Play-mag says: "The rumours of a pay version of PSN have popped up again, saying Sony will make an announcement at E3. But is a premium online service even necessary for PS3?"
If PS3 users (like myself) ever want a system to match Xbox Live in terms of features then yes, we do need it. The free online is one of the biggest selling points of the PS3 so as long as Sony keep that basic feature for free then you won't see people complaining.
Yes we need it as OPTION, lets not forget that many prefer PSN because its free. Changing that completely would be HUGE mistake. So keep free as it current is and offer extra payed service with exclusive features. Fair and square.
Optional premium makes the most sense.
Need? No. Want? Yes, as long as it's worth the price.
Actually there isn't a single feature on Live that I care about, let alone be willing paying to for. And yes that includes cross game chat. The only feature I can think of that I would want to pay for would be network game saves. That way I can use any of my PS3s, or even someone elses PS3, and just pick up where I left off.
I own a PS3 and an XBOX and am a Gold member. I recently got my XBOX and I am suprised at how much more seemless and effortless online gaming is on Live. Sony needs to charge for a "gold" type service. Certainly Microsoft hasnt been hurt too much by a paid service.
Well they didn't get my business because of charging for live. I can't imagine I am the only one.
I don't understand people who say it is so much more seamless to use live to play games. I have both and the only difference is the interface. Playing the games is actually the exact same thing. You put a game in, start the game and play mp. Actually the live interface is freaking confusing to me.
I have a paid subcription on PSN. Its called Qore for $25 annually. I really havent gotten that much out of it and think it could be a way better product. Xbox Live Gold is twice as much, roughly $4 bucks a month and after spending about two weeks playing with my friends online I really feel like that its worth the price of admission.
Quite frankly it depends on the features. While I dont plan on paying for anything at this point, I know alot of my friends that pay for Live and are willing to pay for PSN. They'd probably shell out the money no problem.
Concidering the premium PSN is going to be optional and have no effect on the current online content or features, I don't see why people are getting their knickers in a twist. And if you get to download a free PSN game each month, surely it will pay for it's self. Sign me up.
Because people are little whinny jealous bi..es! They know very well that they are not losing their option but i guess they would rather prevent premium service then have it, just because they cant afford it, or expect everything to be free. Well guess what, life doesn't work like that. Have free option is great value but give premium option to those that are willing to pay.
I might pick it up too if they give out a free game every month.
ill pay for everything on ps3 the service is much better than its counter parts
then I'd say no. But, if the premium service really offers something that I would want over the basic service, then I'd be on board with paying. I already pay for Live, and would have no problem paying for premium PSN if it offers things that I want.
Well I don't need a premium PSN. I already have Xbox Live to pay for yearly, if I want to play online on that. I do not see my self putting money in a service that is already free online (which is all i need really) I guess its because having an 360 you'll realise how greatful it is to have free online play and stuff on the PS3.
No But It would be a nice addition to the psn. As long as it offers quality and is worth the price they are asking then I'm for it.
I think when Preminum does come out , the only that will change is Voice chat ! Basic online gaming will be free , so if you want to talk to your friends and fellow gamers you'll have to pay Im sure
One feature to justify payment? Nobody would bother, not even Sony. There is obviously going to be more features embeded that would offer a lot more than what Sony offers at the moment. It's just common sense really.
What I meant to say is voice chat will no longer be free ! But basic gaming will be ! And yes there will be a ton of features that will justifie preminum price ! Cloud storage & game saves , party chat or X Chat and more I'm sure of..... Back to Red Dead Redemtion , it's awesome so far , I'll check Split Second after this "still in the wrapper"
if sony wants to try and take the edge from micro, yes.. but if it ends up anything like home forget it. sony needs a whole new structure. i wanna turn on my ps3 and see whats going on as far as game nights, prizes etc.. its not just about a feature or 2, sony's community is sh!t compared to live. if you cant admit that then you are just one sided..
I am a PS3 user exclusively but several of my friends have X-Box. The online user interface and dashboard for navigating from games to friends to the microsoft store looks great and is user friendly. I wish that the playstations XMB was as pleasing to the eye as that of the x-box's, but custom themes and familararity with the product lend me to actually like the playstation now. Alot can be improved upon especially an easier way to find friends, better customizable avatars (so it is more unique than just picking from a pre-existing list)and cross game chat but that is all something that can and should be fixed with a premium service. As long as it does not cost as much as LIVE then I am ok with it. Live is a little expensive, just to play online.
its not just to play online though. you are paying for all of live from the features we want on the ps3 down to the community live has build up. if sony decided to charge 50 bucks (can find cheaper) for the year as is that would be to much. they have to give me at the least the same experience as live, but i would hope they can do better, then i wouldnt mind dropping 50 bucks a year.. the one feature i think micro needs is dedicated servers for its huge games like gears halo forza etc.. i really dont know why we dont have as many dedicated servers as sony's, thats just crazy cause sony's is for "free". i want to see dedicated servers for gears 3 and reach, too many ppl will be playing those games.
e3 they probably will annoucne premium psn thats fair, but a mandatory premium psn = time to go back to the 90s gaming era of single-player games.
They are testing the water, see how many will buy it. A lot will. Free gaming on the PS3, lets see what happens when the PS4 comes out. My guess you'll see a charge for the whole service, including playing online.
As long as the ability to play online remains free, I will subscribe to the premium service. Basically I would happily subscribe to a premium service just because I don't have to.
i dont think free ps3 is a seller cause real gamerz will pay to play anyway.like people are just gonna stop playn multiplayer cause they have to pay,dont think so. only way id pay for a service on ps3 is if it was netflix to download/watch all movies out in the wild or even streaming,but they need to make sure that peoples broadbands could allow for there streaming service etc. or pay for a music service where you could stream any and all music ever made,that would be cool
It is needed if you ask me. Not for the bs reasons most people think though. After all why should Sony fit the bill to add all these features people want? If you want them you should pay for them. Making these features are not free it cost a lot of money to create them. If you want them you should pay for them it is that simple. They will keep your basics free such as online gaming and that is a selling point for the PS3 and always has been if they change it now they will loose what they have built. If they were to add stuff like voice chat, advanced trophy support, and Qore with other features I am forgetting you would be more than getting your moneys worth in my opinion. Just my 2 cents take it as you will.
If it gives me an extended warranty and its less than 50$ a year then yea or at least get a free game every now and then or something like that i would be nice. But honestly i doubt i'll get it as i mainly play games for co-op or single player so i doubt they would have much to offer me.
giving a choice for free service and the choice to pay for more better features and more content is a winner big time. ms gives you only one choice you dont pay you cant play.
No, but with a premium service PS3 fans can brag to 360 fans that the PS3 is better in basically everyway.
Its optional. Jesus. That is like saying do we need Qore? We don't, but some people want it. If you don't, don't pay and keep enjoying the service that is being offered for free.
We dont NEED it, thats why its optional.
It was just a manner of time before sony gets on the paid subscription bandwagon.why is xbox live making money hand over fist? THE FEATURES!!! and what they have built over the yrs.owning both consoles allows me to compare services.sony sees the revenue stream of XBL and must tap into XBL,s marketshare if they wanna start making money from PSN.
the is the first generation ive seen people dying to pay for everything and totally changing the consumer/ seller dynamic. 1st of the 2 systems are different im sure you understood that during purchase or you would have gotten the other one so why is it that not every has in their head that because it exist somewhere else it is needed here parity isnt necessary these 2 systems can be two different things infact by having the playstation sell more and do more with a non pay system we were sending the message that free was the way to go. but with a bunch of unintelligent people clamoring for these small niceties and craying and declaring thats they would love to pay for them any company would be silly to not charge these fools. yes there is a pay plan on other system no that shouldn’t be the standard nor should it be an option every where. Gauging the success of one system using it and one system not using it sends incredibly clear market systems and eventually you would get all the features anyway. It insanely stupid to volunteer your money in defense of sony or to help sony build a better infrastructure if you feel there are worth with features u let them know they are wanted running around crying about how youll pay for anything set a horrible precedent and shows the companies how weak minded we are. Online should be free and an easy and fun time isn’t a privilege it’s a right or it better be if console manufacturers want us to buy and play their system its so scary that because Microsoft got you paying for online and a supposed easy of yuse that everyone is ok with this steam the best online system so far is free all forms of gaming internet save the dream cast has been free and even that was free at the end. And we see how that went. Does it cost sony to build better online? Hell yes do they care ? probably do you know what they care about more than that nominal fee? You owning the damn system you buying and playing games playstation network has been free cuz they love us and don’t want to charge us but because lower the barrier to entry and more people come and play. So do we need a new for pay network? def not could we still want these features? Sure so I personally care about these features? Nope not at all would I use them? If they are there why not easier is easier but demanding to pay for things you dong have is stupid do I care about paying? Hell yes “oh your stupid sony need the money” and “you get what u pay for”… no you get what u demand your every dollar is a vote use your head and your dollars wisely sheep sadly all you guys’ idiocy affect me thanks asses
youre a retard wanting features is one thing saying its only fair is another completely stupid thing in of its self i dont wanna sit here and explain the fact that you dont owe sony anything nor they u but the big difference here they do not want to lose market share or consumer loyalty. so they will do anything to keep you as a consumer but being a dumb douche and volunteering your self to pay is like saying rape me to a rapist, why wouldnt they youre one of the fools that make it worse for every one. even the option for pay says somethign just like if ms had the option for free it would say something. they dont owe us anything but they need and want us to buy their products understand your power as a consumer and dont just pay to pay or buy for the sake of buyingease of use isnt worth all that much to me especially since most of us dont have the features now and for the few that have an xbox like em i made the conscious desicion not to pay anymore and enjoy the in my opinion on par service of the ps3
this was demanded by the foolish
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