PlayStation Universe

Sony mulling over 'gold, silver or platinum' options for PS4 online

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on 25 February 2013

The president of Sony Worldwide Studios has hinted that PlayStation 4’s online features may adopt a tier-based subscription format.

Shuhei Yoshida told The Guardian that Sony’s next-generation console could utilize a model not unlike Microsoft’s Xbox LIVE service.

"As more and more services and contents become available digitally, we'll have more of an option to create attractive packages," he said. "So hypothetically we can look at different models – like a cable TV company.

"We could have gold, silver or platinum levels of membership, something like that. We can do subscription services when we have more content – especially now that we have the Gaikai technology available. With one subscription you have access to thousands of games – that's our dream."

Sony lifted the wraps off PS4 last week during an event in New York City. While the console itself wasn’t shown, the company did talk at length about the system’s online features, which include the ability to share and stream content with your friends via PSN.

As Yoshida-san mentioned, the console will take advantage of the cloud service Gaikai, which will allow users to take the latest PS4 games for a spin instantly via the PS Store.

Read our man-on-the-ground Ernest Lin’s experience at the PS4 reveal here.