You don’t NEED to buy a game on PS4 to play games at launch


The PlayStation 4 is the first console to launch where early adopters don’t need to buy a single game at retail to play games on the system. While there are a few caveats to this statement, it’s very easy to say and is also the reason some consumers think there are very few games at launch.

First of all, none of this will be true if you don’t hook your PS4 up to the internet. Without high speed broadband, there isn’t much you will be able to do. You will have to get that initial v1.5 PS4 system software update on a thumb drive so you can do a lot of what the PS4 has been touted to do and this is unfortunate, but true.

Now to the games. There are these free-to-play games everyone is talking about. Games like Gaijin Entertainment’s War Thunder that will support playing against people on PC with a year’s worth of skill. Zombie Studio has Blacklight Retribution lined up for a PS4 launch. This first-person shooter could very well be played instead of Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts or Killzone: Shadow Warframe-2

Then there is the PS4 version of DC Universe Online for all those still playing it on PS3 or PC. Digital Extremes has been working on the PS4 port of their PC F2P third-person sword-wielding ninja shooter Warframe for quite sometime. Of course, any of this could change on November 15th.

Not interested in any of those next-gen free-to-play titles? Then hopefully you are planning to get a PlayStation Plus subscription. They come in 1-month, 3-month, and 12-month flavors. It’s more than just the minimum requirement to play retail games online on PS4, it’s also free cloud saving, scheduled trophy uploads, early access to beta programs, exclusive discounts in the PlayStation Store, and access to free games in the Instant Games Collection.

We were expecting to get DriveClub PS+ Edition on day one alongside the PlayStation 4, but then that fell through. In its stead, Sony announced two great looking indie games with ResOgun and Contrast. Both free so long as you have a PlayStation Plus subscription and both are exclusive to PS4.


Now, let’s talk quickly to those who have been long time PS3 and Vita gamers. There are games that came out for those two systems, some a long time ago, that are now going to be delivered on PlayStation 4. And if you’ve bought them once, Cross-Buy says you already own them for all systems including PS4. These games are Flow, Flower, Escape Plan, and [my favorite] Sound Shapes.

So, what do you guys think? Still going to buy Battlefield 4 (I did!) or Need For Speed or Knack this year? Sound off in the comments below. I’d love to hear about which of these free games you’ll be playing. I’m going to give them all a try for sure.

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  • Gamer Mania

    Sweet fucking jesus!!

  • Ghostdoctor081

    Sony really stepped up their game on this nex-gen release 🙂

  • Mikey Styles

    Still buying most of the games but being a PS+ user has just made me even happier with this news. As long as some of the bad news(no youtube or mp3 support) lately get quickly handled I don’t see anything major being a problem. 11 days & counting!! Haha

  • bizzy gie

    Plus two free weeks of PS+ for everyone who gets a PS4.

    Sony says next gen starts as soon as you buy PS4 whether you like it or not.

    • Mikey Styles

      Winning!! Haha

  • Guest

    Hmmmm making me contemplate getting a launch PS4. Not sure though, on one hand I could get a launch PS4 and PS Plus at launch and play free games with the benefits of PS Plus or I could spend $260 and get a PS3 500gb 30 day free trial of PS Plus and a copy of GTA 5. Not sure which to do. On one hand I could play all the PS3 exclusives I have missed out on NOW or I could get the PS4 and hope to god the streaming service isn’t complete shit and or requires an amazing internet connection to play all the games I have missed out on. Help!

    • kbarso

      Get an Xbox One instead.

      • KosmoCrisis

        Sorry, but XBO doesn’t even compete with the point of this post. Enjoy your downvotes.

      • ItzameyaToad

        Hey I am the guest haha tried to delete the post earlier. And ummmm how about NO. I am done with Microsoft and there BS. They have screwed me over many time when it comes to Xbox Live membership and many other thing’s. The people who run the Xbox division are complete morons. Here is a detailed reason why I won’t be supporting Microsoft consoles anymore(posted this early on this week on another site)

        “Microsoft are assholes and morons. Had my Moms old credit card on my Xbox and I guess around August they tried to charge it for a year of live even though I turned off automatic renewal. They attempted to charge an expired credit card for at least 3 months. So now I can’t log on to Silver Xbox Live or my gold account because they couldn’t send me a message or contact me to let me know that I was playing live for free for 3 months and that they couldn’t charge me. So now I owe them money to even access my Silver account which is supposed to be free. It’s complete BS that I am stuck with a bill to access my console to it’s full potential because some R-tards at Microsoft can’t try and contact me. Loyal Xbox Live user for 5 years gone down the drain because of there stupidity and lack of professionalism. I will never buy another Microsoft product and or pay for any of there services.”

    • Lemondish

      I’d say you should consider looking to the upcoming lineup for the PS4. Its pretty jampacked with games, but taste is subjective. If you don’t see much there that you think you’d like in the coming months, hold off and game on the PS3.

      If you’re like me, though, and absolutely adore almost everything announced so far, grab the PS4. Gaikai might fill that old school PS3 title need, but you also get the benefit of some of the best (albeit smaller) indie titles from the PS3 era hopping over too.

      • KosmoCrisis

        I’m definitely more excited about playing PS3 games on PS4 via Gaikai than I was about playing PS2 games on my OG 60GB PS3 natively.

      • ItzameyaToad

        Hmmm thanks for the reply. I will look more in to the launch titles and the benefits of the PS4 vs the PS3 and vice versa.

    • KosmoCrisis

      I just scored a copy of GTA V from *ehem* Walmart for $18.03! Score!

  • Nick Abernathy

    This is the first I’m hearing about a port of DC online! Will everything port over or are you starting new?

    • KosmoCrisis

      Not knocking you, but Greg Miller over at IGN won’t shut up about it. DC Universe Online is one of his favorite games. Ask him anything on Twitter @gameovergreggy

  • Sabres24Seven

    You forgot the survival horror game “Outlast” as a F2P PS+ title

    • Lemondish

      Outlast, alongside Secret Ponchos and Don’t Starve, won’t be free at launch. Those are the first few rotating games for the PS4 Instant Game Collection. Expect them to hit monthly.

  • greengecko007

    I’d like to know why Journey won’t be available (at least on day one) since the other games from That Game Company are.

    • KosmoCrisis

      Never say never! 😀

  • BIG Franky

    Looking forward to next week and picking up my PS4!!!! that being said, I have no games ordered and probably wont be picking up any until after Christmas. I’ll probably pick up Battlefield 4 for my PS3.

    • KosmoCrisis

      $9.99 upgrade to PS4, or just save the $10 and get it on PS4. I’m playing it now on PS3 and cannot wait for the PS4 version.

      • BIG Franky

        yep… looking forward to the game for sure. also looking forward to COD…. both look great. again though, prob will wait til after Christmas…. I’ve already made way too many video game purchases lately …including a bunch of games already bought for Christmas gifts for the kids…. and that’s not even taking into account the $500 next week (though that’s already paid for but still, you get what I mean)!! 🙂

      • Hey, if I bought Ghosts on the PSN store and I wanted to upgrade to the PS4 version I would pay only $10? Also, If I upgrade.. will I still have the digital PS3 as well? Or will they take it and exchange it for the PS4 version?

        • KosmoCrisis

          Yes, the $10 PS4 upgrade deal is a limited time only deal so jump on it. Yes, you keep the PS3 digital version that you freakin’ paid for! Why would they take that from you? Stats also carry over to either version because they are stored on the server. Campaign does not.

  • Samuel Byrd

    “The PlayStation 4 is the first console to launch where early adopters don’t need to buy a single game at retail to play games on the system.” not true my master system came with alex the kidd built in:)

    • KosmoCrisis

      Nice. All I’ve got to say to that is how I pluralized the word “games” to indicate more than one. Shout out to the Sega Master System.

  • Day_is_Over

    Wii came with Wii Sports.

  • Zeromoniker

    really looking fwd to playing Warframe. Am a massive fan of multiplayer co-op.
    As for BF4 …. hell yes ! 🙂