Jeremy Chai Staff Writer
One of the great things about the PS3 and its online features is its free online multiplayer. Unlike Microsoft’s Xbox Live subscription service, PS3 users can pop in online and play to their heart’s content. There’s no need to spend an extra $60 a year to play a game online that already cost you $60 in the first place.
However, that all looks set to change as in order to beat the Xbox One’s price, it was a necessary sacrifice for the PS4, according to VG247. In an interview with SCE Europe’s Jim Ryan, he said “When you’re trying to achieve a £349 price-point and trying to deliver all this functionality, the money has to come from somewhere.”
He added that “I think we’ve done it in a reasonable and fair manner, and I don’t feel defensive in sitting here and looking at the whole package.” I couldn’t agree more, especially when one must consider how much of a splash the PS4 was forced to make to entice buyers over the Xbox One, during its reveal. One of its main features were its lower price, as well as its ability to play games offline – a feature the Xbox One did not initially have, might I say.
So it seems perfectly reasonable for Sony to be up front about charging online multiplayer for their PlayStation Plus service on the PS4, and it’s not like the PS3 or Vita are changing their strategies. They will continue to be free online.