Sony: Details Of Premium PlayStation Network Coming "Very Soon"

Sony has confirmed last week's rumour that you'll soon be paying for a "premium" version of the PlayStation Network. And we'll be hearing all about it "very soon."

In a community interview on the official Aussie PlayStation blog, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe boss Andrew House was asked by a reader about paying for the PlayStation Network.

"I can assure you that the current PSN as you know it will remain a free service," said House. "It is something that our competitors don’t offer and something that shows our loyalty to the PlayStation Community.

"However, Kaz Hirai stated a few months ago that we were looking at a premium service to sit alongside the current free service and that objective has not changed. You’ll learn more about it very soon."

Kaz Hirai mentioned adding a "premium level" subscription service to the PSN in November last year.

The comments from House today make it seem very likely we'll hear more about this "premium service" at E3 next month.

Remember though: House claims the PSN "as you know it" will be free. The question then is: what extra features will Sony be charging us for?

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    "The question then is: what extra features will Sony be charging us for?"

    More importantly will it be worth the price tag

    If I wanted to pay a fee for online play, I'd get an X360.

      He stated pretty clearly in the article that “I can assure you that the current PSN as you know it will remain a free service”.

      You won't be paying a fee for online play, because free online play is part of "the current PSN as you know it".

    I don’t know about this idea. Sony should be working towards giving all playstation users an experience that is as good as or better than Xbox live. If PSN will suddenly become a paid service, I’m certain a lot of people will jump ship to the better product.

    I’m guessing this premium service will include movie and music downloads. Beyond that I just can’t see what Sony could offer that wouldn’t change PSN “as we know it” for non paying customers.

    My guess is for upcoming PS3 MMO's such as DCUO and The Agency.

    But... “It is something that our competitors don’t offer"? Nintendo also have a free service...

      I'm sorry, I didn't realise Wii's online multiplayer was a contester :)

    If they want to have a decent chance at this, the extra content really must be worth it, and it has to be cheaper than a Xbox live subscription. And they better keep playing online for free. I know they say the PSN we know will be free, but they better not renege on their word. They can add whatever paid function they want, just don't ever, EVER charge for online gaming. They do, and they're screwed.

    free monthly psn game/movie/tv show (predetermined by Sony), discounts, un-quoted data (for some ISP's), early beta testing, early DLC access, cross-game chat, live connect with devs?

    some selling points i would consider, but as long as its offering something the justifies price i'll happily pay.

    considering they have a free online business model and introducing a premium one on top of the free one, i would see this as planned out from the start. Consider free online being a good thing who bought the console for close to a $1000, free online is good right? and from the start they knew they wouldnt make a profit for a while so free online would give it a nice boost. A few years down the track, price cut, slim version, large library of quality games and you have loyal devotees to the system (look at how well play tv and vidzone did for example)who would opt in for the sony brand. Add a premium service and most of these people who enjoy the console already will sign up for it. think of the free online as a trial to get a taste of everything which may leave you wanting more, which they will offer as a premium service and thereby they gain gain support and revenue without forcing it on the consumer

    “I can assure you that the current PSN as you know it will remain a free service,” said House. “It is something that our competitors don’t offer and something that shows our loyalty to the PlayStation Community."

    Does that mean he doesn't consider Nintendo a competitor?

    Unless the Wii added a subscription fee when I wasn't looking...

    We were assured that the "Install OtherOS" feature would not be disabled. Bye bye, free PSN.

    Guys, you realise that 100% of the services we enjoy right now on PSN will be free right? That includes the big one: Online Play. Even if just that portion remains free, it's already head and shoulders about XBL.

    The "Premium" service is going to throw in free PSN games and other online freebies every month on a yearly plan.

    The premium PSN service will be a requirement for utilising the full functions of the Playstation move controllers. They'll introduce 2-tier PSN patches; 1 for freebies (ie those who didn't 'work harder' to afford the $599US PS3 at launch); 1 other patch for the premium members. The premium patches will include BC, cross game chat and 3D service on day 1. Freebies wil hve to wait, say 3 months.

    Mark my words.

    Less cynically and facetious, expect to see demos released only for premium members (ie like XBLGold has), and expect to see in-game content made available only for premium members.

    So when you get chopped up by someone wielding 3D golden guns in Killzone 3/SOCOM via their move controllers, you KNOW they are premium :D

    So it's definitely not voice chat.

    Forget it then.

    I honestly don't know what 'premium' services they could offer that would be worth paying for.

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