Premium PSN Subscription: Well Worth The Investment?
We've known for a while now that Sony is planning to institute a premium subscription for the PlayStation Network, although we remind you again that the basic service - including full online access for playing games - will remain free.
A recent market survey shows us some of the ideas Sony is currently toying with, and a lot of these features might be very well worth the price of admission. I mean, read what we might be getting for a nominal fee: exclusive in-game content is almost always a bonus, one-hour game trials sounds totally bad-ass, unrestricted access to the inventory of PSP Minis and PS1 classics, and oh yes, you may have noticed the mention of cross-game chat in that survey. However, most will agree that the latter option should come standard with any PSN membership; we really shouldn't have to pay extra for that one. But for the benefit of other rewards and extras, including music sharing, early access to Store content, cloud storage space for games, loyalty program rewards, and even Netflix access without the currently required disc...well, it could very well make our PSN experience that much better. The cost? Well, they're looking at three subscription models, starting at $29.99/year and ending with the top option at $69.99/year.
You know, this could really separate the PSN from Xbox Live, which already forces you to pay for a variety of options and features that aren't anywhere near as intriguing, in my opinion. We're hoping to see some official news on these Sony premium subscriptions some time very soon...
12/21/2009 8:54:24 PM John Shepard