PlayStation Plus Will Play a 'Prominent Role' on PlayStation 4
Posted by Sammy Barker
Subscription service a core part of Sony's next generation system
Sony’s popular subscription service PlayStation Plus will continue to play a “pivotal role” on the PlayStation 4, according to SCEE executive Jim Ryan. Chatting with the PlayStation Blog, the suit explained that the platform holder is “very happy with the service” and that memberships have “trebled over the course of the past year”.
He continued: "We definitely see that as a core part of the way forward. We're not yet in a position to disclose our plans for the future of PlayStation Plus, but there will definitely be a prominent role to play for it in the PlayStation 4 landscape."
As CVG correctly points out, one of the rumours prior to the PS4’s announcement regarded the introduction of a new online service named PlayStation World. It hinted that many of the next generation console’s features would be locked behind a paywall, but failed to materialise during last week’s press conference.
However, in a recent interview, Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida hinted that the company may be considering different tiers of its subscription service, which would unlock more features. "We could have gold, silver or platinum levels of membership. We can do subscription services when we have more content, especially now that we have the Gaikai technology available,” he said.
We think that you should temper your expectations regarding free use of the PS4’s broadcasting features. Online play will probably remain free, but we have a feeling that you’re going to have to pay to stream your gameplay to other friends. Is that something that you’d be willing to shell out for? Let us know in the comments section below.