PlayStation 4 online multiplayer is free this weekend

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PlayStation have announced via their official blogs that online multiplayer will be opened up to everyone for free this upcoming weekend, starting on Friday until the shutters are brought down late on Sunday again.

That’s the end of this story really, but apparently I’m not allowed to post an article that short even if it is useful so let’s have a chat about charging for online multiplayer.

I had completely forgotten that you actually now needed a PSN+ membership to play online on the PlayStation 4  – which just goes to show how much better Sony has gotten at marketing over the years. The Xbox brought in this weird idea as part and parcel of their offerings way back when the original Xbox was revealed. The logic behind it makes sense really as they need to create the infrastructure for you to compete over. Since the Xbox and PlayStation are closed systems it’s not like anyone and their dog can spin up a server to play on that so that cost is all held by the company in charge and companies need to be paid.

It can be argued that the sale of the game and hardware should cover it but then it would be reasonable to expect the price of Call of Duty to be far higher than Mass Effect seeing as it requires more infrastructure. I’d love to see how well that idea would go down.  There is also the oddity of Battlefield 4 which uses external servers to play on but which still requires you to pay the monthly Xbox Live or PSN+ subscription. If the networks were so closed how can they have external Battlefield 4 servers? And since they do then why can’t we get local servers for most of our online games?

What I want to know however is which will be the first ecosystem on the PC to start charging for online play? While the PC master race looks up to Gabe Newell as a godlike figure I can’t believe the idea of charging a small monthly charge for Steam online multiplayer + exclusive Steam sales hasn’t been pitched to him.

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All he needs to do is figure out how to market it properly and bingo, he’ll be rolling in it.. well more of it anyway.


Last Updated: September 23, 2014

Gavin Mannion

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  • Lord Chaos

    With the excellent service from Steam I doubt they need to market it at all. Just do a press release that a monthly charge will be needed and very few will complain.

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  • Mossel

    Heresy! Lord GabeN, the one true savior of gaming, will never treat his disciples with such disrespect!

    • Hammersteyn

      He will deliver unto us the Freeman.Hopefully your messiah does it before the second coming.

      • Mossel

        Ah the third coming of the Freeman. We can only hope. The Lord GabeN works in mysterious ways.

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  • Spaffy

    Please don’t start giving the man ideas!!!

  • Hammersteyn

    It was inevitable that they would charge for online play, but I didn’t expect the quality of games taking a dip. Still is a nice gesture on their part.

  • Admiral Chief 0

    Pffff, Steam won’t do it, cuz they actually CARE!

  • FoxOneZA

    The free online play is to give gamers a taste of FIFA online while the Mater Racers play online for free.

  • Admiral Chief 0
  • Ryanza

    Are there servers in South Africa? If not then you paying for a laggy experience. I say only the countries that has servers need to pay. And if they planning for servers in a country then make them pay for funding.

    You shouldn’t be paying for not having servers in your country.

    • Admiral Chief 0

      Agreed. Local of GTFO

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    I’d have to think long & hard before paying a monthly fee to play online on PC, I’m fairly sure the answer is no though. I’ll miss you Warframe. It’s not you, it’s me.

    • Brady miaau

      I think online console fees is not quite the same as the PC. It is a more of a closed eco-system than on PC, so Witcher 4 online and Eye of the Beholder 4 online all goes though the Xbox or PSN systems.

      Also you get some other stuff with your monthly fee, like free, old, mostly crap games (some great ones!). And some other stuff I no not know or care about.

      • Ryanza

        For the most part. PC is a closed system. You get your Steam, Origin, Uplay, and next year Galaxy. Seems pretty closed to me.

        Don’t support DRM.

        • Brady miaau

          But a game I buy on Steam does not have Steam Servers, does it?

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        I know, I don’t think it’s very likely PC will get the same system as console because of the whole closed thing. Closest thing to it is subs for online games like WOW. Can you imagine having to pay a sub for Steam or Origin? That’s like paying a fee to enter a shop & then full retail price for whatever you buy too. Not very likely.

  • CAE9872

    Nice gesture I suppose Sony.

  • Brady miaau

    Whatever happened to Mwebs push a few years ago to get local servers for gamers? They advertised it and stuff.

    Also, I would rather pay a small fee for my Xbox Live account (or PSN+ I suppose) to be assured of continued service in the future. Free is fine and well, but free means the service can change or be discontinued due to financial constraints.

    • Admiral Chief 0

      I dunno dude, but I really distrust MWEB

      • Brady miaau

        Me too. IS seems a lot better to me, for big ISP stuff. And IS still has local mirrors for a lot of freeware and open source stuff

        • Admiral Chief 0

          Our company ISP has moved from IS to Vox, and I’m impressed with the service

          • Brady miaau

            Just had a meeting with IS. They bough Mweb, announced yesterday

  • Buzz Jackson

    Now we just need some games worth playing, huh?

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