The PS4 to use Xbox Live-styled premium subscription

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The PlayStation 4 is probably being revealed later today (technically tomorrow morning here in SA) at an event in New York that Sony’s calling “The Future of PlayStation.” Well, I  – and just about everyone else – hope they’re announcing the PS4, or the future of PlayStation is going to be filled with pitchforks. There might be a few pitchforks anyway, because the latest rumours suggest that the PS4 will use a subscription service for most of its online features, not unlike Xbox Live.

That’s according to another fresh batch of rumours from ninja sources, this time from Kotaku. They say that the PS4’s online will be driven by a new premium subscription service that’ll be called “PlayStation World.”

While it’s unclear whether or not you’ll have to pay to play online – but it will likely be necessary for one of the system’s new features; the ability to control your PS4 using a smartphone or tablet. You’ll be able to chat with your PS4 friends or purchase games from the Sony Entertainment Network – and automatically downloaded them your machine.

The same sources say that there will be two models of the PlayStation 4 available when it releases in North America in November, retailing for $429 and $529 respectively (which is in the same general ballpark as the £300 cited earlier)  – though pricing information is only expected at E3.

Sony’s premium online service will no doubt be an evolution of PlayStation Plus and will still offer you a ton of value, but how does the prospect, the mere possibility that you’ll have to pay to play online sit with you? It’s not an unsurprising move if it does happen; Microsoft currently makes in excess of $625 million a year in subscriptions

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Author:Geoffrey Tim

I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • AndriyP

    Just one little change to your wonderful photoshop work…

  • Deon Steyn

    “you’ll have to play to pay online” I think you meant pay to play online.

    PS+ is really really worth it. So I would not mind continue paying as long as one subscription is valid on both my PS3 and PS4.

    • Melasco

      I’m also a PS+ member, worth every penny. As for controlling my PS4 with my phone or tablet… Um, why? I’ll just use my Dual Shock…

      • Deon Steyn

        Here’s the thing, I downloaded Youtube for my PS3 and managed to pair it with my Galaxy S2. So my phone worked like a remote control and I could select which videos to stream.

        They may have something more in mind with connectivity between smart phones and the PS4.

      • Deon Steyn

        Here’s the thing, I downloaded Youtube for my PS3 and managed to pair it with my Galaxy S2. So my phone worked like a remote control and I could select which videos to stream.

        They may have something more in mind with connectivity between smart phones and the PS4.

      • Deon Steyn

        Here’s the thing, I downloaded Youtube for my PS3 and managed to pair it with my Galaxy S2. So my phone worked like a remote control and I could select which videos to stream.

        They may have something more in mind with connectivity between smart phones and the PS4.

        • Brady miaau

          now that is pretty cool!

    • Melasco

      I’m also a PS+ member, worth every penny. As for controlling my PS4 with my phone or tablet… Um, why? I’ll just use my Dual Shock…

    • Melasco

      I’m also a PS+ member, worth every penny. As for controlling my PS4 with my phone or tablet… Um, why? I’ll just use my Dual Shock…

    • Sean Carbutt

      Agreed and FFS, GET RID OF THAT EFFING SINGSTAR KAK. PSN is like the Borg from Star Trek, it assimilates everything in it’s path.

    • Sean Carbutt

      Agreed and FFS, GET RID OF THAT EFFING SINGSTAR KAK. PSN is like the Borg from Star Trek, it assimilates everything in it’s path.

      • Deon Steyn

        Not so loud, the trolls are watching. I already checked, no way to delete it at all.

    • Sean Carbutt

      Agreed and FFS, GET RID OF THAT EFFING SINGSTAR KAK. PSN is like the Borg from Star Trek, it assimilates everything in it’s path.

  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    Thats it boys, milk it!

    • Deon Steyn

      Girlfriend? LOL

      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        If those are the boobs/nipples you are used to, you need to start dating other wimmin/creatures :P

        • Deon Steyn

          Mines got six.

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            Hey, to each his own I guess o_O

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            Hey, to each his own I guess o_O

          • Deon Steyn

            Shes like the prostitute from Total Recall. Only double the amount.

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            XD

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            XD

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            XD

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            XD

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            XD

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            Hey, to each his own I guess o_O

          • Brady miaau

            3 pairs of bra’s then? (Terry Pratchet – Angua, the Werewolf)

        • Deon Steyn

          Mines got six.

        • Deon Steyn

          Mines got six.

    • Sir Captain Rincethis

      Hehehehe! Nice!

  • Purple_Dragon

    I’d love to place a bet that they won’t be revealing PS4. I think I could get really good odds. I don’t think they will be revealing it. I reckon they’ll be showing something else.

    But I hope I am wrong, I’d like to see PS4!

    • Sir Captain Rincethis

      And you get a downvote for that? There really is some young pip raging at the moment. I give you a thumbs up though sir!

    • Melasco

      Maybe you are right, but normally when something gets this hyped up, and it’s wrong, a company will step in and at least say “It’s not this or that”, like Microsoft had to do before E3 last year when the rumors got crazy…

      Sony is not confirming or denying it, so therefore my money is on PS4 reveal tonight… But you never know… I also didn’t expect it to be this soon, but hell, I won’t complain one bit!

  • Sir Captain Rincethis

    Wow, that fan boys are going to have to go through the thousands of articles they have (each) written and edit out this one feature which shows why the PS is better than the xbox. That’s a lot of work. I hope for their sake this is just a rumour, because such a feat will eat into their usual angry time. Still have to agree with them though, not sure why I should pay for Xbox Live AND look at fucking adverts. Incenses me as much as our fav SABC…

    • Deon Steyn

      Xbox users have to look at ads? WTF is wrong with Microsoft.

      • Sir Captain Rincethis

        Actually, xbox is supposed to have ads on the screen, but to be honest I’ve never seen them. I see them for games, but that is to be expected. I think it’s much worse in America. But yeah, WTF indeed?

        • Deon Steyn

          I do agree that Sony needs the money though, look how much MS is making.

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            yeah, it’s sad that this is how they make their money. It should be through a brilliant product. Mind you, SONY probably needs to pay for all the data they have lost :) Nah, I see why they are doing it, they need to change their model to actually survive, and you can’t hate on that. I want Sony around for much longer, they can’t die, not till I say so!

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            yeah, it’s sad that this is how they make their money. It should be through a brilliant product. Mind you, SONY probably needs to pay for all the data they have lost :) Nah, I see why they are doing it, they need to change their model to actually survive, and you can’t hate on that. I want Sony around for much longer, they can’t die, not till I say so!

      • Brady miaau

        I have also never ever seen an AD on the xbox.

        • Banana Jim

          Yeah, the US xbl is littered with ads from Axe deodorant to movie ads to game ads to even burgerking ads. It’s actually very invasive. UK one is less so.

    • OVG

      lol and in the end they all play AAA 3rd party games that are exactly the same on each multimedia HUB (THEY ARE NOT CONSOLES)

      My xbox is better than your PS. My PS is better than your xbox……Have you finished GTAV???? ITs fucking cool man. That dog section was dope…you get my meaning

      And when there is an exclusive to show off the consoles power only 3million people buy the shit.

      • Sir Captain Rincethis

        COD and Scooby snacks is all they want!

        • OVG

          lol but mine has 2 EXTRA FUCKING FRAMES PER SECOND THAN YOURS :P

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            yeah, but, but ‘your mumma’!

          • OVG

            Your mumma is such a Microsoft bitch that when she fell and broke her leg, GREEN poured out.

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            Yo SONY mumma so fat, the only love she can get is from a rumble pack…

          • OVG

            Fuuuck thats good… no come back.

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            You know it, I show it ;) lol

  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    STEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAM baby!

    • Trevor Davies

      Who dares downvote Steam. Get back under your bridge troll, you have no power here.

  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    STEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAM baby!

  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    STEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAM baby!

  • McDangerousZa

    If it does turn out to be a continuation of the PS+ service then I’d be more than happy to pay, but paying for a service I can get for free on my PC? Erm, no thanks. Think back to the Encom software in TRON, same principle. You shouldn’t have to pay for something that was designed to be free.

  • Anon A Mouse

    Here’s a shocker. I don’t do online gaming so go right ahead $oney milk the gamers. I mean last time it was two jobs to buy your hardware, with the world economy in the doldrums why not make it four jobs this time around.

    • Deon Steyn

      Well the ps4 is going to be cheaper according to rumours plus Telkom and Mweb are competing very hard with ADSL prices. I think it might actually be cheaper to get a plastation and internet this time round than in 2007.

    • Deon Steyn

      Well the ps4 is going to be cheaper according to rumours plus Telkom and Mweb are competing very hard with ADSL prices. I think it might actually be cheaper to get a plastation and internet this time round than in 2007.

      • Anon A Mouse

        I unfortunately live in an area of our beautiful SA where 2g is the best coverage you get and Telkom haven’t reached regarding ADSL. Shitty but that’s life I guess.

        • Admiral Chief Erwin

          Where is that?

          • Anon A Mouse

            In the middle of the Free State, almost the middle of South Africa to be exact. And I’m lying a bit. We do have ADSL in town but only 1024kbps. Although I doubt we even get that.

          • Anon A Mouse

            In the middle of the Free State, almost the middle of South Africa to be exact. And I’m lying a bit. We do have ADSL in town but only 1024kbps. Although I doubt we even get that.

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  • BeatzByChrisBrown

    I switched on my Xbox the other day after a long absence.
    I tried to fiddle around with Internet Explorer – sorry, you need a gold account.
    I tried connecting to my skydrive – sorry, you need a gold account.
    Switched the f*cking thing off again.

    Seems like Sony will be doing this as well. I’m keeping an eye on Steam Box.

  • http://twitter.com/mathuthe Mathias

    Well, the one good thing that changed after the hacking was the Plus benefits. Huge improvement and best deal on the console market. But I do think they’ll start adding ads eventually.

  • http://twitter.com/DanielKeevy Daniel Keevy

    The games industry has clearly forgotten about the 1988 crash. You can’t keep tapping your consumers for cash. Eventually they’ll become too poor or too frustrated to buy.

    • OVG

      Im with you man.
      We are having a crash this moment with all these studios shutting down left and right. Its just the Internet that is keeping this soulless MEGA industry afloat thanks to all these greedy crazy money making work models from the producer fat cats…and fucking COD :(

      THE INTERNET the double edged sword.

      • http://twitter.com/DanielKeevy Daniel Keevy

        Yeah. I’m game for things like DLC if it adds to the game. I understand the reason behind day 1 DLC, even if I disagree.

        But it’s getting silly. And “free to play” is going to do even more damage.

  • matthurstrsa

    Man, they better announce the PS4 or people gonna be pissed!

    • http://twitter.com/Technikyle TechniKyle

      Some dumbass on Twitter shouts that the PS4 is being released today. Felt really bad popping his bubble, but it had to be done.

      • matthurstrsa

        Good luck popping all the ignorant bubbles man! There are so many.

      • matthurstrsa

        Good luck popping all the ignorant bubbles man! There are so many.

  • Banana Jim

    PS4 PS4 PS4 PS4!

    • OVG

      You mean PS3.5. Its just a PS3 with a Firmware update and a new shell. Same for the XBOX.

      • Banana Jim

        It can still take my MONEY!!!

        • OVG

          It shreds it to. While Nintendo print the shit and Microsoft use it for 3 year warranties.

  • Banana Jim

    PS4 PS4 PS4 PS4!

  • OVG

    MUSIC DVD PS1, MOVIE DVD PS2, HD DVD PS3… PS4??? Oh they are doing what Nintendo did with the Gamecube dieline, Just redesign the outer casing and throw in a new HD, then sell it for cheap.

    Clever buggers over at ATI.

    • OVG

      trolololololol

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