184w ago - Today JoyStiq (linked above) reports that Sony is planning to officially reveal the rumored Premium PSN+ service at E3 2010 for $9.99 a month, which VG247 hinted at last week.
According to SCEE President Andrew House, this information appears to be accurate based on his recent response, to quote:
"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.
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."
From JoyStiq, to quote: "Joystiq has been informed that PSN+ subscribers will also have the ability to enable an auto-patching feature, which will detect, download and install updates for recently played PS3 titles on the system.
As PSN+ subscribers, gamers will also receive protection for their consoles with the recently announced PlayStation Protection Plan, as well as exclusive access to the long-awaited cross-game voice chat. Additional features are said to be in the works following the launch of PSN+, including the previously rumored cloud-based saving system.
Pricing and a release for the PSN+ service is unknown, though one source speculates PSN+ may cost $9.99 per month. When contacted, a Sony representative said the company does not "comment on rumors or speculation."
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$10 a month for 3 or 2 features? I can imagine that Sony will sometime turn into XBL... I was also thinking, that $120 is more than what live actually is right now? They should surely add at least 5 features or more for the PSN+ service.
I'm somewhat interested in finding out what they're going to offer, but at the same time I doubt I would pay that price for anything gaming related. The Live system is basically why I chose the console that I have. It's not like I can't afford it.. I'm just a cheapass I guess, two years on ps3 and I have yet to buy anything from the PS store.
10 dollars a month may not be bad for the premium gaming service, usualy sony is pretty good at sweetening the deal (look at Qore they are constantly giving away psn games/early demos/ beta keys)...
After reading through this thread ive heard this sentiment a lot but you got to remember "IF" Sony is going to announce a "premium" content service at E3 why would they leak all of the details and get rid of the shock and awe... i guess my point is all that we hear on this subject is speculation for the moment...
Now "IF" sony dose announce this "Premium Service" then i hope that it will come with a nice feature like inproved cross game clan support/the ability to host private clan servers for current games... (i've played CS for too long im useto playing on private servers with friends and clans)