The lights are on
I will not pay.
To me pay-to-play games distasteful, and for consoles it seems like it is just a slap in the face all around.
First off we have the fact you have purchased exclusive hardware from Sony to play the game on. Second we have purchased a game with some of the money from my purchase going to the game designers and some of it going to Sony. Third we have the fact that Sony (who is not alone, Microsoft and Nintendo practice this as well), charges the game developer royalty fees for releasing the game on their console, that is right the people that do the real work in making your console of choice come to life get charged for making the game. And now if Sony adds a pay-to-play-online fee it is just plain greedy; I have already bought the console, I already have payed royalty feels in the game price, and the game developers have paid their royalty fees for releasing their game on the PS4, and Sony wants more? What dose Kazuo Hirai just buy a new Ferrari when his old one gets dirty instead of taking it to a car wash like the rest of us?
As a sort of off-shoot from the PS4 but related to the pay-to-play category I like to look at Blizzard who have pay-to-play titles. Now I know I will get all the pay-to-play fan-boys excited by mentioning this, but it is the cold hard truth. You have millions of players who pay monthly fees to play their game online. On average Blizzard rakes in just a little over $1 billion per a quarter in profits, and for the most of it I cannot complain about any of it being a dishonestly earned profit, people bought and paid for their services and products on their own will. And now the fan-boys of pay to play say that pay-to-play is the way to go because it creates revenue for the game company to update and fix their products and provide services and support for their product. Which in a perfect world this is true, but it is not a perfect world. Servers experience the same amount of down-time and problems as the other servers that are not pay to play, support and updates are about the same, if not worse as it can seem like it is forever stuck in a beta stage by having to download a new patch/update every time you turn around (which has all its frustrations as well). When I am expected to shell out full retail price for the game and then pay fees to play the game on top of it, I expect the experience to be at least 99% perfect for that.
I pay monthly (actually quarterly) fees for a dedicated virtual web server that has better support and service than Blizzard offers and they work on a fraction of the budget Blizzard does. Don't get me wrong, it is not like I hate Blizzard, they are just the perfect example for why I think pay-to-play games are a joke.
And if Sony does go with a pay-to-play fee this could easily discourage customers from buying a new PS4, with all the extra fees involved why not just spend the extra money on a good gaming PC?