185w 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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well their not actually taking anything away from PSN free, their just giving users the option to pay if they want more features, those that sony probably couldnt afford within their budget by giving it away for free. its still the same deal as before this subscription, no loss.
Waste of money, sony is really going down the wrong path. What a shame, the reason why i went with ps3 is because they were not like the xbox snobs. But i guess times have changed, new budgets are out and the new ceos just want new yachts and corporate jets.
As I can gather, the patched would automatically download and install in the background when signed into psn. You library is actively monitored and updated with patches as they become available.
I'm lazy, but I wouldn't pay $9.99 for that, the games auto update when you play them signed into psn anyway. I don't think I would ever pay $9.99 for premium psn, I don't see the allure. The current version works well enough for me. Unless of course paying for premium psn is OPTIONAL like their firmware updates, count me in.
It sounds to me like they will auto download in the background rather than making you wait when you want to start the game and downloading them at that point.
Not a bad idea for people like me who don't get much time to play but have to wait 30mins for a game to update before I can a chance to play it. At least it might download while the kids are playing and when I come to play my games they will already be patched...Thats if I understand it correctly.