I've gotten the Crucible bounties, and see the Crucible area on the launch screen, but can't seem to activate it... when I move the cursor over the icon and press it, nothing happens. What am I missing?
To play Crucible, you require at least one of your characters to have hit level 5. You require a gold Xbox Live membership for Xbox 360 and Xbox One or a PSPlus membership for PS4. As stated in the comments, nothing for PS3. You will definitly require a connection to the internet to my knowledge.
With the latest game update (or maybe it's because I've reached Level 20?), I can now select the Crucible area from the launch screen, and I see four icons: the first one on the left is a padlock, the other three are what I assume are faction symbols. When I hover over the padlock icon, it says:
Control - Competitive Multiplayer
Dead Orbit desires new territories to expand their reach beyond the City.
And when I select the padlock it shows a screen that says:
With Playstation Plus, you can join Fireteams and
engage in cooperative and competitive multiplayer
So at least they explain it now.