understand, what misieque means. If you don’t own a PS3 nor PSP or Vita, you only get about 2 non-AAA-games at the very launch of the PS4, discounts and the ability to play online, plus anytihng everyone gets, of course. That is pretty much how I feel about Xbox Live minus the two games.
    But with the times, more and more games will come and after a very short time you have alot more games than time with Plus.

    #25 1 year ago
  26. DrDamn

    “you only get about 2 non-AAA-games at the very launch of the PS4″

    Assuming you pay full price for a year PS+ works out at £3.33 a month. Even if you just have a PS4 and it’s just a couple of well regarded indie titles I fail to see the value problem.

    #26 1 year ago
  27. polygem

    i love playstation plus and i hate sony fanboys

    #27 1 year ago
  28. Legendaryboss

    @27
    But, but, but your surrounded by them EVERYWHERE on PSN, you can’t escape! Your trapped poly :)

    #28 1 year ago
  29. Nephilimator

    Lol Xbox live.

    #29 1 year ago
  30. polygem

    @28…nah, i am on psn too and i’m just a gamer. a rare breed but there are some of us left…even on the psn.

    #30 1 year ago

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    Valve and Zen Studios have announced a Portal-themed pinball table is coming to Zen Pinball. The table will be made available on all pinball platforms, including Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX2, from May 25. Called the “Aperture Science Heuristic Portal Pinball Device”, it contains the characters Chell, Wheatley and of course GLaDOS. Portal Pinball […]

  • Star Wars characters coming with release of Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits

    Star Wars characters are coming to Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits. Disney says it will contain “many favorite characters and include more gameplay content and variety than ever before.” There will be three Star Wars Play sets: Twilight of the Republic set in the Episodes 1-3 timeline, Rise Against the Empire set during the […]

  • Hearthstone has been played by 30 million people

    Blizzard’s strategy game Hearthstone has 30 million players, the developer announced on Twitter. The figure doesn’t breakdown players numbers by platform, but Activision will release its recent financial report tomorrow, so maybe more information will be forthcoming. Hearthstone was releases on PC March 14, 2014 followed by Mac, phones, and tablets. Blackrock Mountain, the latest […]

  • Tomorrow’s Destiny livestream focuses on Prison of Elders – here’s a teaser

    Another Destiny: House of Wolves livestream takes place tomorrow, and it will focus on Prison of the Elders. The Prison of Elders is a prison facility in The Reef which is watched over by Variks and is part of the new Arena game mode which is limited to three players. The livestream will be hosted […]

  • Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 has been announced for current and last-gen

    Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 has been announced by Activision, which isn’t shocking in the slightest. Correction: My stupid brain has EA on it due to the financials release later today. The game is being published by Activision. Not EA and I previously stated. I apologize, and have reprimanded myself in a most sever manner. […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition is sold out in the UK

    Hopefully, you pre-ordered the Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition in the UK already. If not, you are likely out of luck. According to GAME, the pack which contains the Half Scale Replica of Snake’s Bionic Arm has sold out in the UK. The retailer confirmed the news to Videogamer this morning. […]

  • Far Cry 4 Complete Edition coming June 19 for PC, PS4 to the UK

    A Far Cry 4 Complete Edition has been announced and it includes the full game as well as the Season Pass. This is the sku which popped up on Amazon Germany earlier in the week. The Season Pass provides access to five separate pieces of DLC. Here’s a refresher on the DLC content: The Syringe: […]

  • The Witcher 3: live Q&A stream with CDP, new monster dev diary inside

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out in just two weeks, and if you want to know more about Geralt’s latest adventure, CD Projekt is hosting a live Q&A now on Twitch. There’s also a new developer diary below which focuses on monster in the game. The Witcher 3 is out on May 19. Huzzah! […]

  • Forza Horizon 2′s Alpinestars Car Pack has five cars and is ready for download

    The Alpinestars Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 is out now on Xbox One and its the only way you will ever be able to afford a 1992 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport. Unless, of course, you win the lottery or are left in some rich person’s will. In that case, I’ll take the ’53 Corvette, […]

  • Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition is now available in North America

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition has been released in North America. It will be made available in the Europe on May 7 and in the UK May 8 for £49.99 on consoles and £34.99 on PC. As previously announced, this edition contains all previously released DLC content as well as […]

  • Two GAME exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians now available for pre-order

    GAME has announced two exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians, and both are now available for pre-order exclusively through one of the retail chain’s 318 stores or online. The £79.99 Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians, which delivers new digital content wrapped in a steel book. There’s also the £199.99 Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector’s Edition […]

  • Deals with Gold: Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Bioshock Infinite, more

    Microsoft has announced its latest Deals with Gold discounts for Xbox Live Gold members. Franchises on sale include Far Cry, Call of Duty, along with individual titles Assassin’s Creed Unity and Bioshock Infinite. The full list is below. Bioshock Infinite discounts are available for both Xbox Live Gold and Silver members. Xbox One Far Cry […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has released, watch the launch trailer here

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has launched on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can watch the launch trailer for it below. Boxed copies in Europe arrive from May 15, and in Australia/New Zealand on May 14. You can grab digital copies from the following online services: Steam, PlayStation Network, Xbox Store.

  • GOG’s online service GOG Galaxy is now in open beta

    GOG Galaxy, the DRM-free online gaming platform from the folks at GOG, has left Alpha and is now in open beta for all to try. As previously announced, the online service, similar to Steam, is option. Players do not need to play online as all games are stored by the service and can be played […]

  • DayZ-inspired Goat Simulator DLC GoatZ is out this week on Steam

    Goat Simulator players can download DayZ-inspired DLC this week called GoatZ. According to Coffee Stain Studios, GoatZ is “the only survival game on Steam that isn’t in Early Access.” Jokingly of course. The DLC features: Mandatory crafting system because everyone else is doing it. Zombies that bug out. There’s a pun here about actual living […]

  • No, Far Cry 4 is not currently free on PSN

    You may have seen a few Tweets from people saying that the PS4 version of Far Cry 4 is available to download from PSN for free. This is not true. A few readers have tipped us off to what looked like a glitch on PSN that allowed players to download the full version of Far […]

  • Metal Gear Solid: The 1984 Collection confirmed to be a clothing line

    Konami is teasing a Metal Gear Solid thing called “The 1984 Collection.” The Metal Gear Solid Facebook page posted this image about an hour ago: The caption reads, “Step back into the 80′s with our new MGS collection coming very soon! Stay tuned!” This is supposedly in reference to the clothing line that was announced […]

  • Portal, The Simpsons, Jurassic World & Scooby Doo packs listed for Lego Dimensions

    Lego Dimensions is likely getting a few unannounced content packs. One of which is themed around Valve’s Portal. A set of unannounced content packs for the upcoming Lego Dimensions have been revealed by US retailer Walmart. The listings include packs for The Simpsons, Scooby Doo and Jurassic World, and most interestingly, Portal. The listings have […]

  • This is the most authentic recreation of GTA 2 in real life ever

    Affordable drones have many uses. Most of them are not nearly as exciting as recreating GTA 2 in real life. I am surprised it took us this long, but someone has finally captured footage using a drone that resembles the protagonist’s experience in the classic GTA 2. These aren’t just shots of cars from a […]

  • PlayStation 4 sales reach 2m in the UK

    Sony has sold 2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the UK, faster than it did with the PlayStation 2 – the company’s best-selling machine in the country. MCVUK is reporting that as of last weekend, 2 million PlayStation 4s have been sold in the UK. The data is based on GfK Chart-Track estimates. This makes […]

  • H1Z1 gets female characters, skin colour options planned

    In an effort to improve diversity in the game, H1Z1 developer has added female characters. Female survivors can now be found throughout the world of H1Z1. Developer Daybreak added the new feature in a patch released last Friday. You will be able to choose a female avatar in the main game and in Battle Royale. […]

  • Possible teaser site for Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi’s new game opens

    Either Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi is working on a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter for his new game, or someone is pulling an elaborate prank. At PAX Prime last year, during Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 panel, a flyer was handed out to attendees that showed what appeared to be a 2D game of some sort with […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for May 5: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    Tuesday is here and Destiny’s weekly reset is also here. Bungie announced that your weekly Destiny grind has now begun. The Nightfall and Heroic strikes are now live too. This week’s strike is Winter’s Run. Rainbow burn is back for the Nightfall, which means you do more damage with all elemental weapons, but also receive […]

  • PC version of Project Cars delayed in Australia due to severe weather

    Recent weather conditions in Sydney, Australia are responsible for a slight delay of the PC version of Project Cars in the country. Sydney recently suffered from storms that caused flooding in some areas. One of those is the place where publisher Namco Bandai was storing PC copies of Project Cars. The stock was “severely damaged,” […]

  • Twitch’s new process makes it easier for streamers to appeal flagged content

    Twitch has updated its appeals process concerning videos that have been flagged by the audio ID system. Towards the end of last year, Twitch introduced a new audio recognition system that scans archived streams and automatically mutes the audio whenever copyright music is identified. The system has been in-use ever since and Twitch has today […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a day one patch, but it’s not a major one

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]