Many PlayStation fans have wanted to know more details about the PlayStation Plus requirements for multiplayer gameplay on PS4. With so much speculation from fans, with questions such as, will I have to start paying a subscription fee to play PS3 (currently free) with multiplayer games? Shuhei Yoshida wanted to make all clear:
"We’re focusing on new services and online, like the “Share” button I previously mentioned and the ability to play using mobile devices with the cloud feature. Our plan is to continue to invest in the future, but investing like this is not compatible with our previous policy that involved reducing costs by every mean to keep the service free."
Shuhei apologised for the fee, but deemed it necessary:
"I apologize for the financial burden on our users, but on PS4 it’ll also provide early access to beta versions, free games and discounts like on PS3 and PS Vita. In addition to that PS Plus members will receive for free a special edition with slightly reduced functions of DriveClub."
"While direct competition in real time won’t be possible [without PS Plus] for instance in the case of DriveClub, asynchronous online gameplay and receiving data from other players will still be free of charge."
"You will need it to enjoy online multiplayer. This will also depend on the judgement by the publishers, and there will be some free to play titles that you’ll be able to play without needing a PS Plus subscription, like PlanetSide 2 and DC Universe Online."
For those with unanswered questions, Shuhei Yoshida seems to have responded with all of the answers.