Rumor: Premium PSN to be Revealed at E3
Pre-E3 rumors have surfaced regarding Sony’s push for a Premium PSN service. According to aÂ “highly-placed source”, SonyÂ will revealÂ what they have in storeÂ regarding “a large-scale monetizing scheme for PSN”at E3.Â 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 â€œless than Â£50 per yearâ€.
Sony will confirm plans to give all subscribers one free PSN game per month, from a choice of â€œtwo to fourâ€ every month.â€œIf you work it out, PSN games cost an average of Â£6-9 each, so over a year youâ€™re basically going to be breaking even,â€ said our source.
A streaming music application similar to Spotify will be announced in Sonyâ€™s press conference on June 15. Itâ€™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. â€œI can tell you now, 100 percent, that thatâ€™s not the case,â€ our man continued.
â€œThereâ€™s nothing in the premium package which will gimp regular PSN users.â€
This information should be taken with a grain of salt until confirmation from Sony. Sony’s E3 2010 press conference will begin atÂ 11:30AM PT Tuesday, June 15, less than a month from now.