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Report: Sony Launching $70 PSN Premium at E3

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Sony is said to be launching a new premium version of the PlayStation Network at E3 this year.

Sony may not be launching a new iteration of its handheld PSP console this year at E3 but that doesn’t mean the company won't have a big reveal for the annual games convention. VG247 cites sources that say Sony will introduce us to a new version of PSN next month. While the current PSN costs nothing to use and will remain free, the new premium PSN will cost under $70 per year.

VG247's 'highly placed source' says this premium service will also include one game a month for free, with users choosing from between two and four titles.

"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," the source is quoted as saying.

The source went on to say that though the premium service would offer lots of extras, it wouldn't mean fewer features for those with the regular, old free version. When asked about the possibility that cross-game voice chat was being saved as a paid feature, the source said this was absolutely not the case.

"I can tell you now, 100 percent, that that’s not the case. There’s nothing in the premium package which will gimp regular PSN users."

Would you pay up to $70 per year for a premium version of PSN? Let us know in the comments below!

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    JonathanDeane , May 20, 2010 12:40 AM
    It comes with some free games I guess so. I would wait a couple of months to see what kind of free games though. If its just Pacman or Qbert for free then I would say no.
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    wintermint , May 20, 2010 12:40 AM
    How about lowering it a bit in order to stay competitive with XBOX Live?
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    JonathanDeane , May 20, 2010 12:40 AM
    It comes with some free games I guess so. I would wait a couple of months to see what kind of free games though. If its just Pacman or Qbert for free then I would say no.
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    wintermint , May 20, 2010 12:40 AM
    How about lowering it a bit in order to stay competitive with XBOX Live?
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    flea420 , May 20, 2010 12:40 AM
    lol
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    borisof007 , May 20, 2010 12:42 AM
    wintermintHow about lowering it a bit in order to stay competitive with XBOX Live?


    ^^ lol
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    armitageid , May 20, 2010 12:42 AM
    Maybe, but will need to know more about it. Where are some details! hopefully coming soon!
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    idisarmu , May 20, 2010 12:50 AM
    They should sell vouchers/cards in stores just like the XBL points. $5 gets you one month, $25 gets you 6 months, and $40 gets you 12 months.

    That would encourage people to buy the cards in bulk.
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    Anonymous , May 20, 2010 12:51 AM
    keczapifrytkiI would, just because you are basically "breaking even" at the end of the year with the free games. Keep in mind that they might be crap, but still free.


    This, I think 2 out of 4 games released on PSN are fairly good though, so if they offer a good selection I think it wouldn't be too bad. And if it takes up the services offered to a new level, it might make the ps3 at least play on a level close to Xbox Live, although that all depends on how they present themselves. Still competition is always good, so lets hope for the best! And if nothing else this gives more exposure to those downloadable games, and some of them really could use the attention.
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    nforce4max , May 20, 2010 12:54 AM
    $70 isn't all that much now days and for a once a year fee that isn't to bad. I like the free game idea which might pay it's self off depending on the title. I have spent more on ice cream.
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    Strider-Hiryu_79 , May 20, 2010 1:16 AM
    I have all 3 consoles minus a modern pc that can run today's games(waiting for diablo III and starcraft 2 to come out before I play catch up and build a new rig). 2 are collecting dust and the ps3 is what I'm currently using religiously. When not at work I hop onto psn to play super street fighter iv online with my real life friends over psn.

    And for all the hating amongst the platforms, there are games that are better tailored to certain platforms than others.

    Would I pay 70$ for extra "premium" content on top of the default benefits I already get with my free PSN account? No

    I'm betting those "free" games a month that Sony is offering are titles that no one would download or are "clearance" titles.

    I'm a use the example of the game worms. Sure it was popular to some. It's personally not my type of game but it's no high end game blockbuster-title either. Games like those I'm betting will be the "free" games that sony will offer. Not high end games(i hope for psn user's sake that I'm proven wrong).

    I'm hoping that the free downloadable games are of quality fun titles such as shatter(btw shatter is coming to PC as well i think or already has)which was a nice take on arkanoid-type games with a modern update and control scheme twist and excellent soundtrack by the way.

    But yah until Sony offers improved mic support(on par with xbox live) on psn AND until Sony makes online play not-free(god forbid) I'll be sticking to my low-tier free psn account.
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    liquidsnake718 , May 20, 2010 1:17 AM
    not for shovelware but its interesting to see Sony take Xbox on one step at a time in terms of online content
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    jsm6746 , May 20, 2010 1:17 AM
    typically, charging a premium for hardcore users in order to offset the costs for everyone else is a fairly decent model... some added revenue 'should' help them improve the service... the fact that there is a free option will also prove attractive to most... even for those who choose to pay the $6 a month, the fact that it was their choice and was not forced upon them makes it more of a personal and prestigious upgrade to the network...
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    Cons29 , May 20, 2010 1:23 AM
    its hard not knowing what games will be offered. maybe at the start of the year they can release a list of games that will be offered, so that we will at least have an idea. or maybe offer the first 3 months for free, so we can see(experience) what we will be getting for $70
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    Strider-Hiryu_79 , May 20, 2010 1:28 AM
    Cons29its hard not knowing what games will be offered. maybe at the start of the year they can release a list of games that will be offered, so that we will at least have an idea. or maybe offer the first 3 months for free, so we can see(experience) what we will be getting for $70


    Or throw in exclusive beta keys(at least early beta keys for the premium members and then trickle those beta keys down to low tier accounts after x amount of days) or something like that.

    They did the same with Qore which is PSN's online downloadable magazine that comes out once a month with which you could either buy 1 issue for a one-time fee or pay a subscription fee to get an issue each month.

    Hrm...I wonder if this 70$ account will include Qore.

    Guess we'll all have to wait till E3 to find out more about their new account tier.
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    j51 , May 20, 2010 1:41 AM
    Since I have complained the price on Xbox live... I will use the same standard on PSN premium. That means... I will not like it and it is definitely closer the distant between PSN and Xbox live.

    However, as long as PSN will still keep the regular account free and all disk base games will never require PSN premium to play online... I will not scream at Sony for doing so.

    If Sony really are going to push PSN premium, it'd better be at least as good as what Xbox live Gold have to offer.
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    jetbruceli , May 20, 2010 1:44 AM
    Oh I am gonna pay it, I mean of course if it makes PSN faster. Besides I am sure there will be other exclusives too!
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    Anonymous , May 20, 2010 2:22 AM
    Sony's awsome! Keeping the free stuff is a good idea, it's a selling point I thought about when I bought one. Premium in a couple years will
    be better then xbox. By then nintendo will get into it good. Soon xbox will be like sega. A playstation will be on top dog, nintendo for the kids and oldies 97 all over again minus the old farts and the dreamcast Rest in peace SEGA tv I mean Xbox live.
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    tayb , May 20, 2010 2:33 AM
    I'd pay $70 for the PSN if it didn't suck like the free version does. I would gladly, and I mean gladly, pay $50 a year to have Xbox Live for PS3. PSN is absolutely god awful.
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    Anonymous , May 20, 2010 2:51 AM
    im glad its not being forced down our throats, and their not "gimping" us
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    Simple11 , May 20, 2010 2:53 AM
    I have 0 problem with the free PSN. No lag or anything, but anyhow depending on what the premium offers, I might pay once to give it a try but until then, I am sticking with my free PSN.
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    matt87_50 , May 20, 2010 3:11 AM
    oh yay, why would I want a brand new PSP that brings the hand held into this decade to spend money on, when I can spend money on some random subscription service that will force games on me...
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