Sony offering free multiplayer weekend for PS4 owners, seeking beta testers for next system update

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Sony has announced a promotion in which PlayStation 4 owners will have access to the online multiplayer mode in any game this weekend. Normally, only those with a PlayStation Plus subscription can play online.

Sony Computer Entertainment America’s (SCEA) Andy Lum announced the news in a recent blog post, noting that it was just in time for the launch of Street Fighter Vreleased on Tuesday. Lum said it was also a great opportunity for gamers to check out multiplayer in Call of Duty: Black Ops III as the new DLC pack, Awakening, dropped earlier this month.

The free weekend starts on Friday, February 19, at 12:01 a.m. PST and runs through Sunday, February 21, at 11:59 p.m. PST.

In related news, Sony is also seeking gamers to help beta test their next system software update. In a separate post, John Koller, vice president of the PlayStation brand for SCEA, said the beta program will begin in March. Those that get selected will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to download the system software.

All that’s needed to participate is a PlayStation 4 with an Internet connection and a master account. Koller said users can roll back to the previous system software at anytime, implying that the beta software isn’t a permanent commitment.

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