PlayStation online multiplayer open to all this week

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Paying for the privilege of playing multiplayer games is an idea that’s alien to PC gamers, but those who play on consoles have become accustomed to the idea over time. It really started with Microsoft’s Xbox Live and its walled garden, offering online multiplayer and other benefits for those willing to dole out its monthly fee. It brought with it stable voice chat, matchmaking and other features that the competing PlayStation consoles of the time just didn’t have.

This generation, Sony started charging for its online multiplayer as well. At first, it sparked a storm-in-a-teacup bit of backlash, but consumers quickly became accustomed to paying for access to the PlayStation Network. The deal’s little sweeter with the monthly Instant Games Collection, which gives subscribers a rotating selection of games to play, provided they keep their subscription active.

That’s probably the thing keeping me subscribed. I’m not especially keen on online multiplayer, so I’m really just paying every year to get access to games I probably don’t actually want. Anyway, I digress. For those of you who want to enjoy a bit of online PlayStation multiplayer but have yet to subscribe, Sony’s is giving you five days of free multiplayer access, starting tomorrow.

From 10AM GMT tomorrow until 10AM GMT on 20 November, PlayStation owners will be able to jump into online multiplayer without having to sign up for a thing. This comes in time to enjoy some of the year’s biggest multiplayer games, like Call of Duty: WWII, Star Wars: Battlefront II, FIFA 18 and Destiny 2. Players who bought Gran Turismo Sport before realising it’s almost entirely online-focused can also get a few races in.

Anyway, if you have a PS4, live in Europe or South Africa, then this week’s a good time to get in on some multiplayer.

Last Updated: November 14, 2017

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Original Heretic

    Come one, come all!
    All I’m playing right now is online multiplayer, testing out mah skills against other peoples.
    Smite! Woop woop!

    • schitsophrenic-toothbrush

      I played smite for sometime, really dug it.

      Been playing battlefield 1 since February, I cant stop playing that stupid game.

      • Original Heretic

        Smite is my first ever MOBA and I can certainly see why it appeals to so many.
        Plus, of course, it’s free, which is awesome.
        I’ve noticed a very definite improvement on my part with it.

        But try as I might, I cannot get anyone to jam with me! I just want to be able to co-ordinate my playing with someone, instead of relying on the randoms I always end up with.

  • MonsterCheddar

    I think they, PS and Xbox should make online play free. If you want the monthly games, then you pay a fee.

    • Hammersteyn

      It used to be on PS3 but now it’s not. Teeheehee.

  • Admiral Chief

    FYI Steam STILL free

    • Original Heretic

      And a decent gaming PC is STILL kak expensive.

      • Admiral Chief

        And PS games STILL MORE expensive


      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Don’t remind me. I was idly browsing the other to see what a new PC would cost if mine crashed. My PC better not crash.

        • Original Heretic

          It’s the ONLY thing keeping me from getting a PC.
          There are so many PC games I’d love to play.

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