Sony To Charge One All-Encompassing Fee For PSN Content?
The video game industry is a business, and we fully understand the need for profit. But how would you feel about fees associated with the PlayStation Network?
The rumor that Sony would eventually require fees for the Network has been around since the PS3's inception, but Sony has often said over and over again that they don't want to do this. In fact, we distinctly recall one Sony executive (it may have been Susan Panico) saying that free Network access was like a "universal right," or something like that. But the rumor has returned again, as some sources, including TAWKN and PS3Center, have taken some information from a recent survey and postulated that fees may be imminent. But it won't be a subscription fee like Xbox Live; it'd be a one-time fee that gives you access to content for both the PS3 and PSP. In other words, maybe you'd pay one amount that would allow you to download a certain number of downloadable content pieces, including full games and add-ons. We're not sure how this would relate to the current costs that accompany premium content, but perhaps one overall price for the month might actually save a gamer some money if he takes full advantage of the download limit. Who knows? We're just tossing some ideas out there.
Of course, some of you might want to just leave things as they are. I don't have a problem with the current set-up, personally; I kinda like this whole "just pay for what you want when you feel like it" thing.
5/20/2009 Ben Dutka