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Premium PlayStation Plus subscriptions coming to PSN

Sony’s James Thorpe has taken the wraps off the soon to be released PlayStation Plus account. Speaking on the PlayStation blog, the PlayStation Network Product Manager detailed the premium subscription including the features associated with the account as well as the pricing and release date.

The blog post describes the PlayStation Plus membership as giving you premium and exclusive features, including "frequent discounts on PlayStation Store content, free and exclusive access to select games, full game trials, early invitations to select betas of popular games, and new functionality such as content downloads and updates which will automatically be 'pushed' to the PS3 system even when consumers are not using their system."

The main features are as follows:

  • Games: Enjoy loads of PlayStation Network games, minis and PS one classics plus premium avatars and dynamic themes, all worth at least $300 a year. You’ll also get exclusive PlayStation Store discounts and early access to demos and beta trials. Content is updated every month on PlayStation Store, so there will always be something new to enjoy.
  • Full Game Trial: Try before you buy with a one-hour trial of selected PlayStation Network titles and Blu-ray Disc releases.
  • Automatic Download: Receive the latest PS3 system software updates, all your game updates and even game demos without lifting a finger.

The premium PlayStation Plus subscription is set to be released at the end of the month with a price tag of $17.99 for a three month period or $49.99 for one year. Players who currently sign-up for the one year package will receive an additional three months free of charge. More information regarding the account can be found on PlayStationPlus.com.

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