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Subscription-supported PS4 is Sony's 'dream'

8:00 AM on 02.25.2013 // Jim Sterling

Users could access 'thousands of games' for theoretical service

Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida has been chatting about Sony's digital plans for the PlayStation 4, detailing how the system is looking to be supported heavily by a cable-style subscription service. 

"We’re shifting our platform more and more to the digital side -- PS4 will be similar to PS Vita in that every game will be available as a digital download, and some will also be available as a disc," he told The GuardianThe Witness will be a digital release and because of the flexibility of the digital distribution scheme, we can have more small games that might be free or available for a couple of dollars, or different services like free-to-play or subscription models.

"As more and more services and contents become available digitally, we'll have more of an option to create attractive packages. 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."

As I've said before, PlayStation Plus was a great move for Sony, so I'm really interested in what it plans for the PS4 here. I just hope it doesn't feel the need to take cues from Microsoft and start taking stuff away in order to create the illusion of value. Sony can be better than that. 

PS4: Sony's Shuhei Yoshida on why there was no box at the launch event [The Guardian]

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