Paid PSN details coming soon, says Sony

President of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Andrew House, has confirmed in an interview published on the Playstation website that a premium PlayStation Network service is coming to the PlayStation 3, with details expected "soon" - likely at next month's E3. House also confirmed that the current PSN "as you know it" will remain free and unchanged.

The confirmation comes via an article published on the UK PlayStation site, where the SCEE President answers questions posted on the official PlayStation forums. Answering a question about whether PSN will become a paid service like Xbox Live, House said "I can assure you that the current PSN as you know it will remain a free service. It is something that our competitors don’t offer and something that shows our loyalty to the PlayStation Community."

He then went on to explain, citing comments from Sony boss Kaz Hirai, that the company is currently looking at introducing a premium service "to sit alongside the current free service." Speaking to CVG late last year, Hirai said that they were "studying the possibility of introducing a subscription model" which would be "in addition to the current free services."

According to a report from Joystiq, the new service is going to be called "PSN+" and will give subscribers access to a rotating list of PSN content such as PSP Minis, PSone Classics, exclusive DLC content for games, discounts on the PlayStation Store and "first hour demo access to full retail titles." The report also says that subscribers may get additional warranty protection for their PlayStation, access to the much desired cross-game voice chat, a cloud-based saving system and the ability to auto-patch recently played games.

Although Joystiq's source speculates that the service will cost $9.99, there is unlikely to be any details until E3 2010 in mid-June.

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I saw this coming but honestly, unless the content is really drastically different then that of the current PSN, then not many users will pay for a another service.

More than likely, free users will be stuck with the current PSN while every new feature they bring out from now on will require a subscription. Then, come the PS4, more will be taken away from free users.

If it does have extended ps3 warrent thingyamybob then id probably pay for that alone cosindering my 40gig ps3 died last week, luckily i still have another ps3 to use while its getting fixed heheh

dogmai said,

No, just cross-game voice chat.

Last I heard, someone from Sony said features like Crossgame chat will be free for all users. So far it's only been rumoured that users will have to pay for it.

I can assure you that the current PSN as you know it will remain a free service.

Yeah, sure. And they also promised that future firmware updates wouldn't disable OtherOS support on fat PS3s. Believe Sony's management's promises at your own risk.


I can assure you that the current PSN as you know it will remain a free service.

roadwarrior said,

Yeah, sure. And they also promised that future firmware updates wouldn't disable OtherOS support on fat PS3s. Believe Sony's management's promises at your own risk.

LOL they see how much money Microsoft is making from xbox live now they want to cash in...

roadwarrior said,

Yeah, sure. And they also promised that future firmware updates wouldn't disable OtherOS support on fat PS3s. Believe Sony's management's promises at your own risk.

hehe true indeed. but i doubt the psn is any threat as to being an entry point for hackers.

Edited by SimplySchizo, May 27 2010, 12:26pm :

roadwarrior said,
And they also promised that future firmware updates wouldn't disable OtherOS support on fat PS3s.

When did they promise this?

The EULA from day one in 2006 said they have the right to disable features.

PeterTHX said,

The EULA from day one in 2006 said they have the right to disable features.

So you would accept that Sony decides to disable support for playing PS3 Blu-Ray games?

I'm inclined to believe them about all current features remain free, just due to the backlash if they didn't, that being said Sony heads have been proven to say one thing and completely change and Sony has the "just eat it attitude".

However, I suspect Sony will try and make PSN with PS4 a paid only service.

As long as the basic PSN remains the same that's great. $9.99/month im assuming? Not bad depending on what it includes.

I'm currently paying a rolling £5 a month for my extended warranty with Sony, so if that was included in a subscription for the same amount plus a few extras then I may be interested.

1. rotating list of PSN content such as PSP Minis, PSone Classics <--- oh yay a rerun list aka rotating big whoop

2. exclusive DLC <-- nothing is ever exclusive anymore these days except for a very few minor ones

3. discounts on the PlayStation Store <---- uhhh yeah you're still playing for it when you pay the 4-5 dollar fee but I guess it might pay itself off if you buy many games that have many discounted DLC's

4. first hour demo access to full retail titles <----- yeah well knowing many people they can't wait even a second these days so they wouldn't mind paying full price of anything for just a few minutes earlier

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