37w ago - Sony Blog Manager Fred Dutton has posted up news today of a 25% discount off a 12 month subscription for PlayStation Plus fans.
To quote: You may notice something a little different about the PlayStation Plus update this week. Yes, as some of you may have heard, Ross has moved on to pastures new.
I hope you'll all join me in wishing him well in all his future endeavours - we'll miss having him around! Ross 2.0 will be along soon enough, but in the meantime I've stepped into the breach and will be keeping you informed of the latest updates to your Plus service.
So, without further ado, let's kick off with your new Game of the Month. As announced at Gamescom last month, from tomorrow until 2nd October you can pick up Rockstar's epic open world Western adventure Red Dead Redemption.
Rightly hailed as one of the finest games of this console generation, it's an absolutely unmissable experience. If you haven't played it yet, you're in for one heck of a treat. And if you have, the multiplayer community is still very active. Jump in.
Next up, from 12th September until 4th December, you can download retro-fabulous side-scrolling beat 'em up Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. It's a rare movie tie-in that is every...
137w ago - SCEE Blog Manager James Gallagher has detailed the upcoming PlayStation Plus October through November content today, and announced that new subscribers are eligible for a free 90 day subscription that will be added on if they sign up for one year to Sony's premium service.
To quote: Hope you enjoyed September's PlayStation Plus content. Did you all work your way through all chapters of Sam and Max?
183w ago - Update: VG247.com has confirmed that Kaz Hirai stated the current PSN service will remain free, and subscriptions are only for "premium content and services."
Sony has revealed during their Media/Investor Conference that the PlayStation Network will be getting a new paid subscription service in 2010 alongside non-game content likely to include applications and videos.
According to their Slide Presentation [PDF] a "new revenue stream from subscription" will be generated.
Although few other details exist at this time, the way it is worded sounds like it could possibly be a subscription similar to XBox live on its way to PSN.
To quote: "It is unclear what the new revenue stream subscription might be. Could it be similar to Qore, an optional service, or something more akin to Xbox Live Gold, which is a premium service required to play games online for the Xbox 360?"
195w ago - At E3 Microsoft said that Xbox Live users would need to be Gold members (requiring an annual fee) to access Last.fm without paying for a Last.fm-specific subscription.
What Microsoft didn't mention, however, was that these limitations would extend to both Facebook and Twitter as well.
This news was buried in Microsoft's late night press release about the new Xbox 360 price adjustments. Here's what the press release says, to quote:
"Xbox LIVE Gold Membership will be required for Twitter and Facebook when they are available, and is required for Netflix. Games, media content and Netflix membership are sold separately; a hard drive is required for storage."
When Facebook and Twitter's Xbox Live extensions launch later this year, you'll need to be a paying subscriber to access the applications.
The press release doesn't get anymore specific than saying the social networking add-ons will arrive sometime "this fall," as Microsoft has said in the past.
209w ago - Rumor has it that Sony may be considering a PSN subscription fee.
Not a subscription fee for access and online (ala Xbox Live) but a fee that gives you all you can eat access to PSN games be they for PSP or PS3.
To quote: This isn't a new idea (Sony Asia polled its customers in early 2008 about such a thing- pics below) but scuttlebutt is that they are asking AGAIN. Hmmm.
$10 dollars per month for 5 or 6 games out of the complete library? Games must 'check in' to see if you are a current subscriber or they just don't play. Maybe bump it to $20 and you get movie streaming to boot?
What do you think? Would you be willing to pay a fee to get access to all PSN games (esp considering if PSP Go! is real all future PSP games will be ON PSN).