Premium PSN plans for E3 reveal, to cost “less than £50 per year”

VG247 has learnt that Sony is to reveal plans for PSN’s premium services at E3.

According to a highly-placed source, Sony will announce a large-scale monetizing scheme for PSN at the LA show, but we’re assured nothing planned will impact the service’s current free aspects.

A string of features will be revealed, apparently costing “less than £50 per year”.

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coolcut1352868d ago

thats kinda expensive.. hopefully will have some briliant features n not charge for what we already have

THC CELL2868d ago

let sony do the talking not a website

gaffyh2868d ago (Edited 2868d ago )

Personally, that service actually sounds pretty good. Getting a free PSN game on top of all the other features, and allowing normal users to play online and not forcing them to pay-to-play is a great idea. I actually feel like paying for the service (although £50 is a little too much), which I don't feel like paying for with XBL because it is simply to pay for online gameplay. Something which is free on every other console and PC.

The_Count2868d ago

I wouldn't mind paying that. For me that is the price of a game or a music concert. I look forward to seeing the features offered

Comet2868d ago

Stop asking mommy for some money and get a job...

HolyOrangeCows2868d ago

So long as the current features stay free (As Sony already promised that they would), fine.

But I don't trust these sites with their little "insider sources"

Trey_4_life2868d ago (Edited 2868d ago )

With the free PSN we have being on par with xbox live then this will push the PSN into a league of it's own, Live and steam need to play catchup.

oohWii2868d ago

You hypocrites...(clears throat)..oh sorry I meant you "guys" crack me up. Now it's okay to pay for online service. Let me put it this way, for those of you that buy this service, you may as well be paying for online gaming service because you will be paying 50+ dollars per year for whatever it is.

Yeah I know, they will give you a choice of 3-4 games per month, some of which you'll want and some of which you will not want. Here's an idea, how about keeping it free and I'll buy a PSN game when I want to. That way I can choose from everything instead of the 3 that they give me to choose from.

@THC CELL (And the 64 that agreed with him)- "let sony do the talking not a website"

Really, did you really say that? Okay, what about all the negative stuff said about the wii and the 360 from other websites, never heard you say "let the talking come from nintendo or microsoft and not a website."

How, the irony of it all.

@Trey_4_life - "With the free PSN we have being on par with xbox live then this will push the PSN into a league of it's own, Live and steam need to play catchup."

How many times do people need to explain to you the PSN in it's current state IS NOT on par with XBL. But you continue to tell yourself that if it makes you feel better.

haha, so funny.

iceman062868d ago

First off...I am NOT one of the so-called hypocrites! I could care less what other people do with their money. However, to try to say that this is a service JUST "to play online games" is simply incorrect. You DON'T have to pay for this to play online. In fact, the current structure of PSN will remain free. This is a PREMIUM service which people will decide FOR THEMSELVES whether it is worth the expenditure or not. If Sony offers a free PSN game monthly, whether it be a mini or full priced, it will MORE than pay for the service! It's called value. Each of us are old enough to decide for ourselves whether this value is worth the price of admission.
Either way, online gaming and the PSN in it's current form will remain free...It's a win/win for PS3 for MORE...get what you have for free! What's the real issue here!?!?

playnation2868d ago

"PSN in it's current state IS NOT on par with XBL."

... keep telling that to urself =)

KingME2867d ago

Spin it however you want, fanboy or no fanboy oohwii has a valid point to some extent, a point that you didn't even try to understand (traits of the fanboy that you claim not to be.)

His point about those that pay for the premium service may as well be paying to play has some validity. You're getting the premium service just as you do with XBL, and you are getting to play online for that price just like XBL. Just as you can opt to not buy the premium service an xbox user can op not to pay for xbl live.

You get to play online on PSN for free, XBL includes playing online as part of their premium service. Whatever Sony is adding to their premium service is what you'll be paying for and no one is knocking you for that.

Perhaps the xbox owner that doesn't pay for gold is fine with not playing online. If he decides that he wants to play online and pays for XBL gold, he's not just getting online gaming, he's also getting a lot of other features that XBL gold provides. Just like you chose to get the PSN premium service for whatever reason, he chose to pay for XBL for his reasons, yet you hate on him for his reasons, but expect him to him to accept your reasoning (see the problem here)as if somehow your reasons or more valid (only in your mind).

Before Sony said they may have a pay service almost all PS3 only owners proclaimed that they would NEVER pay for an online gaming "SERVICE" now some of you are starting for fudge the line a bit.

I'm just call it the way I see it. I think that anything that a person feels is worth their money they should be able to buy without having to hear a bunch of fanboys trying to downplay their purchase which is exactly the stupid frame of thought of this IGNORANT console war.

Do what you need to do, if you do it quietly no one has a problem with you, but it you pay for yours and then flame me for paying for mine, then you nothing more that an ignorant hypocrit.

iceman062867d ago (Edited 2867d ago )

Obviously, in your haste to label me as a fanboy (check my history...if still available...I am FAR from that) you failed to understand my overriding point. Simply stated...I won't be forced to pay ANYTHING to play online. Simple as that. However, if I choose to partake in the free monthly PSN games, and whatever else Sony deems fair to offer, then I can pay. SPIN!?!? Where? I just highlighted the argument of VALUE. I never said that his argument was totally invalid...I simply think that there is a difference between paying to play online vs. paying for extra features. (Especially saying as though the online arena is becoming so popular and most gamers at least want to try their games online)
As for hating on him...I didn't....wouldn't...f or what? I don't care what console he owns, you own, or anyone else owns. I just want to play what I want to play. Perception isn't always reality, if I came off as hating (which I don't feel that I did) was not the intention.
As I said before, we are all entitled to make our own minds up as to which console, service, etc. makes us happy. At the end of the day, what you decide is totally on you.

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Ju2868d ago

That article said this pretty clearly. It won't "gimp" any of the current services.

This "rumor" says, you'd get e.g. 1 PSN free a month, some premium new services, like streaming audio (while gaming ?) etc. So, basically it's a "premium service".

The free PSN game could already make me consider this. I usually buy more games a year than $50 or so.

WhittO2868d ago

Just read that, I'm actually happy with this, everything they will be charging for makes sense.

I was only angry at them if they excluded services (like cross-game chat), when really it is a feature in the FW, so it would be locking us out of features that are already there - no longer seems to be the case :D

Plus, could that streaming music service be a way to get around the in-game music instead of from the XMB (which could mean it really was patented by MS?).

Steve_02868d ago

its 50 pounds, not dollars. Thats roughly $100. I really doubt that'll cost as much as that, or that anything in this rumor is true. wait for word from Sony, my guess is they'll start to weed out high cost features of the current free psn over time whilst adding new content for the premium. That way they encourage people to upgrade, yet can still advertise free online gaming. Expect things like Qore, Beta access, and perhaps some subscription based content ala free psn games, Home stuff, and maybe movies/music, if they can get the licensing. And maybe better networking features like x game chat. Personally, since I only use PSN for demo's and the rare online game, its a no buy for me atm.

Sm0k3y_Bac0n2868d ago

£50 is around $70. And even so, XBL is £50 in the UK and $50 in America, so Sony will probably do the same kind of thing with PSN Premium.

Marquis_de_Sade2868d ago

The RRP of Live is actually £39.99 in the UK, although many people purchase codes form online sites for between £25 and £30.

caffman2868d ago

its available for £26 if you know where to look, and in the shops its £34

Sm0k3y_Bac0n2868d ago

My bad, haven't had an xbox for ages. Whats the RRP in dollars?

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Fanb0y2868d ago

This PSN subscription service will NOT be making a lot of money if Sony is keeping every feature they currently have free.

BleuStreeks2868d ago

I believe that the potential features that are provided with the premium service is perfect for 50 bucks a year...and I will sooo be paying for that. Even if some of the cheap gamers don't want to pay for it they can still play online for free.

Anarki2868d ago

They will still be making more than what they're making now. Better than nothing. Besides, I bet people would fork out for extra stuff...

WhittO2868d ago

I would pay £50 to be able to download like any 2 PSN games per month for a year, or a subscription to content, guaranteed betas etc.

I am not going to pay for online services that should be free if they don't take up any more resources than what we have (like if they needed extra servers for cross-game chat or something.

Atleast in every "leak" of this Sony has kept online gaming free, which in the end, is ALL that matters haha.

stevenhiggster2868d ago

I agree with you whitto, I'll pay if it's worth it and we get some unique features.

Wrathman2868d ago

id like to think it will be less than £50 per year.xbl is £35 at its most expensive.

siyrobbo2868d ago

no, xbox live is its most expensive if you take the monthly option, £5 per month, makes it £60 per year if you do it that way

Silentmerc3nary2868d ago (Edited 2868d ago )

True, but you're [in general] an idiot if you do it that way.

Steve_02868d ago

But more than £49 yeah?


''thats kinda expensive.''

Agree, but....Did you at least watch the Services and Features for Premium? Those are awesome features and services.

sikbeta2868d ago

So, you can Choose to Pay and have more Options and Features or Just Playing on-line, Great Idea IMO, as long as Playing on-line is Free, Hope Sony Charge For Cross Game Chat and see IF kids keep complaining

DarkSpawnClone2868d ago (Edited 2868d ago )

50.00 EUR = 63.8677 CAD
50.00 EUR = 61.6494 USD

thats on the pricey side i better be getting a lot for this if i do get it,but i was hoping for it to be 20-40$,hmm well I'm sure we will learn more at E3.At least we wont have to pay play and the features we have now will stay free.

morganfell2868d ago

It seems coolcut didn't read the article, not even the summary posted above.

gapecanpie2868d ago (Edited 2868d ago )

Looks like I may have to end up selling my ps3 after all and end up getting a 360, I mean if I have to pay for a service that give you all the perks, then I might as well pay for the best online service which is Live.


Become a PC gamer

vhero2867d ago

I would pay it because of the games you basically getting it for for free. You wouldn't see MS giving games away with GOLD now would you each month?

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THC CELL2868d ago

psn is worth paying for
unlike peer to peer xbox

and the free option is still there

BeaArthur2868d ago (Edited 2868d ago )

hahah, clearly you don't play on Xbox Live. I own both and I can tell you if I was only able to have one I would rather pay for Live. I do like that the PSN is free but at the same time, it doesn't do anything I would be willing to pay for. I haven't even heard the voice of half of the people on my PSN friends list. If they want me to pay for some premium service they better have some damn good features.

YourFlyness2868d ago

Yea A few months ago details of the proposed features of the Premium PSN were shown. Besides the current PSN service will stay free.

HighDefinition2868d ago (Edited 2868d ago )

I own a 360 and I don`t pay for XBL for the simple reason, I don`t use my 360 that much. Which is why paying for online is stupid, some people only like to play online on a specific system so often (like myself). With the PSN premium service I can bet you`ll still be able to play games w/ your friends for FREE and EXTRA features will cost money for more HARDCORE players. Which if your gonna charge for a service is how it should be, since we already pay monthly for internet.


PS3-Free w/ Mods
PC- Free w/ Mods
360- $59 w/o Mods
Wii- LOL

Something look out of place about that, seriously.

BeaArthur2868d ago

Although I would rather not pay to play it's really not as big of a deal as people make it out to be. It costs $50 a year which breaks down to about $4.16 a month. That's nothing, I don't mind paying for that. I like the features it offers and I think Live is designed to be more ingrained into everything you do with the 360. I rarely even sign into the PSN unless I'm updating my trophy card or actually going to play something online.

Steve_02868d ago (Edited 2868d ago )

I agree, $50 a year isn't much to ask, but the standard here should really be free online gaming, and then maybe payment for additional features. remember, $50 a year equals $300 over six years, a rough guess at the average lifespan of a console. You'll have then payed for your box twice. Or, to put it in perspective, I may only be able to afford 5 full games a year on the 360 compared to 6 full games on the ps3. It all adds up, and the quality of Live really isn't high enough to charge a premium for online gaming (forgetting about any other features like voice chat) - P2P over dedicated servers (not that every PS3 game has servers, or good ones for that matter, they dont).
Live came in handy for me as I was able to argue with my ISP about their port blocking, as they advertised online gaming. with free PSN this would have been much more difficult to do.

EDIT: Dang these 3 bubbles! nice one thief (2.2), bubbles up!

taylork372868d ago

The fact is, $4.16 a month is not a lot and despite how evil you think MS is, they haven't increased the price ONCE in the 7 years that XBL has been around. You all expect MS to make XBL free, but to think they would drop the price when it would be more realistic to increase the price is pretty crazy. I say that is more realistic to increase the price because the original $50 fee covered a very basic XBL service.

thematrix12982868d ago

As long as you have consumers that are blindly giving out to go online to play, XBL will live. Don't tell me you like to chat with your buddies while playing different games? If this is the argument you have for XBL vs PSN then so be it, keep paying M$. $50 is alot for some students, young teenagers. It means a free phone bill, internet bill or even a nice game. The real point is you are wasting $50 for a service which should be already included. Sony is doing a fair game with their premium service. You don't have to buy premium to play online. I will NEVER pay any game console money to 'just play online'.

gtamike1232868d ago

lots of ads in Xbox Live to :P

DigitalRaptor2868d ago (Edited 2868d ago )

That's kinda how i feel too. The actual ability to play games online should always be free, but additional features which are an extension should get pricing.

I'm not a huge online player, but I like to hop on the PSN every so often and have fun.

You can't do that with the Xbox 360 without handing Microsoft your money. So $50 is too much, when you consider that for a lot of people, all you are paying for is essentially playing online.

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thief2868d ago

Bearthur is right - the PSN has to seriously up its game to compete with Live.
This is my wish list for PSN:
1) Replace all dedicated servers with superior P2P versions
2) I cant believe, in this day and age, The PS3 still relies on wifi. I would expect the premium version to be incompatible with the inbuilt wifi and rely on an Ethernet cable strung around the house
3) System shutdowns. Every xmas.
4) Credit card accounts for selected customers to be hacked every year
5) Special “commentary” overlaid on online games, which would include options such as racist homophobe or annoying whiny brat.
6) Cross game chat - How can I expect my teammates in MAG or KZ2 to do their job unless I know they are talking to a friend playing God of War?

Maybe, just maybe, with all these features PSN would begin to match Live

Ju2868d ago

I'm sure your comment won't survive too long, but I loled.

Redlogic2868d ago

I almost fell for that one Thief...I read replace dedicated servers with P2P and almost crapped my pants in anger...nice going!

taylork372868d ago (Edited 2868d ago )

1. Not all servers are P2P, and it is up to the developer (like DICE for BF:BC2) to make that decision, not XBL.

2.We all know that the wifi adapter for the XBL isn't free and isn't included, but that doesn't make PSN any better. That may make you more likely to buy a PS3.

3. My XBL did not shut down this Xmas, and lets not overlook the amount of time that PSN shutdown, not only making online play unavailable, but also offline play for games like HEavy Rain unavailable. IT kinda sucked the 2nd day I had the game to not be able to play it. You can also include the constant PS3 system updates if you want as well.

4. It's like saying Mac is better because it has better security, when the fact is people are a lot less interested in hacking into peoples' personal Mac when the big companies, worth hacking into, are all using Windows

5. No one is racist or homophobic on PSN right? If people bothered to turn on their microphones I'm sure you wouldn't find anyone like that.

6.So because you don't have crossgame chat that must mean it is worthless to every other gamer.

Your little list is full of fanboy bias, and when the majority of online users would rather pay for online, I think that makes your little list irrelevant. Especially when the economy is as bad as it is today.

UnSelf2868d ago

"when the majority of online users would rather pay for online....when the economy is as bad as it is today."


Dark_king2868d ago

PSN has never had 1 day it was down.Now all the ps3 were down for 24 hours but that had nothing to do with the PSN.However Live has went out for a week and has had several crashes. And I don't want cross game chat when I play MAG I need them focused on the game,not to mention the proxy chat would give us away when trying to sneak.

thief2868d ago (Edited 2868d ago )

You know, after maybe 2 years of online gaming on PSN, I truly havent found a single example of someone making racist or homophobic comments or being nasty. The few kids I have met are really nice and polite, you actually enjoy being a bit of a mentor to them, there was just ONE occasion where I met an obnoxious kid on Uncharted 2 multiplayer who kept swearing. Hardly anyone screams at you, except in MAG where if Valor loses very quickly sometimes the odd guy goes ballistic at the rest of us for being so poor.
Maybe I am just lucky.

Millah2868d ago

We have a winrar, thief.

Sarcasm2868d ago

Agreed, the PSN needs all those features.

Don't forget they need to do away with that Silly "Real Money" thing and finally get a superior system where $1.00 is actually 1787 Sony Points to stop the confusion.

And if we're lucky, PSN will finally get some ads that everyone wants to see from McDonalds, Taco Bell, and Mountain Dew.

MAiKU2868d ago

"I cant believe, in this day and age, The PS3 still relies on wifi. I would expect the premium version to be incompatible with the inbuilt wifi and rely on an Ethernet cable strung around the house"

You... do realize that the PS3 can use Ethernet cables right? It doesn't just rely on wifi.

ofx3602867d ago (Edited 2867d ago )

That was funny, but you do realize you aren't the only person on PSN right? Not everyone sits around and plays MAG hoping to there mothers that their teammates doesn't have a social life. Some of us like playing single player games such as GoW3, Fallout3, Bioshock2, etc, and chat with friends.

And this myth of no immature kids on PSN....stop it. Thats ridiculous. People don't just migrate to xbl to talk sh*t. It just happens that xbl has a more robust community of online gamers. Thats why you hear more rude chatter. Try playing a popular game on PSN like MW2, then try to tell me theres no immature people on PSN.

PSN has infact gone down and suffers from frequent check ups, which means the shut down all of PSN for a couple of hours. On top of that, PSN have updates for games and the xmb that can take upwards of an hour.

And to squash your misconception that PSN always has dedicated servers, play something like Uncharted2, thats P2P. And to squash your misconception that MS doesn't ever have dedicated servers, play BF:BC2.

The more you know!(~*Rainbow*~)

THC CELL2867d ago

pro gamers don't need mic's

ive played with people who don't have mics and are very very good at call of duty and MAG

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maxcer2868d ago

lol omg here we go with the double standard ps3 fanboys. the only reason why you wouldn't pay for xbl is because you hate MS or the xbox, maybe both. I bet you would buy shit on a stick if it said SONY on it too.

Venatus-Deus2868d ago

it would be the best shit on a stick that money could buy...


Xbox is the shit on the stick. Oh yeah you're right I won't play live because I do hate Microsoft, xbox, and the way they do business. But I do get a kick out scrolling through all the pages of 360s on craigslist and then lowballing them and then changing my mind after they say yes.

Sarobi2868d ago

Microsoft took a shit on a brick, slapped a blinking red circle and put subscription fees on it and tons of people bought it!, so no harm done to the people who bought Sony's Shit on a stick


ZombieNinjaPanda2868d ago


one is paying for online games, the other is paying for extra features.

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sid4gamerfreak2868d ago

yet pc multiplayer is FREE

but yea, i would rather pay for psn than xbox live

dangert122868d ago

so is multiplayer on ps3 they said the wont charge for that
and personaly i prefer how intouch the 360 community is with each over over the pc

Jazz41082867d ago

I still feel microsofts online service is in a league of its own but we will see about this it could be good.

Ocelot5252868d ago

enjoy your free world of warcraft

ALFAxD_CENTAURO2868d ago (Edited 2868d ago )

PC Wins. Multiplayer and more advanced features.

But PSN Premium is worth it more than XBL according with the list of Features and services. And if you don't want to pay, no problem, PSN for free also.

Harry1902868d ago

or rumour?