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Sony to reveal premium PSN service?

Sony to reveal premium PSN service?

Sony is rumoured to be working on a premium version of the PlayStation Network.

Sony is preparing to announce a premium version of the PlayStation Network service at E3 2010, according to rumours and sources from within Sony.

Sony has been rumoured to be contemplating PSN subscriptions for some time, but has often refuted the idea and promised that PSN will remain free.

Now though, Sony is working on a new PSN service for subscribers only, according to VG247.

The new premium PSN service is said to be priced at around £50 GBP per year and will include new features, but apparently won't replace the free PSN service that's already available. Subscribers will get one free PSN game every month from a choice of two to four.

"If you work it out, PSN games cost an average of £6-9 each, so over a year you're basically going to be breaking even," said the anonymous source.

The source also promised that a new music streaming service similar to Spotify will be coming to PSN on June 15th and that it'll run in the background and be able to play music over the top of games.

Rumours that Sony is working on support for cross-game voice chat as a paid feature have been rubbished though, with the source saying that that's "100 percent...not the case."

Multiplayer gaming, Home and other currently free features on PSN are said to be unaffected by the new plans.

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Dr. Awesome 18th May 2010, 11:55 Quote
Sounds to me like you would just be paying for 12 arcade style games that may or may not be to your tastes. Unless these new features are actually worth £4-something a month.

Still, the Spotify type thing looks good.
Phalanx 18th May 2010, 11:57 Quote
As a 360 gamer, I'm happy this is happening. Microsoft will be forced to step up to the next level :)
NuTech 18th May 2010, 11:57 Quote
Funny how it wasn't too long ago that Sony used to criticize Microsoft for charging a fee on gold membership.

Saying that, kudos to Sony for keeping multiplayer free. I hope this inspires Microsoft to include more value-added extras for gold subscribers.
skpstr 18th May 2010, 12:08 Quote
I always thought MS should provide some sort of online game save storage that is managed by the user (no automation, the onus should be on the user to backup games saves, not MS). It could be either a specific amount of space or the most recent save of each game played
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lacuna 18th May 2010, 12:15 Quote
I can't understand why Sony would do that? Surely nobody would pay £50 a year just for the ability to choose a couple of rubbish games each month? There has to be more to it than that, some sort of catch to make us pay.
lacuna 18th May 2010, 12:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by skpstr
I always thought MS should provide some sort of online game save storage that is managed by the user (no automation, the onus should be on the user to backup games saves, not MS). It could be either a specific amount of space or the most recent save of each game played
.

I always thought they should allow the use of aftermarket hard drives...

Surely game saves aren't very big though? Its hardly important data either really and its only relevant for the time it takes to finish the game.
GiantStickMan 18th May 2010, 12:42 Quote
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Subscribers will get one free PSN game every month from a choice of two to four.

Sounds to me like you'd forced to pick from all the dodgy stuff, all the popular titles wouldn't be given out for 'free.' But maybe I am just a cynic.
NuTech 18th May 2010, 12:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by Lockon Stratos
thats what HARDDRIVES & MEMORYSTICKS/USB STORAGE is for. or are you willing to pay for server/webspace because this sh*t costs money & I dont think the rest of the world will likely give a toss about this feature as its just throwing money away.
1. Angry much?

2. It's actually a great idea for Microsoft to implement something like Steam Cloud. Giving you access to all your save data from any Xbox would be very handy indeed. Would save having to transfer your profile onto a memory card and carry it around with you.

It could end up being a stand out feature of Gold subscription.
Phalanx 18th May 2010, 13:01 Quote
Steam Cloud is awesome, and the sooner other services go the same way, the better.
Leitchy 18th May 2010, 13:29 Quote
I would pay £50 if it *included* Spotify premium! F*ck the games!
Aracos 18th May 2010, 13:54 Quote
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The source also promised that a new music streaming service similar to Spotify will be coming to PSN on June 15th and that it'll run in the background and be able to play music over the top of games.

Which is exactly what Last.fm should be able to do on the 360, hopefully this will give microsoft an incentive to implement a feature like that.
devdevil85 18th May 2010, 14:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by NuTech
Funny how it wasn't too long ago that Sony used to criticize Microsoft for charging a fee on gold membership.

Saying that, kudos to Sony for keeping multiplayer free. I hope this inspires Microsoft to include more value-added extras for gold subscribers.
But you state the exact reason why they did in your next sentence: MS forced gamers onto Gold in order to play online, as well as download demoes the day of rather than having to wait for the grace period to run out. I don't see why Sony should be criticized for this because as of right now it can't justify the premium services for every user so it is giving an option that wasn't there before to the ones that know they will use it and would glady pay for it versus giving them more reason to jump ship to the competition. Big business for yah.
Gavster2002 18th May 2010, 16:27 Quote
Its will take years for it to get as good as the 360. I will be sticking to that!
Helenius 18th May 2010, 16:40 Quote
The Pach Attack over at GameTrailers foresaw this not many episodes ago...

I think this is gonna be awesome. I want more PSN games, just for casual play... I hope most of them are in the likes of Geometry wars etc, not just old PS1 games.

But yeah, the cloud saving should be something they could add on... Though, I doubt many people use different playstations for their playtime, thus keeping the harddrive sufficient for most people.
Where as Steam Cloud is very likely to be used more than often, as people buy new PC's, format their PC or have multiple PC's.
somewhereoveryonda 18th May 2010, 23:59 Quote
They shouldnt charge if they say its going to be free... but if you get better services by paying and they still do it for free then I dont see why not.

I've seen the 360 online in action and it looks like it has loads of features the PS3 misses out on like friends of friends for example! So simple but makes things so much easier. It doesn't look anywhere near as nice tho!

Lacuna has a great point.. I've never bought any of these £5 games since they look like rubbish cast offs produced by a mistake during lunch hour.. mayb some are good to pick up and play but thats not what PS3 is all about. I know its a games console for having fun on.. and if you have fun then great.. but to me its insane HD multiplayer stuff that I like.. COD Mod 2 for example. They cant make you pay for any of this stuff they're flogging...
Unknownsock 19th May 2010, 10:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by NuTech
Funny how it wasn't too long ago that Sony used to criticize Microsoft for charging a fee on gold membership.

True but M$ require you to pay online if you want any fun out of the xbox.
Bayaz 20th May 2010, 11:53 Quote
Doesn't sound like a good deal. Why not just buy the games you want from the entire library. Why limit yourself to a choice of 2 games?
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