Captain PriceSource: Activision

Online multiplayer on PlayStation 4 usually requires two things: a stable internet connection and a PlayStation Plus membership. If you don't have both, you probably won't be able to play online games with your friends. There are two exceptions: free-to-play games, like Fortnite, don't require you to need PlayStation Plus to play online multiplayer. You'll also be able to play any multiplayer games included with PlayStation Now when you're signed up for that service, even if you don't have a PlayStation Plus subscription.

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How to connect to Wi-Fi on PlayStation 4

  1. From the home screen, go to Settings.
  2. Scroll down to Network.
  3. Select Set Up Internet Connection.

    PS4 settingsSource: Android Central

  4. Select either Use Wi-Fi or Use Lan Cable.

    Use a LAN cable PS4Source: Android Central

  5. If using Wi-Fi, select your Wi-Fi network and enter your Wi-Fi password as prompted.
  6. If using a LAN cable, connect it to the back of your PS4 and router.

Directions on plugging LAN cable into PS4Source: PlayStation

How to redeem a PlayStation Plus membership

Now that you're connected you need to make sure your PS Plus membership is on and ready. If you need to redeem your membership still here's how to do it.

  1. From the home screen, select the PlayStation Store.
  2. Scroll all the way down the left menu and select Redeem Codes.

    PlayStation Store Redeem CodesSource: Android Central

  3. Enter the code you were provided with your purchase of your PlayStation Plus membership.

    PlayStation Store enter codeSource: Android Central

  4. Select Continue.
  5. Select Confirm after the Terms of Service.
  6. Select Continue once more to complete the process.

So long as you're connected to the internet and have an active PlayStation Plus subscription, you won't need to do anything special in order to play online multiplayer. Just pick whichever game you want and you should be able to join in on the multiplayer fun from one of its menus.

Play online

PlayStation Plus 12-month

Premium benefits

Unless your playing a free-to-play game, you'll almost always need a PlayStation Plus membership to play online multiplayer. Pick up a 12-month membership and hop into your favorite games while enjoying other member benefits like two free games each month.

Plug it in

Cat 7 Ethernet Cable

For a more stable connection

Wi-Fi isn't always the most reliable, so use an Ethernet cable to connect your PlayStation 4 directly to your internet router, giving you the best speeds possible depending on your ISP and plan.

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