Sony's PlayStation Plus membership on PS4 could net $1.2 billion

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For years, PlayStation fans could enjoy online gaming free of charge on the PS3, but that is all about to change with the arrival of the PlayStation 4. In the next-generation, Sony will be following in the steps of Microsoft by requiring gamers to have a PlayStation Plus membership to play games online. It's a decision that IHS analyst Piers Harding-Rolls estimates will generate the company an additional $1.2 billion by 2017.

"While this battle to engage publishers and consumers ensues, Sony has already taken a major step towards a more profitable and competitive PlayStation business with a single but significant commercial decision to place online multiplayer gaming behind the PlayStation Plus subscription paywall," Harding-Rolls told VG247.

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