Sony details PlayStation Plus changes coming to PlayStation 4, auto-updates and social features to be free

It was revealed at E3 that a paid subscription to PlayStation Plus will be required to access PlayStation 4 multiplayer features when the console releases. Obviously this is far from ideal but we’ve got some information regarding what you will get even if you don’t subscribe to PlayStation Plus.

Whilst speaking to VideoGamer, SCEE UK & Ireland MD Fergal Gara made the following statements:

“If you choose not to subscribe we are still gating relatively little in many senses, so access to online catch-up TV and online movie services sit outside of the gate, for example. The social features of PS4 and PS4 games sit out of the subscription service… things like auto-updates on PS4 sit outside of PlayStation Plus, so we’re trying to be as balanced and as fair as we possibly can. If you choose to pay the subscription, yes, you get one important element of modern-day gameplay, but you also get fantastic value in games, including the PlayStation Plus Edition of DriveClub.”

So far it is still undecided on whether or not you will need to pay an additional fee to stream PlayStation 3 titles through Gaikai.

“In short, we haven’t decided. The Gaikai developments are exciting. The Remote Play feature which we’re particularly excited about not just benefits PS4 but PS Vita – that uses some Gaikai technology.”

“But secondly, the full cloud gaming service comes a bit later – we announced that 2014 will start to see that introduced for PS3 titles in the US, and we’ll start to see a gradual increase in consoles, titles, devices and countries involved as we go forward, so there is a plan there to bring the PlayStation experience to more devices out of the cloud using the Gaikai that will broaden over time.

“Will that be part of PlayStation Plus? I genuinely don’t know. Will that require some other, different charging mechanism? Perhaps. We just haven’t sat down to answer that question yet.”

If you wish to know more information about the PlayStation Plus features check out the information that VideoGamer has detailed.