PS4 confirmed to be region free, but PSN must be paid for

More details emerge of next gen PlayStation

Sony's charismatic president of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida has confirmed via Twitter that the PS4 will be region free, meaning that games from any territory can be played on any machine.

Yoshida made the announcement yesterday during a customarily frank Twitter exchange with Sony fans.

Meanwhile, Sony has also confirmed via several executives that PSN will be a paid-for service on PS4. Speaking to AllThingsD, Jack Tretton explained that a subscription would be necessary for PS4 users, but not those on PS3 or Vita.

"You need to be a PlayStation Plus member on PS4 to play online multiplayer, yes," Tretton explained. "If you play offline, if you have a Netflix or a Hulu Plus subscription, you don't need to be a PlayStation Plus subscriber, but if you want to be an online multiplayer, you do need to be a member. That is different from PlayStation 3. On the PlayStation 3 presently and going forward, you don't need to be a Plus member to play online multiplayer."

If you missed the keynote from Sony which took place on Monday, featuring both Yoshida and Tretton, you can watch it here.

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James Prendergast Process Specialist 8 years ago
I think there's a difference between PSN and online multiplayer. PSN implies the whole service when, in reality, it's just one small part of that service that's being charged for.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 8 years ago
THAT and hell, the discounts and free games alone make back the sub fee in less than a month or two if you're a regular gamer. Some are spinning this as an "Aha! Sony is making you pay to use PSN!!" deal, but hell, getting five or more bucks off a game and other older titles I missed for more off makes me want to dive into Plus... and I don't even USE the regular PSN service unless I'm getting Vita or PSP code for review from a wifi spot.

Granted, it IS an enforcement to some players who've been getting free play since the PS2 days when it was just that bb adapter on the back of the PS2 and a handful of games, so I see where some ire is coming from. On the other hand... not paying full price for some games and being handed others gratis is a good thing, I say...

Hey, Microsoft is using the PSN Plus model for the 360's XBL Gold plan (although... Assassin's Creed II as a freebie? Uh... OK? Well, it's free, right?)
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John Bye Lead Designer, Freejam8 years ago
In the UK we got Fable III as a freebie on XBL Gold this month, is that not the case in the US?

By comparison, I just got Kingdoms of Amalur, Demon Souls and ICO / Shadow of the Colossus HD free on PS+ this month, as well as Rayman Origins for Vita, and apparently Uncharted 3, X-Com and Machinarium are supposed to be free now/soon too.
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Jamie Knight International Editor in Chief, Playnation8 years ago
Oh God who cares? its worse than the Youtube fanboy flame wars on here sometimes
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Christopher Bowen Editor in Chief, Gaming Bus8 years ago
Honestly, I look at having to pay for online gaming as a necessary concession to the reality of console game playing. In all honesty, I'm surprised Sony waited this long, and it still makes PlayStation Plus worth it in the long run if they keep the price steady.
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Andrew Jakobs Lead Programmer 8 years ago
well on xbox you need gold to even be able to just watch netflix, so it's good of sony to not let you need PSN+ if all you want is use those kind of services.. also it seems a lot of PSN stuff is free (like crossgame chat) except for multiplayer..
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 8 years ago
@Greg--I actually don't have Assassin's Creed II so that will be a plus for me. Now Halo 3, we all have that. But I'm still downloading it just for the hell of it. I also downloaded Fable III yesterday. Not because I wanted it but because it was free.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 8 years ago
@Paul: oh, there's no doubt that many still haven't played AC II here - I was hoping they'd offer all first party 360 games (imagine Halo 1 - 4 or the Gears of War series) for new 360 owners/Gold subscibers. But yeah, at the end of the day, free is free (or "free" is "free" depending on how you look at it)...
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