While I’ve seen a lot of hate towards the idea of paying for PSN, but after seeing what the new Premium service might add, I see it as a very amazing deal if it becomes available. ( http://kotaku.com/5429592/survey-sony-considering-premium-playstation-network-subscriptions ) Free PSOne classics, free minis, free themes, extended 3 years warranty on my console, and ect. What’s no to like, even if it would cost 70 dollars?
PSOne Classics- PSN has PS1 games such as, Final Fantasy 7 & 8, Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, Castlevania: SotN, Crash Bandicoot 1-3, Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, Metal Gear Solid, Oddworld 1-2, Resident Evil 1-3, Spyro 1-3, and many more. There are a total of 83 PS1 games available on the US PSN store right now, that’s a total of over 500 dollars worth of PS1 games. That alone is worth the 70 dollars.
PS Themes- There’s about 250 themes you have to pay for on PSN, over a 350 dollar value.
PS Minis- There’s already 25 Minis available on PSN as of now, totaling over the 70 dollars you would pay, again another great deal.
3 Year Extended Warranty- I’m not sure how much it would cost you to get a three year warranty, but its defiantly a plus, even if the PS3 has a way better failure rate than the 360.
Access to Betas- While people do get into betas now, if this gave us access to all betas without having to sign-up or anything and maybe even lead to more betas, it’s something that could be grand.
Cross Game Chat- While I’m sure every PS3 owner would like this free, Microsoft also makes you pay for it, so it’s not really anything you lose, at least you can play online for free, unlike the 360.
Full Title Trial (First Hour Free)- This would probably be like renting a game from like blockbuster, but you get the first hour free, so if you don’t like it within that hour, you don’t have to pay anything, which would give us a good feel on the game anyways.
Discount on Store Content- While this could range from PSN games to DLC, even at only 10% off or so, it would defiantly be a deal, especially if you buy a lot of games and DLC.
Member Only In Game Content- While this could give us an exclusive gun or free DLC, a lot of people fear it would ruin free content and leave them missing out on awesome content, it could be so or not, but ether way it would be a bonus for members.
Cloud Storage Space for Games- We've heard of this cloud thing for a while, but wasn't sure what it was. This indeed would be something I would love, because I always find myself deleting content so I have room for other content.
Those are just a few of the things the PSN Premium service could offer, which would put it above and beyond XBLs service. While Sony might lose some costumers along the way, I think a lot of people would find this an amazing offer and find some way of paying the 70 bucks a year, if not, at least you could still play online for free( Which is something 360 owners can’t even do).
I for one hope this becomes available, because if it does, sign me up.
Reader Questions- Would you pay 70 bucks a year for all that? (If so, whats the top reason you would? If not, whats the reason for not paying?) What else should Sony add to this to sweeten the deal even more? What are some of the things that shouldn't be on the Premium service?
(Heres a good idea from pushsquare.com, that would help sony get more people to pay: http://www.pushsquare.com/9471/playstation-network-premium-could-be-amazing-if-twiggy-the-pushsquare-opinionator/ )