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Sony could introduce a tier-based subscription model for PlayStation 4's range of online services, SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida has teased.

Speaking to The Guardian following PlayStation 4's reveal last week, Yoshida suggested that Sony could take a leaf out of Microsoft's book for its upcoming console and adopt a "gold, silver or platinum" membership similar to Xbox LIVE.

"As more and more services and contents become available digitally, we'll have more of an option to create attractive packages," said Yoshida. "So hypothetically we can look at different models – like a cable TV company.

"We could have gold, silver or platinum levels of membership, something like that. We can do subscription services when we have more content – especially now that we have the Gaikai technology available. With one subscription you have access to thousands of games – that's our dream."

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Sony unveiled PlayStation 4's range of online services alongside the console last week, including the option to share and stream content with friends over PlayStation Network, and the ability to instantly try any PlayStation 4 game from the online store.

It isn't yet known whether each online service will require a certain type of membership to access, or whether they will available to everybody.

In a separate interview with, SCE UK MD Fergal Gara also suggested that Sony's subscription-based service PlayStation Plus could be making its way to PlayStation 4 in an "evolved form".

"PlayStation Plus has been a great success this year," he said. "It's growing strongly, it's had tremendous critical acclaim for the value it offers and it has grown very sharply both in the UK and across the world. That's an exciting model about how we're bringing games to gamers at a great value price point, packaging it up neatly within a subscription.

"Where do we take that? Well, we're not able to go into the detail for what that might look like for PS4 just yet, but it's certainly an exciting development that we've gained some experience in and understand better now. We know what people like and we've got our hands around the right amount of content at the right level at the right time, so all of that work I'm sure is going to stand us in good stead at least on PS3 and maybe more in some evolved form."

Source: The Guardian/ interview at PlayStation 4 media event held in New York. Flights and accommodation provided by SCEE.

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tvr77's Avatar


"With additional strain on it for the new generation, as well as keeping current gen systems running, funds to improve it have to come from somewhere!

That's a good point but it would be nice if we did not have to foot the bill.
Posted 16:00 on 26 February 2013
Endless's Avatar


Who are they going to lose them to? Microsoft and it's pay to play Xbox Live? If both Sony and MS charge for online play then it's down to what the better service is. No-one is going to not buy a PS4 because they have to pay online when the alternative is to play online somewhere else.

It'd be nice if both MS and Sony made online free and only charged us to use the additional media services. But if this generation has proved anything it's that FREE doesn't necessarily mean better. PSN's infrastructure has been in question for it's entire lifecycle. With additional strain on it for the new generation, as well as keeping current gen systems running, funds to improve it have to come from somewhere!
Posted 14:35 on 26 February 2013
jessicapalguta's Avatar


If they do this they will lose players and i will be one i love sony because they are different from any other systems by doing this it pretty much a copy of xxbox i mean seriously who wants to have to go thru all this to have certain feature or even online play thats bogus word is my bond if they do wut they say they are i quit i picked sony so i wouldnt have to pay i pay for netflix and my internet bill why should us loyal deadicated players have to pay to play we go and buy 60$ games and then we have to pay to play them wtf is that
Posted 23:22 on 25 February 2013
KiryuGenbu's Avatar


that and those already pay up the ass for the playstation plus for the real bonus features so put that into consideration sony
Posted 20:36 on 25 February 2013
KiryuGenbu's Avatar


Oh Hell no.. i have been loyal to playstation for a long time and since i got my internet running in 09 i've been enjoying the free sign in and playing my games with my friends and everything leading up to this year 2013, if Sony takes this time to use the xbox lives ideas to charge people for their online services then im sorry PS4 isn't worth squat

among all the bills to pay including using netflixs services for my ps3 is enough for me, but to add that membership status in the ps4 to USE the internets capabilities is bull*****, i refuse to get a PS4 if the rumors are true on that membership i'll stick with my ps3 thanks bye!
Posted 20:36 on 25 February 2013
Akiyoshi's Avatar


why change it everything is fine the way it is, their trying to copy everything from the wii u's controller and now the xbox 360's pay system. being free is why i picked the ps3 and with that being said I still pay to go to ps+ sometimes being free is what sets the apart from the other consoles. Playstation is going to be in big trouble if they do this.
Posted 19:58 on 25 February 2013
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rbevanx@ pblive

I think it should just be seperate like with their films.

Have PSN basic, PSN+ and then PSN Classics/Gaikai as a seperate thing and it's own section in the gaming section on the store.

Or even better yet it's own app on PS4. I think having several PSN type accounts will be confusing and the whole Gold, plat whatever on PSN is just asking for trouble.
Posted 17:03 on 25 February 2013
tvr77's Avatar


Whatever they do they should keep the online play FREE! then its up to us what else we choose to sink our cash into.
One of the best parts of Playstation is not feeling forced into paying a subscription just to be able to play online.
I think we should all hold judgement on this for now because PSN has always been cash friendly, well apart from some oddly priced digital games which we can ignore if we want.
Posted 17:02 on 25 February 2013


I'll reserve judgement; if it saves me money by not having to pay for the gaikai backwards compatibility stuff than I can't see a complaint in that (aslong as they keep most of the online functionality free to use).
Posted 16:13 on 25 February 2013
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MJTH@ pblive

I agree. They should call the different tiers PSN, PS+ and PSĪ£ (as in sigma sum of all parts)
Posted 16:02 on 25 February 2013
EverTheOptimist's Avatar


I would potentially pay if the packages were attractive, well-priced and clear. PS+ is a fantastic package and the only reason I haven't got it is because I've been too busy with other stuff to welcome more games.
Posted 15:56 on 25 February 2013
WaterrDrinker's Avatar


I don't mind, i'm used to paying for gold so coming into the ps4 and getting more then just being able to play online and services that's not available in my country shouldn't be a huge problem
Posted 15:47 on 25 February 2013


But that's what they are suggesting; free basic, PS+ basic, then another level with Gaikai included and Netflix style unlimited streaming.

It works well for PS+ so I can't see why an extra level would work any differently.
Posted 15:45 on 25 February 2013
Harvey12's Avatar


This is just being daft now, copying Xbox live just to win people again. Just keep it the way it is!
Posted 15:42 on 25 February 2013


What's wrong with what you have at the minute, Sony? One massive advantage you have over Xbox is that PSN is FREE and if people want content then, understandably they can pay for it via PS+.

Keep it straightforward and don't cut any features if people don't want to pay.
Posted 15:25 on 25 February 2013
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