Rumor: Premium PSN to be Revealed at E3


Pre-E3 rumors have surfaced regarding Sony’s push for a Premium PSN service. According to a “highly-placed source”, Sony will reveal what they have in store regarding “a large-scale monetizing scheme for PSN”at E3. Before anyone gets excited, Sony reiterates that their plans for the Premium service WILL NOT affect the existing free service currently available.

The following information is according to VG247:

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

Sony will confirm plans to give all subscribers one free PSN game per month, from a choice of “two to four” every month.“If you work it out, PSN games cost an average of £6-9 each, so over a year you’re basically going to be breaking even,” said our source.

A streaming music application similar to Spotify will be announced in Sony’s press conference on June 15. It’s thought that this can run in the background while playing games.

Rumours that cross-game voice chat is being saved as a paid feature are apparently not true, we were told. “I can tell you now, 100 percent, that that’s not the case,” our man continued.

“There’s nothing in the premium package which will gimp regular PSN users.”

This information should be taken with a grain of salt until confirmation from Sony. Sony’s E3 2010 press conference will begin at 11:30AM PT Tuesday, June 15, less than a month from now.


Written by: Sakinah - Contributing Editor


  1. #1 by Sinlock on May 17th, 2010 [ 7625 Points ]

    We’ll see what happens, but it looks like something I’d likely pay for once there are more details.

  2. #2 by lordincubus on May 17th, 2010 [ 185 Points ]

    Honestly this is cool. Instead of a free game everymonth they should give out one free movie rental everymonth. That way they are not really giving away free property and filling their PS3 Hard drives. Unless this is a large scale plan to have more full Hard drives in order to sell more

  3. #3 by EdEN on May 17th, 2010 [ 139666 Points ]

    The problem I would have with that is, what if the “free” games for the month are something you’ve already purchased? Do you get to pick an extra “free” game the month after?

    Rumor as it is, I prefer the $69.99 a year model that would let us play all minis and PSX games as well as get discounts on PSN purchases.

  4. #4 by mcloki on May 17th, 2010

    It’s VG247 so take it with a grain of salt. There ps3 bashers and have been for a while.
    Upgrding your ps3′s hard drive is not that hard and doesn’t have to be done through Sony. Just buy the appropriate drive and install. There are a ton of YouTube videos and internet tutorials. MS forces you to buy an expensive HD form them and the prices are ridiculous. But that’s because they are made from Unicorn Horn and Unobtanium. Oh MS you’ve made a living changing crap into Gold.

  5. #5 by mrup2nogud on May 17th, 2010 [ 175 Points ]

    im not fussed about paying and not fussed about free stuff i would prefer a slice of the fee going towards creating a smoother lag free experience i dont get major lag but when i do get it its always at the worst time i dont know if psn can help with this or if the servers are run by outside companys

  6. #6 by SicSemperTyranis on May 17th, 2010 [ 6405 Points ]

    I’ll be willing to bet that anyone who subscribes to the premium service will get a subscription to Qore as one of the perks.

  7. #7 by Eddie on May 18th, 2010 [ 44542 Points ]

    I’m all about this. Give me cloud game saves, free Qore and some discounts and I’m good.

  8. #8 by Demerson on May 18th, 2010 [ 2814 Points ]

    @Eddie @SicSemperTyranis I’ll be happy if there’s a slightly chance of us paying for PS2 BC…

  9. #9 by Trieloth on May 18th, 2010 [ 3426 Points ]

    Free game…most of the time its a free game I already have. Rumors are cool but I needs to know that facts before I say I would pay for them.

  10. #10 by EdEN on May 18th, 2010 [ 139666 Points ]

    @Demerson: Yeah, software based BC for $29.99 would be a great way to sell my PS2 and recover that cost and play all my PS family games on one console.

    My Premium PSN choice would be the one priced at $69.99, if I recall, on the poll from a couple of months ago that let you play all PS1 and minis games, get discounts on PSN and other stuff I don’t care enough about to remember. With PS1 games at $5.99-7.99 you could play 10 games and break even and anything over that would be you saving a lot of $$$, specially with minis being, well, mini, and not taking too long to complete. Still, one would think they would restrict it to 3-4 games a month (PS1 and minis) or something like that.

  11. #11 by Eddie on May 19th, 2010 [ 44542 Points ]

    I had a BC PS3 up until 2 months ago when it died. I can count on 2 hands how many PS2 games I actually played on it. I can’t keep up with the new games much less go back and play old ones. Not that I have that much interest.

    Give me PS2 on a portable and then we will talk.


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