SCEE UK & Ireland MD Fergal Gara has told Videogamer that auto-update, which is currently available only to PlayStation 3 owners with a PlayStation Plus subscription, will be free for all PlayStation 4 owners.
In addition, Gara also said that various 'social features' will also be available for free to non-Plus subscribers.
“If you choose not to subscribe we are still gating relatively little in many senses, so access to online catch-up TV and online movie services sit outside of the gate, for example.
“The social features of PS4 and PS4 games sit out of the subscription service, things like auto-updates on PS4 sit outside of PlayStation Plus, so we’re trying to be as balanced and as fair as we possibly can.”
This is completely different to Xbox LIVE, where you need to pay for an Xbox LIVE membership to gain access to many services such as Netflix, Sky Go etc.