Playstation 4 owners that don’t already own Sony’s Playstation Plus subscription will have a free sample of the multiplayer aspect of the service this coming weekend. Games such as Destiny, Diablo III and Madden NFL 15 and any other on the console will be unchained for multiplayer use for a Sept. 26 through Sept. 28 span. This is given out in hopes that those that see this side of the subscription service will pay to stay and experience the rest of the perks. This continues the morphing of Plus and Xbox’s Live Gold service into virtually the same offering for their respective user bases.
During this weekend, the multiplayer aspect will be unlocked for all Sony home console users in certain territories. United States and European gamers will have this access a little over a week since Destiny, the biggest selling game of the year so far, came out with a lot of multiplayer features. Sony’s official blog also suggests that players of the new FIFA 15, which just so happens to be coming out this week, give the service a try. There is no special sign-ups for the free offer; users just simply have to log into their profile and click on the multiplayer section to join in on the preview. The free window begins at 12:01 PM PST on Friday, Sept. 26 and ends 11:59 PM PST on Sunday, Sept. 28.
Playstation 4 users have access to the full Plus service in various payment and subscription length tiers, both of which offer a wealth of services besides the multiplayer aspect. For years now, Plus subscribers have had access to a growing list of free games that is updated monthly. Those are available for download as long as the user is a Plus member, and the games only stack during the subscription period. That means someone who joined today would not have access to last month’s game offerings. Other perks include a discount of up to 75 percent on games, online game saves, exclusive beta test availability and full game trials.
That service has undergone several changes between the Playstation 3 and 4 generation gap, much like Xbox’s Gold service has over the same interval. Previous-generation Sony gamers could play multiplayer matches for free while most of the other features were behind a pay wall. Free preview weekends are also new for Plus, but have been a staple of Xbox Live for years. Microsoft’s service, as of the E3 expo of 2013, was expanded to include Games with Gold, which gives subscribers two games per month much in the way Plus had done for years at that point. Xbox Live Gold also offers game DVR, Twitter and Facebook access behind the pay wall.
Those interested in Plus on Playstation 4 after this free multiplayer weekend have a few options to choose from. Currently, the service is $50 in America and £40 in the United Kingdom for a full year while a three-month option costs $17.99 and £16.99 respectively. The six free games for this month are Sports Friends and Velocity 2X for Playstation 4, Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale and Hoard for the last generation home console and TxK and Joe Danger for PS Vita.
By Myles Gann