Playstation Plus - Added subscription service

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  • morriss 17 May 2010 13:13:20 70,749 posts
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    http://www.vg247.com/2010/05/17/premium-psn-plans-for-e3-reveal-to-cost-less-than-50-per-year/

    According to a highly-placed source, Sony will announce a large-scale monetizing scheme for PSN at the LA show, but we’re assured nothing planned will impact the service’s current free aspects.

    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.”
  • Flying_Pig 17 May 2010 13:15:57 10,276 posts
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    Free PSN games I probably don't want...? No thanks.

    Not a heavy PSN user anyway, so I can't see ever being willing to pay for it...
  • Whatsfor 17 May 2010 13:16:20 2,189 posts
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    Ill wait to see the exacts before making my mind up. If the free one is truely ungimped as well then it seems fair to everybody.

    Also if you get a couple of free PSN games a month included then it seems nice to get something tangible for your money...
  • catterz 17 May 2010 13:16:25 8,763 posts
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    "According to a highly-placed source... will gimp regular PSN users.”

    Still stalking this place, old-school style (UID: 1053)

  • gohda 17 May 2010 13:17:11 6,642 posts
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    What's the point in paying £50 a year for some PSN games you don't want
  • Jazzy_Geoff 17 May 2010 13:20:06 7,767 posts
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    You may want them. I buy loads of the fuckers. If you do genuinely get a free game that isn't complete shit every month and other stuff that is worth having then I may consider it. May.

    If the service remains as it is for non-subscribers though I can't really find much to complain about with this.
  • Res 17 May 2010 13:20:45 1,814 posts
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    I am trying to figure out what the benefit would be in paying for a subscription, if the free users are not missing out on key features. Maybe it's a sweet badge to go on your gamer profile.
  • gohda 17 May 2010 13:21:11 6,642 posts
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    ecosse_011172 wrote:
    gohda wrote:
    What's the point in paying £50 a year for some PSN games you don't want

    How do you know you don't want them?
    Are they likely to choose the top of the range stuff? Anyway, even if they did, how can they make profit out of that?

    I'll just buy the PSN games I want to, thanks.
  • Deleted user 17 May 2010 13:21:24
    I think I'll wait to hear what this "string of features" is before I decide. Few free likely turd games is not an incentive.
  • Blerk Moderator 17 May 2010 13:24:57 48,224 posts
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    It'll be interesting to see how they convince people to pay for this. The list of features revealed so far hardly warrants the cost if they're going to keep the 'free to play online' thing.
  • gohda 17 May 2010 13:29:36 6,642 posts
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    fröd wrote:
    gohda wrote:
    ecosse_011172 wrote:
    gohda wrote:
    What's the point in paying £50 a year for some PSN games you don't want

    How do you know you don't want them?
    Are they likely to choose the top of the range stuff? Anyway, even if they did, how can they make profit out of that?

    How will they make a profit from charging you in advance for 12 games you might not even want?

    No idea.
    I meant if it was games you did want, pay attention
  • oceanmotion 17 May 2010 13:36:47 15,243 posts
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    As some Xbox Live Gold users say, it's only peanuts a month or not much at all a year and you get sweet FA, it's just better than PSN. Of course Sony can't hold the play online card to make you pay which should be interesting to see how that plays out when getting users to pay a subscription on PSN. Discounts and a streaming music service similar to say spotify would be quite sweet.
  • Flying_Pig 17 May 2010 13:45:35 10,276 posts
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    ^^ That might be one of the 'features'?
  • X201 17 May 2010 13:46:53 14,696 posts
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    Flying_Pig wrote:
    ^^ That might be one of the 'features'?

    I thought they were trying to add value?
  • presh 17 May 2010 14:31:54 1,221 posts
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    Could be that a lot of the value is from streaming music and maybe video. If Spotify Premium costs £120 a year is could be a good deal. After all, Sony does own one of the largest music back-catalogues.

    Not bothered by it myself. Now, if they did a deal for online movie rentals plus PSN games, that would be really worth it....
  • Widge Moderator 17 May 2010 14:38:25 12,595 posts
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    If they make cloud saving a premium feature, that would be quite a decent addition, way above chuff like cross game chatting and being able to play music in the background.

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  • mcmonkeyplc 17 May 2010 14:40:22 38,899 posts
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    Typical internet tard reactions in the comment section of the EG article.

    Wait for the actual annoucement and what it offers before you go nuts. Fucking retards.

    Come and get it cumslingers!

  • DFawkes 17 May 2010 14:42:01 22,058 posts
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    I'd probably be unwilling to pony up for a second console subscription. I don't mind paying one, but if there's one for each machine I'm always going to just chose my favourite and pay that.

    It could potentially be great value for heavy PSN users though, depending on what they actually offer for the charge.

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  • Widge Moderator 17 May 2010 14:43:23 12,595 posts
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    auto background patching for games and OS, that would be a nice premium feature

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  • Deleted user 17 May 2010 14:47:03
    Will the updates be more awesome? I love me some OS updates.
  • Widge Moderator 17 May 2010 14:48:00 12,595 posts
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    interesting image on GAF:

    http://www.ishtalkers.com/wp-content/uploads/survey.jpg

    "Customer Service Priority Access

    Priority access to PlayStation's customer service both online and via phone should you need technical help or have questions about your products. This feature gives you support with little to no waiting.


    Exclusive Experiences with Sony Brands

    Get member-only access to attend exclusive Sony events and experiences throughout the year, including those offered by PlayStation, Sony Pictures, and Sony Music.


    Extended Console Warranty 3 Years

    Get your PS3 warranty extended to 3 years as part of your overall subscription (requires you to keep your subscription active). The standard warranty on your PS3 is 1 year.


    Access to Beta Games

    Get access to Betas of popular games not yet released at retail (Betas offer bigger experiences than typical game demos). You will have the ability to play these games before others do.


    Early Access to All Store Content

    Get early access to select free and purchasable game related content on the PlayStation Store before it's available to everyone else. This includes games, add-ons, themes, avatars, as well as free game demos.


    Member Demo Sharing of Full Game

    Share a level of a game that you just purchased for your PS3 with a subscriber who doesn't own the game. Your friends could do the same. This would be an exclusive demo not available otherwise to those who haven't purchased the game.


    Cross-game Voice Chat Access

    Get exclusive member-only access to cross-game voice chat. This is the ability to use your headset to voice chat with friends on your PS3 regardless of what they are doing on the PS3.


    Full Title Trial - 1st Hour Is Free

    Download full versions of select Blu-ray and PSN game titles and have the chance to play the entire game (single or multiplayer) for free for the first hour. After that time you will have the option of purchasing the game to continue playing.


    Token Wagering

    Get a fixed number of tokens per month you can wager with other players in competitive online games. These tokens could then be built up and redeemed for free PlayStation Network games and other content.


    User-to-User Challenges

    Unlock developer-created challenges while playing games. Compete with your friends to see who can be the first to complete these challenges. The PS3 will automatically offer and track challenges and winners and would post results. An example of a challenge is 'first to get 10 trophies' in a particular game.


    Free Access to PSOne Classics, PSP Minis and PS3/PSP Themes

    Get a fixed number of PSOne Classic games, PSP Minis (bite-sized games), and PS3/PSP themes per month to keep for free for as long as you are a subscriber. The PlayStation Store offers these types of content for $2-6 each.


    Discounts on Store Content

    Get weekly member-exclusive discounts on specific games, game add-ons and themes on the PlayStation Store. Discounts may range from 20-50% off regular retail prices.


    Member Only In-game Content

    Get exclusive member-only in-game content for your PS3 or PSP such as new game play options, unlocked in-game weapons or player slots, exclusive levels, costumes/skins, and PlayStation Home spaces.


    Trophy Alerts

    Get automated alerts on your PlayStation XrossMedia Bar, PlayStation.com, and via text message (if you so choose) that alert you when your friends get any trophy or a specific one. This feature is customizable - you can choose which friends to receive alerts from and what kinds of alerts.


    Cloud Storage Space for Games

    Store your game saves on a virtual secure saver. This would allow you to access your game saves at any point in time, and from any PlayStation 3 or PSP console you are logged in on.


    Online Music Service

    Get a streaming music service that allows you to choose your channel based on music style, artist type, etc. and listen to an unlimited number of tracks. This service would be for use outside of playing a game and similar to Pandora or a Last.fm.


    Online Music Video Service

    Get a streaming music video service on your PlayStation 3 that lets you stream music videos from a continuously growing catalog of music and allows you to create a custom playlist to play back.


    Automatic Downloads and Updates

    Customize the types of updates you want your PS3 to download automatically. These include game updates (patches) for games that you own, firmware updates, and game demos downloaded on your PS3 without manually having to select them and wait for them to finish downloading. Your PS3 can be set to automatically turn on for updates and turn off after completion.


    Loyalty Program Rewards

    Get rewards the longer you are a subscriber and also earn rewards by engaging with PlayStation such as buying games, downloading movies, and rating products. Rewards can include full versions of PlayStation Network games and digital movie rentals from the PlayStation Store.


    Facebook Connectivity

    Access to member-exclusive Facebook features on your PlayStation 3, such as viewing and linking your Facebook accounts with their PSN ID's, updating your status, editing, uploading and sharing photos, and viewing photo albums of your friends on your TV.


    Catch-up TV

    Get access to popular TV shows and movies through service providers such as Hulu, simply by clicking an icon on your PS3 XrossMedia navigation bar.


    Netflix Access Without Disc

    Access the Netflix video streaming service on your PS3 without the need to insert a special disc into the drive each time to access the service. A separate Netflix subscription would also be needed to enjoy the service. Netflix offers over 17000 popular movies and TV shows for streaming on your laptop or a supported device such as a PS3."

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  • Machetazo 17 May 2010 14:49:17 6,372 posts
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    Most people would prefer their OS back, lol! But, auto patching would be a convincing part for any premium service, definitely.
  • Widge Moderator 17 May 2010 14:50:51 12,595 posts
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    Thats what I think a Premium service should be, full of “nice to have” items that effectively you can live without, not the withholding of a basic like being able to play online.

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  • Deleted user 17 May 2010 14:52:15
    Yup, sounds good to me.
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