Best answer: Yes and no. It depends on what games you are playing and whether you are playing those games on PlayStation Now. The general rule of thumb is that you need PS Plus to play online multiplayer unless the game is free.
What games can I play online without a PS Plus?
Only free games can be played online without PlayStation Plus. Thankfully, many of the most popular games like Genshin Impact, Fortnite, Apex Legends, Call of Duty: Warzone, and more are free to play. You can access these games as long as you have an internet connection.
Do I need PS Plus to play online games in PS Now?
Oddly enough, every game in PlayStation Now can be played online without an active PlayStation Plus membership. You can think of this as an added benefit of a PS Now subscription. However, if for any reason you want to transfer your PS Now game storage from the console to the PC, you will need a PS Plus membership to do so.
When will PS Plus no longer become a requirement for online gaming?
It is unknown if Sony will drop PlayStation Plus as a requirement for online play. The service has grown well beyond online and multiplayer connectivity in recent years, but it’s still a big top seller and is used as a means of subsidizing the PlayStation network. I wouldn’t expect PS Plus to go away anytime soon in terms of online gameplay unless there are a lot of drastic changes.
Is it the same with Xbox?
Until recently, gamers needed Xbox Live Gold (the PS Plus equivalent) to play all Online multiplayer on Xbox, regardless of whether the game was free to play. That has changed, and Microsoft no longer requires an Xbox Live Gold subscription to play free online games. This corresponds more to what Sony offers. You still need an Xbox Live Gold membership to play most other multiplayer games.
What if I buy PS Plus and cancel my subscription?
You can only play online multiplayer in games that require it, as long as your membership is active. Once you cancel your subscription, you will no longer be able to access online multiplayer (except for free titles).
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