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ARK Survival Evolved dedicated servers go live on PS4

Dino riders on PS4 can now rent and host their own private, dedicated ARK servers...for a price.

@DeekeTweak
Published Thu, Aug 17 2017 6:41 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:54 AM CST

PS4 gamers can now rent and host their own private slide of open-world prehistoric dino-hunting chaos.

ARK Survival Evolved dedicated servers go live on PS4 | TweakTown.com

Private rentable servers are now available in ARK: Survival Evolved's PlayStation 4 version, Studio Wildcard today announced. "These servers offer ARK survivors the opportunity to host private, player-run worlds for themselves and their console friends with up to 100 players per server, setting their own in-depth parameters and custom rules for games on their server," the developers said in an official statement.

The first server provider, Nitrado, has a variety of server tiers and plans with four main hubs in Miami, Los Angeles, London and Instanbul. ARK server prices on Nitrado range from $13 a month for 10 player slots to $87.70 a month for 100 players.

The developers at Studio Wildcard faced backlash after raising the price of ARK: Survival Evolved from its original early access price of $30 to $59.99 on all platforms, or the price of a fully finished AAA game. ARK still remains in early access and is now priced as a big-name blockbuster. The developer defended the move by saying that ARK will launch as a finished product in late August, and the company wanted to "ensure retail parity for the game's upcoming launch."

The developer was also heavily criticized before this for releasing a $20 add-on DLC for ARK while the game remained unfinished in early access.

ARK: Survival Evolve's retail version is slated to launch as a physical and digital product on August 29, 2017 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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