Perhaps the only negative story to come out of Sony during E3 this year was the confirmation that PlayStation Plus would be needed to play online. Despite being pretty much expected, this still came as a little bit of a nasty surprise to people looking forward to more free online gaming on the PlayStation platform.
One potential headache has also reared its head when you consider that not every country that sells the PlayStation 3 (and likely also the PS4), has PlayStation Plus support. Will those guys be able to play their new console online? A Romanian user posted that exact question on the EU PlayStation blog, and the following reply was posted by Fred Dutton, the blog manager.
“Unfortunately at this time gamers in countries which do not have a Store cannot access online multiplayer features. However, we are considering every measure to offer PlayStation Store services to these territories as soon as possible. To clarify, the affected territories are: Bahrain, Lebanon, Romania, Oman, Slovakia, Malta, Cyprus and Iceland.”
Although only a relatively small number of countries, you have to wonder whether any of these guys would purchase a PS4, knowing at the outset that they would not be able to play online. It would be interesting to see whether Xbox Live is available in those territories as well. One thing is for certain; unless Sony wants to miss out on a load of sales, they have better start rolling PlayStation Plus wherever they will be selling their new console.