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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I guess when they mentioned a survey a few months ago, it was to see what the top request were and add those to the premium membership.
I'm sure cross-chat was the top of the list so of course they're going to charge for that. I'm happy with the free service, but if they offer dedicated servers for certain games now that would be great.
It will eventually become just like Xbox Live. $ony have already lied about "we will never remove OtherOS" so what says they will not lie about this?
IF the PSN+ Premium gets going then in a year or two we will have to pay to play online. I say boycott anything that is suppose to be free. That way they will drop it and it will stay free. IF everyone pays for it then thats the way it will become.
If the Premium PSN+ is going to be $9.99 a month this better be the most impressive online service I've ever experienced. Having an Xbox Live Gold account for $49.99 a year is one thing, but having a Premium PSN+ account for $120.00 a year is definately another. For that price I'm waiting to see ALL of what Sony has to offer for such a price tag.