I heard a while ago that Sony has plans to start charging for multiplayer gaming on their PS4 consoles. This was of course dismissed as ludicrous – on the PS3 you can play for free so why would they start charging ?
Looks like it is not so ludicrous after all.
According to a Reuters news item:
Sony Corp plans to charge a monthly fee of $9.99 in the United States and 6.99 euros ($9.40) in Europe for playing multiplayer online games on its PlayStation 4 (PS4) console scheduled to debut this month, the Nikkei business daily reported without citing sources.
Multiplayer games can be played for free on PlayStation 3.
Sony plans to charge 500 yen ($5.00) a month for multiplayer games in Japan when the new console debuts in February, the Nikkei said.
The $9.99 monthly option was announced by the company in June this year, a spokeswoman for Sony Computer Entertainment America told Reuters.
In addition to the monthly option, the company will continue to offer its online multiplayer games service at an annual membership fee of $49.99 or less than $5 a month, the spokeswoman said.
Sony plans to make PS4 more attractive by including more social networking functions, such as the ability to chat with fellow players, the Nikkei reported.
Microsoft Corp’s Xbox One will also launch this month.
(Reporting By Sampad Patnaik; Editing by Ted Kerr and Chris Gallagh
No prices was given for South Africa, but if we look at the US price, that equated to roughly R100 per month just to have that multi-player facility. That is R1200 per year which really does seem like a lot of money for something that the PS3 does now for free.
In a hotly contested industry such as the Gaming Consoles this doesn’t seem to make sense as it is yet another barrier that will persuade potential buyers from choosing the PS4 as their gaming console of choice.
Whilst no official SA statement has been made, if the above is true, what we could see happening in South Africa is that people will either purchase a rival console or will simply hold onto their PS3 for even longer.