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PlayStation 4 multiplayer isn’t available in all regions

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One of the sneaky announcements Sony made at E3 is that with the PlayStation 4 you are now going to have to pay for online multiplayer gaming. Something Sony fans have held over Xbox 360 fans for the entire current generation.

Personally I have no issue with it and it helps keep servers and patches incoming, that don’t bork the system, so all is good from my side.

But there is a downside, according to a post on the PlayStation blog the online multiplayer features are only accessible to those countries that have an official PlayStation store

Unfortunately at this time gamers in countries which do not have a Store cannot access online multi-player features. However, we are considering every measure to offer PlayStation Store services to these territories as soon as possible. To clarify, the affected territories are: Bahrain, Lebanon, Romania, Oman, Slovakia, Malta, Cyprus and Iceland.

This was posted on the European PlayStation blog so I’m not sure if that’s a complete list or if local countries like Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and Mozambique will be affected. We however will not as we have an awesome local PlayStation store that is fully stocked and ready to rock.

We also don’t know if gamers in these affected countries will simply be able to sign up for a supported countries account and continue as usual.

But if you are in one of the unsupported countries you may want to check that out before placing your money down on a PlayStation 4.

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Author:Gavin Mannion

I'm cranky, arrogant and ever so amazingly annoying but when you get to know me you will also realise I'm honest and incredibly good at describing myself... now pass me that beer

  • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

    Sigh … let the flames begin

    • Hammersteyn

      I smell a Fox. It will probably pop out soon.

      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        Lol he popped up briefly in the breaking news article, where is this fox hiding!!

    • Skyblue

      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        Lol AWESOME !… but has to be an EX Punch to get flames :P

        • Skyblue

          I’m an old school SFII player and then SFIV, everything in-between didn’t count, just like all the Highlander movies after the original

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            lol Third strike was pretty amazing. did he always have the fire shoryuken?

          • Skyblue

            From SFII yeah. It may have been Champion Edition when it started but I’d have to fire up my arcade to double check. Ken was always my fav character.

          • Skyblue

            Checked it out, it was Super SF2: The New Challengers. Spent far too much time on that game with my trusty Megadrive back in the day.

  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    They’d better get a workaround soon or the flame wars are going to start….

    • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

      Oh man this battle is hilarious!

      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        Lol just look at that preemptive ‘But we are working hard to get this sorted out soon’

        • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

          …while we continue gaming uninterrupted

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            Bring me mah popcorn! Things are about to get tense!

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            * brings popcorn, chips, beer, biltong, puts on “the roof (read consoles) is on fire” *

      • John Ambitious

        Loving it

  • Sir Twakkus

    Well first the Xbone drops it DRM requirements and now PS4 multiplayer is not available in all countries. Looks like the console war is far from being one sided this generation.

    • Trevor Davies

      It’s time for popcorn.

  • Haunted99

    At least we live in SA. Thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster!

  • http://xelusprime.wix.com/ettiennev Xelus

    I don’t want to be an ass or anything, but I’ll be lafing at the console community now. It seems that no matter what, this side of the gaming industry is hitting a really hard bump. From bad to worse it seems. You guys still have one more option…

    • http://xelusprime.wix.com/ettiennev Xelus

      Wait a minute, are those seen as regions? I mean…..err… where are all those places? Alright not supporting those areas is actually a logical thing… I suppose. XD

  • Skyblue

    Ah, so now that the dust has settled after E3 all the real news/facts are being brought to light.

  • Jonah Cash

    I am really sorry for the guys and gals of those countries, but for once we in “dark South Africa” (Not meant as a colour of a person’s skin but rather the fact that we are 20-30 years behind the 1st word countries) won’t get screwed…. Sorry other guys from Africa, I will think of you….

    • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

      I take offence to that, we are NOT 20-30 years behind, more like 10-20, but dammit not 20-30!!!!!

      • Skyblue

        He needs the Ban Hammer, “dark South Africa” and then trying to justify the use of the word and SA in the same post.

        • Jonah Cash

          Hahaha, I knew I better put in a disclaimer!!! Hahahaha

      • Andre116

        Absolutely. We’ve already started listening to Vanilla Ice this year.

      • Jonah Cash

        Hahaha!!! Ok all of you… Settle down, settle down!!! OK maybe not 20-30 years then, sheesh!!!

    • DarthofZA

      20-30 years is only a bit of an exaggeration don’t you think :P

      • Jonah Cash

        Just a little…… Half of that perhaps??

    • John Ambitious

      I don’t remember being born in a barn, but once you’ve actually seen what it’s like out there in the first world it kind of feels like it.

      • Jonah Cash

        Go on google maps…. Put in Vivo, Limpopo…. Yeah that is where I come from, in the middle of nowhere!! The TV show: The Middle, yeah they are more connected than Vivo…. And yes I know that Volkswagen has a car with the same name, but we had it first!!

  • DarthofZA

    Not an issue in today’s world. If you have access to internet to get your PS4 online, you have access to google which will help you figure out how to work around it.

  • CaptainNemo42

    So last Microsoft screws up, and Sony does good. Then this week Microsoft recovers and Sony screws up. It’s like a damn roller-coaster What’s gonna happen next week? Predictions… Anyone?

    • Hammersteyn

      50+ new games announced for WIIU?

      • CaptainNemo42

        Now that will be a shocker.

    • John Ambitious

      MS reintroduces the red ring for the Xbox One

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      Nintendo kicks open the door, and reveals… nothing! It just wanted someone to mention it.

  • Gustav Minnie

    There will be more news like this fan boys.
    Rumor has it the reason “always online” was not considered on the PS4 was to lower the risk of your system being bricked when doing the check in :)

    • Trevor Davies

      That made me giggle :D

  • Guest

    “…the affected territories are: Bahrain, Lebanon, Romania, Oman, Slovakia, Malta, Cyprus and Iceland.”

    So 20 people will not be able to play multiplayer.

  • piv787

    “…the affected territories are: Bahrain, Lebanon, Romania, Oman, Slovakia, Malta, Cyprus and Iceland.”

    So 20 people will not be able to use online multiplayer.

    • Hammersteyn

      LOL I had to check where Oman was.

      • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

        Oman that was funny

        • Hammersteyn

          Bwahaha, Oman did not see that coming.

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            You know what they say, a dog is oman’s best friend

    • Skyblue

      That’s just plain ignorance, wasn’t too long ago when we would have been excluded as well.

    • Skyblue

      That’s just plain ignorance, wasn’t too long ago when we would have been excluded as well.

  • fred

    In Lebanon you probably do not need a COD multiplayer session since you can just step outside and have the real thing. but ya … the whole world should be included .

    • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

      You mean you step outside and get called obscenities and your mother insulted?

      • DarthofZA

        Comment of the week!

      • Andre116

        Hehe. Awesome comment.

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        Comment of the Week!

  • Happy Hamster

    Breaking News: Lebanon fired up because of no PS4 multiplayer

    • oomjan

      WTF happened to that ps3? lol

      • Happy Hamster

        A lebanon dude got upset about no PS4 multiplayer maybe? lol

  • Argentil

    It’s very easy creating an account for a different country, I’m sure most PS3 owners in unsupported countries ALREADY have supported accounts. My question is: how will Xbox One players play multiplayer outside of the 21 supported countries?

  • G2k

    Ok this is really silly. I Am from Cyprus, A European country. Cyprus is a Greek speaking island and Greece gets to have the multiplayer and we dont, which is strange and lame..!
    You can ofcourse avoid it and when you create an account (which i have) you select another country e.x. UK and be able to use the Playstation store/multiplayer features normally.

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