When the PS4 launches this holiday season the console will have an enhanced Playstation Plus service and social connectivity. The PS4 will also give gamers access to a number of streaming and social network services. Anyone who has PS Plus will tell you its a great value because of game discounts, cloud game saves and free games to add to your Instant Game Collection. At launch a PS Plus Edition of DriveClub will be ready to download with more titles will be added later.
Here are the main PS4 features for PS Plus members straight from their press release:
Online Multi Player
Users will have access to online play with other players via the network. Online Multi Play mode for PS4™, with its socially integrated services, offers unique features only available on the system such as allowing users to seamlessly start playing game and join their online friends while spectating gameplay or enjoying cross game voice chat.
Automatic Patch Download
“Automatic patch download” feature will be further enhanced for the PS4™ system. The system will check for any game updates more frequently and will also automatically install the updates. With this feature, games will always be up-to-date, allowing users to play games immediately whenever they wish to play.
Cross-Platform PS Plus membership
One PS Plus membership accounts for PS4, PS3, and PS Vita. PS Plus service is cross-platform and is available on most PlayStation platforms; PS3 and PS Vita users with existing PS Plus memberships will be able to access the PS Plus service on PS4 and those newly joined members for PS4 will be able to enjoy PS Plus service on PS3 and PS Vita.
You read it correctly, Sony is now requiring you to pay to play online. The saving grace of this new system is the features that accompany online play and the free games you can download as a member. Subscription options have also been added for 90 days in Japan (1,300 yen) and 30 days in North America and Europe ($9.99 / €6.99).
There will also be discounts for year subscriptions to Music Unlimited and social integration for such services as Facebook, Ustream, and Twitter so sharing gameplay videos and experiences becomes much easier. Sounds like Sony preparing their online infrastructure for next-gen gaming pretty nicely.