Qriocity: Sony's New PSN Service For Multiple Products
When we learned Sony had filed a trademark under the name "Qriocity," we were interested to know what it might be.
Well, according to PlayStation LifeStyle, this is Sony's attempt at delivering PSN ID services to other Network-enabled products. This would include their Bravia HDTVs, VAIO PCs, and Blu-Ray players - watch the video through the link - and Qriocity will also test your Internet connections and gives you a "bandwidth optimized" version of the movie you intend to stream. That's just one of the features this service will likely boast and if hints from this year's Consumer Electronics Show are accurate, Sony will roll this out some time next month. Lastly, you will log in to Qriocity by using your PSN ID; each platform with which you utilize Qriocity will let you create multiple PSN accounts for different levels of access. The only question that will undoubtedly be important to all those looking to save a little cash this year, is whether or not this will be a subscription service or a pay-per-movie type deal. Sony has often said they intend to continue to stretch the boundaries of the Network and last year, they said we can expect this expansion to hit other Sony products in "Spring 2010." This seems to fit.
By the end of this year, you'll likely be seeing the PSN just about everywhere. And yes, playing online will remain free, despite the addition of premium services.
1/11/2010 12:31:38 PM Ben Dutka