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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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago
  4. Dave Cook

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

    Totes jokes yo.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. KineticCalvaria

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

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Beta

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

    Something like that?..

    #6 1 year 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 1 year ago
  8. Beta

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

    #8 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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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    Life is Strange Episode 2 won’t make its expected release date. The first Life is Strange episode released on January 30, and we had expected the second to follow on March 13. Square Enix has since confirmed to Destructoid that the next chapter won’t make its release date. There’s been no word of the new […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: which character will be revealed tomorrow?

    Mortal Kombat X director Ed Boon is teasing a new character reveal. During today’s Mortal Kombat X livestream, NetherRealm said that a new character would be revealed “very soon”. Boon followed up with this teasing tweet suggesting the reveal will occur tomorrow: Very soon? As in tomorrow? :/ — Ed Boon (@noobde) February 26, 2015 […]

  • Halo played by Twitch is an exercise in great patience

    TwitchPlaysHalo is ridiculous. Halo: Combat Evolved is the latest game to be sucked into the “TwitchPlays” phenomenon, and the results are somewhat painful to spectate. If you’re not familiar with the setup, which debuted with TwitchPlaysPokemon, the game accepts commands from the channels’ chat stream. Although it doesn’t have the strategic RPG elements of Pokemon, […]

  • Gold Amiibo sold out, selling at five times RRP on auction sites

    Gold Mario Amiibo are expected to sell for pretty astounding profits on eBay and other auction sites. The Walmart-exclusive Gold Mario Amiibo is already completely sold out. Plenty of people managed to snaffle them to resell, though. There are now dozens of listings on eBay and other auction sites. One of the average asking prices […]

  • Canadian new game prices jump to $75

    Canadian gamers are in for an unpleasant price hike. As spotted by HardcoreGamer, the local Canadian branches of Amazon and EB Games have raised the prices of upcoming games to CAD$75. The CAD$5 increasing comes within a year of prices hitting the CAD$70 point. CAD$75 (£38/€53) currently exchanges for $60, the standard US pricing. The […]

  • New Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows weather, day-night cycle

    The latest Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows off a gloriously beautiful world. Xenoblade Chronicles X is Monolith Soft’s first solo Wii U game, and the developer is clearly enjoying being able to build a big open world with all the features we’ve come to expect. Missed the whole Xenoblade thing? Chronicles X is a sort […]

  • Dead Rising: Watchtower teaser talks up the benefits of Zombrex

    Live-action Dead Rising movie Watchtower is almost upon us. Dead Rising: Watchtower will release on Crackle on March 27, and via other digital distributors thereafter. Enjoy the short teaser below, courtesy of IGN.

  • We Happy Few debut hits you upside the face with a frying pan

    Contrast developer Compulsion Games has revealed its next project – the delightfully creepy-looking We Happy Few. We Happy Few is set in “a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England” where “a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial”. Players are tasked with blending in with […]

  • Slender: The Arrival creeping onto PS4, Xbox One in March

    Slender: The Arrival sold like hotcakes on PC and last-gen consoles, so why not terrify yourself on PS4 and Xbox One, too? Slender: The Arrival will release on PS4 on March 24 and on Xbox One on March 25, developer Blue Isle Studios has announced, for $10. No word on that Wii U version, though. […]

  • GOG weekend sale celebrates German debut

    DRM-free games vendor GOG is celebrating its German-language launch with a tasty sale. The sale offers discounts over 25 “German favourites”. Highlights inclue 97% off Deponia, and less steep but still tasty savings on Memoria and Blackguards 1 and 2. The sale will run through March 3, and you do not have to be, speak, […]

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

    The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is called Made in Japan, and I’m sure you can guess the theme. Pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack (PC; Steam or DRM free), Fairy Bloom Freesia (PC; Steam or DRM free) and Influent + Language Pack (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM free). Pay more […]

  • Capcom “looking into” solutions to Resident Evil: Revelations PC co-op issue

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 fans should sit tight for a bit, as Capcom is working on some sort of solution to the co-op issue. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 doesn’t have local co-op on PC and fans are pretty mad about that, as it was advertised ahead of release as a key feature. Although Capcom has […]

  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]