So, think they'll charge for online this time?

#1 Posted by DanTheGamer32 (224 posts) -

I feel that playing multiplayer will be free as always, but to make use of the streaming/ sharing functionality and maybe even the background downloads will be put behind the pay wall of Playstation Plus. Sound reasonable to you?

#2 Edited by Kerned (1170 posts) -

I think you are exactly right.

#3 Posted by wastedcolumbo (68 posts) -

Yeah I doubt they will need to if they keep that instant game collection initiative going, I think the thing stopping a lot of people buying a Playstation Plus subscription right now is that they already have a game collection so it seems less worth it, when people are picking up a ps4 and have no games getting PS+ with a bunch of free games would look really tempting.

#4 Edited by mikey87144 (1781 posts) -

I think that's what they'll do also. I think the streaming stuff will also stay the same. They know that more people use the PS3 instead of the Xbox for streaming because it isn't kept behind a paywall.

#5 Posted by MikeJFlick (443 posts) -

I don't think so to be honest, ustream is free, saving video clips would be on PS4 HD, and uploading video/screenshots unless it was to a sony social hud would be free as well.

I don't think Sony would try and push the pay-content so soon, I suggest looking for that sort of stuff right before launch or shortly afterwards.

#6 Edited by Marcsman (3209 posts) -

I think it is inevitable.

#7 Posted by joshthebear (2700 posts) -

It's a 100% certainty.

#8 Posted by Faltru (113 posts) -

I hope not. I certainly hope they don't start charing for multiplayer or randomly gating services we already pay for like Netflix.

#9 Edited by Funkydupe (3321 posts) -

If the service is WORTH IT, why shouldn't we accept paying, because of principles? We pay for all sorts of stuff related to our gaming hobbies.

#10 Posted by StrainedEyes (1325 posts) -

I think they will. Microsoft made a lot of money off of XBL, and it costs money to create and maintain a fast/stable online service.

#11 Posted by Mr402 (144 posts) -

I think your core online multiplayer will remain free. All the other bells and whistles will be put behind the PS+ service. Especially the Gaikai streaming function. For those wanting to play BC games on the PS4 you will pay a monthly fee.

#12 Edited by Pr1mus (3934 posts) -

What's free right now will remain free.

The vast majority of new features will be PS+. This is the Giant Bomb model.

#13 Posted by Addfwyn (1931 posts) -

If the new stuff is under PS+ but they keep the ridiculous quality/value of PS+ then I really don't care, because I'd be signed up for it anyway. As really almost anybody who has either a Vita or PS3 [for games] already should be.

#14 Posted by kishinfoulux (2361 posts) -

Definitely will. They see how much MS rakes in and they want a piece of that pie.

#15 Posted by cutyoface (545 posts) -

They probably will, I just hope that they do it well.

#16 Posted by EXTomar (4765 posts) -

I have no problem paying for service like a "cloud storage" as long as it is completely optional (ie. no game/software requires it). Paying for online access is not something I am willing to pay.

#17 Edited by Krakn3Dfx (2492 posts) -

It would be kind of a bummer, but at the same time, I already subscribe to PSN Plus and love it, so if they keep the same stuff that comes with Plus on the PS4 and it just moves MP behind the pay wall, I'm fine with it for the most part. I don't play much online anyway, so it wouldn't be a deal breaker either way.

#18 Posted by MattyFTM (14393 posts) -

Considering the speculation, if Sony had decided 100% that multiplayer would be free, they would have announced it at the conference. It would have been good press. No reason not to announce it if it was the case. So that leaves two options:

  • They've decided to charge for multiplayer and are waiting to announce it.
  • The decision hasn't been made and is in flux

I suspect it's the latter, and that ultimately they'll err on the side of caution and announce free multiplayer.

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