160w 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 am a firm believer in history repeating its self...
take a page from Qore/First Play, qore usually has a commercial of some sort though you pay for it... qore usually has 3 - 4 games, and rarely adds new details, and in such events that it does their on the internet within moments (the AC 2 one was posted before i finished downloading), the free items are far and few worth while... as time progressed sony wasted many chances to make qore better (dynamic theme at the launch of dynamic themes, same with avatar's but qore was never a free item program either i guess =\) which as time progressed i noticed the quality droped too
Dynamic themes are another example, we heard so much about them prior to release, and when they came out there was 3? in japan, 4 in the US and zero in europe, and even now theres less than 30 combined, many of which had normal themes featured in qore only to have a better theme for sale later on...
avatar's is another good example, I recall them mentioning them around 3.0 and we didnt get them till far later, and even now we so few, and its not really a value or anything, and it almost feels like sony just doesnt care.
Odds are this service will add on fluff features, and have cross game chat... sony will assume we all wouldnt shut up about cross game chat so we will buy it (though the % that uses headsets is low =P) from there it wont sell, it wont get support (many places give free xbl cards for various things so its not like they even pay for the full year in some cases) then in the end sony will either drop adding to it, and accept whatever cash they get from the people who think its worth while... or they will pull another OtherOS which was also "Not gonna be removed thats a Lie" and we will have a more expensive xbox model which will piss off just about everyone myself included.
lets see what the premium service brings and what the actual price is. Why all the hate on something we dont know anything about? Lets give them a chance and if the price or features are not worth it they will sink on their own without us having this hate-chat.
Maybe the paid feature brings something like play anything on the psn store as long as your service is active, that sounds pretty attractive to me since it will only cost me $10 and can download anything and play. If I already played everything I want then I will no longer pay until something cool arrives that sounds pretty amazing and they are not actually selling me the games they are renting me the games for a small price.
If the service is like a buffett then count me in, if I can watch qore, play all the ps1 games I love and have features like crosschat Id be stupid not to pay for it, it would even save me a bunch on new games that are not really good.
Or I can play other stuff and wait for price discounts on new games. A Gamefly digital service sounds uber cool and they will start also adding titles faster to get more subscriptions maybe even ps2 titles imagine that, a huge library at $10 a month.
Then again, lets just wait for the actual anouncement.