Last generation, one of the biggest reasons to own a PlayStation 3 (PS3) was the fact that you didn't have to pay to play games with online multiplayer. This time around though, you have to pay Sony for the privilege of doing so on the PS4. With so many games sporting an online multiplayer component, it's hard not to imagine anyone without a PlayStation Plus (PS Plus) subscription. Even if you aren't the sort to play online regularly, it's well worth it for the games you get access to each month.
Nonetheless, Sony wants to let those without a PS Plus subscription to realise what they're missing out on. The company announced that from December 11, 12:01am PST (1:31pm IST) to December 13, 11:59pm PST (December 14, 1:29pm IST), all PS4 owners can play online multiplayer for free.
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"To get started, log on to PlayStation Network during the free weekend period, launch your favourite multiplayer game, and you'll instantly have access to multiplayer with your friends," said Andy Lum of Sony Computer Entertainment America on the PlayStation Blog.
"There's no membership commitment required to try out online multiplayer during this period."
Considering that popular shooters like Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and Star Wars Battlefront have seen most of their user base on the PS4, it appears that Sony wants to go for the jugular and ensure all PS4 users get to check out the benefits of online play..
Will you be booting up your PS4 to play online this weekend? Let us know in the comments.