157w ago - The rumored new premium online subscription service, which will cost around £50 per year, is slated to be unveiled by Sony at E3 2010 according to VG247.com (linked above).
This news comes as no big surprise as Sony sent out a survey via IPSOS Online Research on the new service several months back to users.
To quote: "According to a highly-placed source, Sony will announce a large-scale monetizing scheme for PSN at the LA show, but we're assured nothing planned will impact the service's current free aspects.
A string of features will be revealed, apparently costing "less than £50 per year".
Sony will confirm plans to give all subscribers one free PSN game per month, from a choice of "two to four" every month.
"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 our source.
A streaming music application similar to Spotify will be announced in Sony's press conference on June 15. It's thought that this can run in the background while playing games.
Rumours that cross-game voice chat is being saved as a paid feature are apparently not true, we were told."
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It's a loophole because Sony aren't allowed to implement a feature which allows users to listen to music directly from their HDD while playing games. All games that do allow that feature have had it added by THAT GAMES DEVELOPERS and not by Sony.
Sony was hoping that more game dev's would add the feature into their games but it's just additional work for them so not many did.
If i'm not being clear: Sony aren't allowed to add a feature to the PS3 which allows you to listen to music from your HDD while you play a game.
Games that do allow you to listen to music from your HDD have it as an in-game option ie. you go to audio options within the game as opposed to bringing up the in-game xmb and directly playing your music. Having a "spotify like" feature which streams music while a game is being played is a loophole because the music isn't being accessed by your HDD drive.
This is good because it does not affect another player who does not want to pay them or may not unlike the xbox that it in addition to an xbox gold does require every owner of a xbox trying to play online but I hope it will improve in time for son's offer even more choice and not a pale copy of Xbox Live