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
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.