Playing online with the PS4 will require Playstation Plus, but media apps and single player won’t
So there was a small exclusion that Sony displayed on a slide but didn’t really get into during the company’s E3 2013 press-event on Monday night.
Right now playing online on the PS3 is completely free, but it won’t be on the PS4. If you want to play multiplayer games on the Playstation 4 then you will need a Playstation Plus membership, the details were confirmed on the E3 liveblog earlier this evening. You won’t need a subscription for single-player games or for using Hulu or Netflix or anything like that.
“PS4 gamers who aren’t Plus members can still enjoy single-player games for free…and access to media services won’t require Plus”
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) June 11, 2013
PlayStation Plus costs $49.99 a year but you can also buy 3 month memberships and a $9.99 one month membership if you rater do it that way. In the end it comes down to less than $5 a month, and with the content you get in the “Instant Game Collection” it should pay for itself rather quickly, even if you don’t use PSN+ for the discounts.