Sony messed up when it comes to PlayStation Plus. Against odds, the company grew its online service into a force for Microsoft to reckon with. Even with the cost of a subscription, Sony offered so much value, with tons of free games and new ones every month, that many PlayStation fans didn't mind paying.
But on PS3, playing online games with a free account always remained an option. That's no longer the case on PS4 now that online gameplay is locked behind the PlayStation Plus paywall, and suddenly a PS4 without a PlayStation Plus subscription is looking a tad less great.