As we already know, the PlayStation 4 will charge you money to play multiplayer games online, approaching a model closer to Xbox Live. Funnily enough, this hasn’t got people in an uproar – because Sony cleverly tied it to its existing, much beloved PlayStation Plus service. Classic bait-and-switch, really. Sony worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida has explained why it had to happen.
“That’s a big decision," he told CVG, "what we internally discussed and decided is that we will continue the free access to online play on PS3 and Vita, so that’s clear. But because on PS4 the online connectivity features such as second screen, auto downloads and share features – these are one big pillar of the PS4 experience and we will continue to invest in this area to expand and improve these online features and services.”
Essentially, it’s for the very reasons Xbox gamers have been saying all along: You get what you pay for.
"If we keep giving away online access for free, the natural pressure is that we have to cut down on the cost to provide this free service. But that’s conflicting with our goal of being able to provide very robust and great online services going forward. So we decided that on PS4, because we want to continue to invest and improve our new services, we’ve asked the most engaged consumers in the online activities to share the burden with us so that we can continue to invest."
Last Updated: June 13, 2013