Sony to levy monthly fee for PS4 multiplayer games
SONY plans to charge a monthly fee of US$9.99 (S$12) in the United States and 6.99 euros (S$11.70) in Europe for playing multiplayer online games on its PlayStation 4 (PS4) console scheduled to debut this month, the Nikkei business daily reported, without citing sources.
Multiplayer games can be played for free on the PS3 console.
Sony plans to charge 500 yen (S$6) a month for multiplayer games in Japan when the PS4 console debuts in February, the Nikkei said.
The US$9.99 monthly option was announced by the company in June this year, a spokesman for Sony Computer Entertainment America told Reuters.
The company will continue to offer an online subscription service that offers discounts and game downloads at an annual membership fee of US$49.99, or less than US$5 a month, the spokesman said.
Sony plans to make PS4 more attractive by including more social-networking functions, such as the ability to chat with fellow players, the Nikkei reported.
Microsoft's Xbox One will also be launched this month.