Sony will deliver new powerful online gaming experiences and enhanced social connectivity, through PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Network.
“As part of this initiative, Sony Computer Entertainment will enhance the PlayStation Plus membership service concurrently with the 2013 holiday launch of PS4 in each region. Furthermore, PS4 users will have access to a wide variety of streaming and social network services.”
“PS Plus offers various services such as exclusive game discounts, cloud game saves and “Instant Game Collection” by which members are able to play the full version of popular titles from third party developers and publishers as well as from SCE Worldwide Studios, with no limit of time at no extra cost.
To accelerate the enhancement of PS Plus, available concurrently with the launch of PS4, SCE will offer DriveClub PS Plus Edition to PS Plus members which delivers all the authenticity and immersion users would expect from the full DriveClub experience.”
PS Plus main features:
- 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.
PS4’s social integration will support variety of major SNS, including Facebook, Ustream, and Twitter, allowing users to easily communicate and share game play with their online friends. PS4 will be the ultimate entertainment platform, delivering rich gaming and unrivalled entertainment experience.
Additionally, Sony will modify the PlayStation Network service name to “PSNSM,” and will introduce a new logo for “PSNSM” and PS Plus. They also added a new subscription option for 90 days in Japan (1,300 yen) and 30 days in North America and Europe ($9.99 / €6.99).
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Source: Press Release