PS Plus to play 'prominent role' in PS4 landscape - Jim Ryan

Subscription service a 'core part' of PlayStation's future

The PlayStation Plus service will play a "prominent role" on PlayStation 4.

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That's according to SCEE president and CEO Jim Ryan, who says the subscription service will continue to be a 'core part' of the future for PlayStation.

"We're very happy with the service that we've been able to offer with PS Plus," said Ryan in an interview with the PS Blog. "It's been really well received - the value is quite extraordinary and the take-up has trebled over the course of the past year."

He went on, "We definitely see that as a core part of the way forward. We're not yet in a position to disclose our plans for the future of PlayStation Plus, but there will definitely be a prominent role to play for it in the PlayStation 4 landscape."

Amidst the tidal wave of rumours prior to Sony's PS4 unveiling - many of which turned out to be true - were claims that Sony's PlayStation Plus service will be replaced by a new subscription service called 'PlayStation World' and that, like Xbox Live on Xbox 360, "most" of the PS4's online features will require a subscription to use.

While Sony spoke at length last week of its plans for deeply integrated online and social features in the PS4, it never mentioned a 'PlayStation World' service, nor did it specify which features would be free or placed behind a paywall.

In the same interview, senior VP of Worldwide Studios Michael Denny said Sony continues to actively seek out indie development studios, who will continue to play a role on PS4.

"It's always been part of our remit to offer different and unexpected experiences, and often the indie community thinks in those sorts of terms," said Denny.

"From a first party perspective we have an external development studio that's always reaching out to new start-ups and new innovators. People forget Media Molecule were just four guys when they first came to us with an idea. And that goes on all the time - not just in the UK, but throughout Europe as well. There are lots of new teams coming through. We're always looking for new teams with big ideas and big ambitions."