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261w ago - Today JoyStiq (linked above) reports that Sony is planning to officially reveal the rumored Premium PSN+ service at E3 2010 for $9.99 a month, which VG247 hinted at last week.

According to SCEE President Andrew House, this information appears to be accurate based on his recent response, to quote:

"I can assure you that the current PSN as you know it will remain a free service. It is something that our competitors don't offer and something that shows our loyalty to the PlayStation Community.

However, Kaz Hirai stated a few months ago that we were looking at a premium service to sit alongside the current free service and that objective has not changed. You'll learn more about it very soon."

From JoyStiq, to quote: "Joystiq has been informed that PSN+ subscribers will also have the ability to enable an auto-patching feature, which will detect, download and install updates for recently played PS3 titles on the system.

As PSN+ subscribers, gamers will also receive protection for their consoles with the recently announced PlayStation Protection Plan, as well as exclusive access to the long-awaited cross-game voice chat. Additional features are said to be in the works following the launch of PSN+, including the previously rumored cloud-based saving system.

Pricing and a release for the PSN+ service is unknown, though one source speculates PSN+ may cost $9.99 per month. When contacted, a Sony representative said the company does not "comment on rumors or speculation."

Sony to Reveal Premium PSN+ Service at E3 for $9.99 a Month

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#32 - b0mber21 - 260w ago
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$10 a month for 3 or 2 features? I can imagine that Sony will sometime turn into XBL... I was also thinking, that $120 is more than what live actually is right now? They should surely add at least 5 features or more for the PSN+ service.

#31 - vwkid - 260w ago
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I'm somewhat interested in finding out what they're going to offer, but at the same time I doubt I would pay that price for anything gaming related. The Live system is basically why I chose the console that I have. It's not like I can't afford it.. I'm just a cheapass I guess, two years on ps3 and I have yet to buy anything from the PS store.

#30 - livpool - 260w ago
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remember guys, we don't know everything thats in the premium subscription. only some things, and these are just speculated so far. it could be well worth the $10

#29 - laggmaster - 260w ago
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10 dollars a month may not be bad for the premium gaming service, usualy sony is pretty good at sweetening the deal (look at Qore they are constantly giving away psn games/early demos/ beta keys)...

Quote Originally Posted by Gunner54 View Post
$10 is pretty high considering the low amount of *things* you get.

After reading through this thread ive heard this sentiment a lot but you got to remember "IF" Sony is going to announce a "premium" content service at E3 why would they leak all of the details and get rid of the shock and awe... i guess my point is all that we hear on this subject is speculation for the moment...

Now "IF" sony dose announce this "Premium Service" then i hope that it will come with a nice feature like inproved cross game clan support/the ability to host private clan servers for current games... (i've played CS for too long im useto playing on private servers with friends and clans)

#28 - Gunner54 - 260w ago
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Instead of Sky (because MS now have a contract with them) they should try... Virgin Media?

$10 is pretty high considering the low amount of *things* you get.

#27 - Fletcher - 260w ago
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$10 a month.. they could atleast offer some better services, like more friends on friends list etc also they should bring back different OS's. They could also make a deal with SKY tv like xbox have, I think that would be good and would actuallly make people want to pay this price.

#26 - livpool - 261w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by skotosa View Post
Dude what a bunch of total BS!!! They are going to make me pay for a cloud service and a cross game chat. Stuff like that and more are free on Steam.

And bandwidth is bandwidth whether its being used via a PC or PS3. If steam can give us this and more for free then so can you Sony.... I'm not paying for a service that isn't even going to cost you anything. Its like charging me a month for air, screw that.

...then don't.. it's OPTIONAL, just be grateful you dont have to pay for everything *cough* Xbox Live *cough*

and its not free to host servers, pay for more people, more maintenance work etc.

#25 - skotosa - 261w ago
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Dude what a bunch of total BS!!! They are going to make me pay for a cloud service and a cross game chat. Stuff like that and more are free on Steam.

And bandwidth is bandwidth whether its being used via a PC or PS3. If steam can give us this and more for free then so can you Sony.... I'm not paying for a service that isn't even going to cost you anything. Its like charging me a month for air, screw that.

#24 - Okiri - 261w ago
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As long as I don't have to pay to play, i really don't care..

#23 - LIL935 - 261w ago
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Yes it is a good idea because this is optional, but not required and those who do not like to buy a movie etc for sony that will not add to their profits.