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On the PS4 you do not need to pay anything extra to have online access, but you do need to pay for the Playstation Network Plus membership if you want to play multiplayer online. This may sound like a rip-off, but I have a PSN+ membership that I use with my PS3, and I get so many free games included with the membership that I can’t keep up. You will get at least one PS4 game free to download each month, maybe more, and they are good ones too. For the PS3, my free games for the past couple of months include Tomb Raider, Metro Last Light, Bioshock Infinite, Remember Me, Borderlands 2, Brothers...and a few more. No additional charge. It’s a pretty sweet deal, even if you never play an online multiplayer game. But if you solely play single player games and really want to save the $50, you don’t have pay anything extra with the PS4.