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288w ago - Update: VG247.com has confirmed that Kaz Hirai stated the current PSN service will remain free, and subscriptions are only for "premium content and services."

Sony has revealed during their Media/Investor Conference that the PlayStation Network will be getting a new paid subscription service in 2010 alongside non-game content likely to include applications and videos.

According to their Slide Presentation [PDF] a "new revenue stream from subscription" will be generated.

Although few other details exist at this time, the way it is worded sounds like it could possibly be a subscription similar to XBox live on its way to PSN.

To quote: "It is unclear what the new revenue stream subscription might be. Could it be similar to Qore, an optional service, or something more akin to Xbox Live Gold, which is a premium service required to play games online for the Xbox 360?"

PSN to Get New Revenue From Paid Subscription Service in 2010

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#12 - Chivafighter - 288w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by Chris9092 View Post


And you realize that Sony makes the PS3... so saying you love the PS3 but hate Sony is possibly the most hypocritical thing I've heard in a long time.

You know it is very much possible to Hate Sony but love the Ps3. People may love The United States for what it represents but could hate the government. I have no problem with sony, im not sure why people do have problems with it. (Example)-The PS3 is made by sony but different companies makes games for it, some games not on other consoles. So you can love it for the games but hate it because sony won't allow piracy on it.

#11 - Chris9092 - 288w ago
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[QUOTE=everglow21;276211]Pretty much true, most people I know moved to PS3 from Xbox since online play was free.. removing FREE online play is like going to a safe haven which is not safe at all.

Good Parable?

#10 - everglow21 - 288w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by ade64 View Post
A bad move if you have to pay to play online, i know quiet a few people who bought one just because online was free.

plus a few peeps with banned xboxs have bought one to play online, they figure that since they have to buy a new console why not buy a ps3 since it allows you to play bluray and has free online stuff.

Pretty much true, most people I know moved to PS3 from Xbox since online play was free.. removing FREE online play is like going to a safe haven which is not safe at all.

Good Parable?

#9 - tilla - 288w ago
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As was updated above, Sony has already confirmed that they will not be charging for online play, so at least that is safe.

#8 - unreal291 - 288w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by Tristan Young View Post

Sony's "performance" in the customer-service department is piss-poor. Why would I help prop up this flimsy company by subscribing for a fee?

You never know this could hopefully improve Sony's customer support.

Quote Originally Posted by ade64 View Post
A bad move if you have to pay to play online, i know quiet a few people who bought one just because online was free.

I agree this would be a bad move if they made you pay to play online, imo it's one of the best features they offer which helped me switch over from the 360.

#7 - ade64 - 288w ago
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A bad move if you have to pay to play online, i know quiet a few people who bought one just because online was free.

plus a few peeps with banned xboxs have bought one to play online, they figure that since they have to buy a new console why not buy a ps3 since it allows you to play bluray and has free online stuff.

#6 - adrianc1982 - 288w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by Caveman007 View Post
I hope its for the unlimited game downloading for a certain fee. Because if they start charging people to play online alot of people are going to be very mad and start turning away from the playstation. Which would be stupid for sony at this time seeing how they are doing very well and are releasing tons of content. It would suck if they lost all the people they gained. Because once they do they wont get them back.


I too would gladly pay for an unlimited game downloading or renting games from the psn store while your suscription is active.

#5 - Caveman007 - 288w ago
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I hope its for the unlimited game downloading for a certain fee. Because if they start charging people to play online alot of people are going to be very mad and start turning away from the playstation. Which would be stupid for sony at this time seeing how they are doing very well and are releasing tons of content. It would suck if they lost all the people they gained. Because once they do they wont get them back.

#4 - semitope - 288w ago
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Fine with me as long as it doesnt affect when i get demos, whether i get into betas, whether I can play online and whether cross game chat works. They can put in pay-per-view etc etc if they want as long as the core isnt affected.

#3 - Tristan Young - 288w ago
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No thank you Sony.

Why would I want to pay for a subscription?

All I want to do (with my PS3) is play video games and watch blu-ray movies.

Sony's "performance" in the customer-service department is piss-poor. Why would I help prop up this flimsy company by subscribing for a fee?

Premium content has never been interesting to me.

I already pay too much for video games.

Tell you what Sony, when it comes to my PS3, or my other interests, the PS3 has the lowest priority. I can do without premium content, and at a certain point, I can do without you or the PS3. It would suck, but you suck more.

I love my PS3 - I hate Sony.