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E3 2010: Sony Announces "Plus" Subscription For PSN

We've been hearing a lot about it, and it has now been officially unveiled.

As expected, this will not replace the free-to-play model always held by the PlayStation Network; what has been unveiled as "PlayStation Plus" is merely an option. SCEA head man Jack Tretton detailed the new subscription choice: it'll give you access to exclusive content designed specifically for gamers; this includes new digital content of all kinds, from both Sony's worldwide studios and their partners. There will be select demos and other goodies if you wish to ante up; Tretton called it a "full-product offering" that features "hundreds of dollars" worth of content for the willing subscriber. Plus will debut towards the end of this month and you can snag a yearly subscription for $49.99 or a three-month subscription for $17.99. Much like Xbox Live, you can also get three free months if you wish to give it a shot, and you will watch as Plus continues to expand on a monthly and even weekly basis. All sorts of DLC from avatars to whole new levels will be available to you and considering the price, that's not exactly outlandish. Sony calls it an "unprecedented value" and as it most certainly is an option, we have to agree with that assessment.

So if you want to just keep doing stuff for free, go right ahead. If you want more, the Plus option will be there. Nice, no?

6/15/2010 3:11:13 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (83 posts)

Evil tele
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 3:26:40 PM
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where's my cross game chat??

i know i dont "need" it.... but wtf...

$50 isn't bad for all that's included in the package.... it might be a good deal

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mike rlz
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 3:32:54 PM

I agree. Nice package, but what's up with cross game chat? Any word? Coming for free? Part of the Plus package?

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Highlander
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 3:44:50 PM

They did indicate that new content and new services would come through PlayStation Plus. Perhaps you need to use some patience instead of spamming every thread with the same demand?

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erislocker
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 3:55:12 PM

if cross game chat finally arrives it should be free, and not limited to subscription holders...

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Fane1024
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 4:03:43 PM

...otherwise it'd be pretty useless.

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Cavan1
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 5:33:24 PM

http://se.playstation.com/playstationplus/

it says on the offial swedish site that ps+ supports cross game chat, yet on the british and american sites theres no mention, you'd of thought they would of bigged this up alil more, or maybe they were gunner keep this a secret until it happend tho it does say if you have the ps+ and your friend dosnt then you can still talk to them

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bigrailer19
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 6:34:02 PM

the poeple who complain about cross game chat make me laugh. I guess i cant look at it from there side though because really, i just dont mind not having it.

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Highlander
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 6:54:52 PM

@BigRailer

Me too. I just don't get why this feature is considered to be a deal breaker by some.

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Nynja
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 8:31:05 PM

Cross-game chat is one of those features you won't miss if you've never tried it. The convenience of the feature is overwhelmingly understated for those who are very active in the online space. Its obvious that those who do not participate in online multiplayer very often would ever care about having such ability.

This is currently the most desired feature for the PS3 than anything else Sony has brought to the table since in-game XMB access.

I don't think it is wrong to slam someone for wanting a valid feature that many PS3 owners would like to have.

Note: I said "many PS3 owners" not "all". Not "most". And absolutely not "you". Cross-game chat is a very useful enhancement for those who like to take their PS3 online.

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bigrailer19
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 11:39:53 PM

Nynja-

First off I wasn't trying to slam anyone, those were hardly my intentions.

Second at least 50% of my gaming is done online, and I still don't have the same urge or passion some people do for it. The way I see it, is the people I need to be chatting with, or wanting to none the less, are in the same game with me anyways!

Hey I know all the perks about cross game chat, trust me. What I'm curious about is despite it being convenient. What good is it to be able to talk to a friend who isn't playing MAG (as an example), with you? I mean unless you wanted to invite him to dinner, or maybe a different game, (which can be done elsewhere by the way), what makes it so amazing?

If people want it thats one thing and its great. I am in no way saying it wouldn't be a welcomed addition. But for me there is no reason to raise a fus about it! Plus it looks like it may be coming with the plus subscription so, there ya go!

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Nynja
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 11:20:51 AM

bigrailer;

Sorry if I came across harsh, it was not intended at you.

What frustrates me are those PSN friends who refuse to give out their phone number so I can speak with them while playing a game. Why would I ever want to do this? Let me explain;

Ex 1: When I am playing a single player game and PSN friends start spamming me to join them in an online match. Sure I could use PSN messages to communicate, but I much rather have the convenience of opening a chat channel with them to let them know I'm working towards a save point.

Ex 2: Lets use MW2 - I'm in a party that's currently full and in a game. My friend is trying to join me and I wish to let them know what is going on and that I will party up with them shortly. Again, I could just send a PSN message but doing that while playing an online match?

Ex 3: Demon's Souls. If I wish to play this with a friend, currently we must communicate via telephone in order to coordinate joining games. Trying to do this using chat in Demon's Souls is a joke, unless you wait in the Nexus.

Ex 4: Not all my online friends are very bright. When setting up lobbies or online matches (i.e.: RA3, R6V, SOCOM, etc) some need guidance to get the game setup properly.

Having to coordinate with online friends is very complicated on the PS3 when compared to the 360.

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manofchao5
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 12:54:07 PM

plus would look nicer if they put in an improved download for all stuff because i noticed some items download faster than others for whatever reason

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Highlander
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 2:53:13 PM

@Nynja,

Yes, but that still does not make the presence or absence of Cross game chat a deal breaking feature.

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Nynja
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 3:12:21 PM

Highlander;

You are right, no it doesn't. I can't honestly think of anything that I would consider a deal breaker. I do know that for online features, cross-game chat is one of the most requested on the PlayStation Blog and Forums.

As for the PLUS service, I'm not convinced yet. If it did include more community features such as cross-game chat I would consider getting the service more so than now.

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sawao_yamanaka
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 3:27:17 PM
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It actually sounds good. Ben did you see Gabe? :P

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frylock25
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 3:32:17 PM
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i will try the free version and see what it is like. if i like it i dont know if i will blow 50 bucks on it but i will have to see first. 18 for 3 months isnt that bad.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 3:39:56 PM

12 months in a year. 12/3 = 4 pay periods. $18 * 4 pay periods = $72 per year. Worth it to get the full year if you're just going to pay every 3 months. I think the 3 month thing is something for those not interested in using it all year round.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 3:33:08 PM
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Awesome. Not only does it still giving free play letting us continue what we're already doing, but we can get stuff for more. A lot of that stuff on the list would cost 1-10$ anyways for premium digital media. The 3 free months is a huge bonus too, so if you're skeptical, you can give it a shot to determine if it's worth it for you.

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Zorigo
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 3:42:30 PM

most definitely. just how do i ge those 3 free months

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 3:39:27 PM
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Free games, content, ... for as long as you have the subscription, not a bad deal. I'm getting it for sure.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 3:54:57 PM

I was gonna ask if you would after that huge melee last time it was mentioned.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 4:14:24 PM

I wonder though, if you cancel your subscription do those games you downloaded expire? Thats how it sounded to me.

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fluffer nutter
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 4:18:37 PM

That's what I would draw form the comments, for now. Subscription expires, games expire. I think I'll be signing up for 3 months and getting the free 3 month bonus. $17.99 for six months, to try it out, doesn't sound bad at all.

Did anyone catch the detail about Qore? Is Qore automatically included with subscription? That sounds great.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 4:46:25 PM

I think he did say Qore would be included in the service.

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NeoHumpty
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 5:11:52 PM

Yeah, he said it would be included. Kinda glad because my subscription runs out this month, and I really didn't care to get it again.

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godsman
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 8:47:23 PM

Qore itself costs $24.99 per year by itself. It would be a great deal for existing Qore subscribers.

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Highlander
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 12:28:39 AM

@Jawknee,

I think it was stated from the platform that you'd have access to the content for the duration of your subscription. So once the subscription is up, you lose it.

Now the interesting thing is this, after a year on the service you'll have all these extras on your PS3 that you are used to. If you stop your subscription, those extras stop working. That's a built in incentive to re-up. I love it, this thing is optional, online play remains free and yet once you are on the hook with the content, you either stay on the hook or feel the pain of losing content. Very smart business.

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Zorigo
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 3:41:32 PM
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I wanna see what they're offering first. then...

but kudos sony for keeping the free to play thing. nice guys you are.

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hehateme
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 3:42:26 PM
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damn whats up does it have crossgame chat?

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Highlander
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 3:43:58 PM
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This is precisely what many of us said it would be. All existing PSN services remain free. So thank you for your scare-mongering folks, now can you start trusting?

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mike rlz
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 3:56:37 PM

I didn't think they were going to make us pay to play, I didn't know what was going to be in the package or the price tag.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 5:03:54 PM

I thought everyone KNEW it would stay free to play. That was a huge staple of the PSN. Why would they commit PR suicide by taking that away?

The scare-mongering was never taken seriously. At least not by me, anyways.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 3:55:31 PM
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I would have liked a few PS1 classics thrown in with it, but if I ever have the money I'll consider it.

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Mamills
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 3:57:52 PM

some ps1 classics are thrown in man

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 4:27:58 PM

Did he say that? no extra cost? I didn't hear it I had some background distractions.

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Highlander
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 6:56:47 PM

Yes, he said that. I can't remember what the initial line up was, but it included PS1 classics.

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Mamills
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 3:57:30 PM
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now that canada finally gets the video side of the psn store, they should add in weekly movie rentals into it.

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CharlesD
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 4:02:26 PM
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I like the idea of a trial and am extremely happy it's not in the plans to make the currently free part of the network.. well.. no longer free. However, I will still pay for the Pluse membership if the content offered is of a wide enough range and high enough quality

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ColTater
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 4:06:25 PM
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What happens when you download stuff while you have a 3 month subscription, but then decide to cancel it. Does all that content now become unplayable or will it forever be accessible?

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piratedrunk
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 4:08:34 PM

My understanding is that anything you get as part of your subscription will only be accessible as long as your are currently subscribed.

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Fane1024
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 4:08:22 PM
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I'm still skeptical of the value, particularly if everything disappears from your system if you stop subscribing.

I'd rather keep buying things a la carte, but I'll definitely take the free taste.

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Fane1024
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 8:28:47 PM

Well, it looks like the 3 free months only apply if you buy a year and I already own most of the announced freebies, so I guess I won't be trying it after all. At least not until they make it worth my while.

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artson1966
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 4:08:53 PM
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This is the key word " optional " not forced a lesson some platforms need to learn....... added value is a under statement fee DLC free games includes priority beta testers, free quore no need to dish out 25 bucks again.. these alone are worth the price with free games thrown in to boot. i'm excited and eager to subscribe as soon as available....

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The Stig
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 4:10:00 PM
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Hopefully those outside the US getting something else instead of the free Quore subscription. The UK has FirstPlay but what about all the other countries?

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tes37
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 4:10:48 PM
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I'm willing to check this out. It definitely sounds like a great deal for the price.

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JackC8
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 4:14:57 PM
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I was really surprised about the 3 free months thing. I'm sure once I get used to it I'll have to keep it :)

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The Stig
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 4:23:53 PM

I think thats the idea ;)

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tlpn99
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 4:23:43 PM
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To consider it I would have to upgrade my hd as space is short for downloadable content. Maybe in the future.

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NeoHumpty
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 5:38:46 PM

Check out pricewatch when you do. I got a great deal on a 500GB from there. I'm thinking it ran me about $70 a year ago. Probably even cheaper by now.

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 5:03:39 PM
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Sorcery! It's all 'bout Sorcery!
Heroes on the Move is looking great as well!

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PSN+ is a good OPTION. The great thing is that it's only an option and not "mandatory" like on xbox live (I know it's mandatory there either), but without it it's like you're not even part of it.

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godsman
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 8:49:03 PM

I saw Sorcery and i was like... SOLD!! The gameplay were so smooth. I LOL when I saw Nintendo's Zelda get all laggy and glitching with the Wii Motion Plus. It was such a waste for a great game like Zelda.

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NeoHumpty
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 5:16:17 PM
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I'm really looking forward to seeing just how much of a discount will be offered off of PSN games. I still see no excuse for the avatars that they do offer after all this time. So, that's a bit of a silly offering in my eyes.
I still think that any Platinum trophy you earn should be selectable as an avatar for free. I'm 99% sure I'll be hopping on this offer. It sounds pretty promising. I do buy a lot of PSN games as it is.

I'm wondering, though, if it will offer discounts on ALL PSN offerings, and if so, will that include PSP games? Looking forward to hearing a lot more details.

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kraygen
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 5:29:23 PM
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The only thing I don't get is that they said you got the stuff as long as you kept paying for plus. So if I get a psn game with plus and then I stop playing for plus how are they going to keep me from playing that game?

If it means something else can someone explain.

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NeoHumpty
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 5:36:46 PM

My guess is that he meant the exclusive demos, avatars and betas and such, not the discounted games you paid for. I could be wrong, but it sounds logical.

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NeoHumpty
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 8:38:14 PM

Looks like I was right. There are some better explanations on the EU Blog site.

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kraygen
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 12:06:50 AM

demo's have to be downloaded too, so they can't keep you from playing those if they're still on your hard drive. I've never bought a premium avatar so I don't know about those, as for beta's they don't last that long so thats not really a problem either.

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Cavan1
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 5:48:25 PM
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http://se.playstation.com/playstationplus/

sony confirming cross game chat?

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 8:10:48 PM
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OK, I can see where the new premium service would be worthwhile, but I'll only get it if the games they give with it are mine to keep, even if for some reason financially, I'm not able to renew my annual subscription again later on.

I mean, if I already bought it & received the game, then I think the game should stay mine.

But I'm not sure what's going to be in Sony's fine print on their new premium service, so I haven't a clue as to how they'll even decide to work this situation out.

OOPS, after posting this, I see kraygen already beat me to it a few posts up....
so I guess he's either got a faster trigger finger, or great minds think alike, LOL

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kraygen
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 12:07:45 AM

Really awesome and amazingly great minds think alike. ;)

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Deleted User
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 8:20:21 PM
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I'll try it for 3 months. $17.99 CAN is a small price to pay.

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godsman
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 8:49:39 PM

you probably get the 3 free months too. So $18 for 6 months trial is awesome.

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pigtool
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 9:48:17 PM
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I love how everyone is blathering about which package they'll try. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!! This is Sony's ploy to get their PS3 owners dumping quarters into their accounts just to play what's been free since November 2006. They see Microsoft making money hand over fist from the MSzombies who just send in their cash mindlessly, and they want a piece of that pie. JOIN HANDS AND BOYCOTT THE PAY SERVICE!!!!

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spiderboi
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 11:54:13 PM

Why boycott it if the current free service caters to ALL your current needs? If you don't see value in the PLUS services and no future prospect of utilizing it i see no reason for you to boycott it since you already have what you need.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 12:45:41 AM

Pigtool,
Huh?????
I'm not sure where you're even trying to go with this but....
in regards to the new premium PSN, if you don't want all the extra's, you've still got what you have right now and still for free, so then you certainly don't have to buy it.

No need to boycott anything just cause.....
"It's REALLY just that simple"

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jaybiv
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 2:10:05 AM

It tickles me how some companies are given passes for raping their customers while other get crucified. Say what you want about Kotick and Activision, I bet many of you bashers went out and bought MW2 and the stimulus pack...and the soon to be released resurgence pack. Sometimes a company's loudest critics are its most profitable customers.

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HighLife
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 9:49:26 PM
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I think to start the PS1 game was "Revo" and you would get "Wipeout HD." I will give it a try.

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Neurotoxiny
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 9:54:00 PM
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Sounds really awesome to me. I can't wait to try it out.....

This "Plus" service and the revealing of the Sly Cooper HD Collection and AC:Brotherhood was awesome :)

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pyrobomber70
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 10:04:01 PM
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The games you get for free with the plus service will no longer work if you stop subscribing. If you buy a game outright it will be yours to keep. They're talking about the games you get for free and the demos you get for free.

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kraygen
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 12:09:10 AM

That stuff has to be downloaded to your hard drive, how can they stop you from playing it once it's been downloaded?

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Highlander
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 12:29:58 AM

If you check the properties on your downloaded content there is an expiration date that is normally left open. This and other subscription features will be used to enable or disable the content you download through PlayStation Plus.

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kraygen
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 1:42:32 PM

Ooooh that's right, thanks highlander, been racking my brain trying to figure that out.

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just2skillf00l
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 10:34:56 PM
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Everyone keeps praising the Sorcery game...I just want to see it! Oh yeah...concerning this post...great that Sony separates the free online portion from the premium services. Although many of us were aware of this long ago its great to see one video game console company upholding certain values and truths.

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Temjin001
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 11:58:16 PM
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I'm relieved that they didn't start charging in some way or another for online play. I'm happy.

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Highlander
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 12:30:27 AM

We told you that they wouldn't.

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MARNEY
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 12:43:05 AM
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the value is there but...other than the games, (hope you like what sony dishes out.) the "+" package is lacking much needed social networking options. no Xgame chat, no XMB parties, no SKYPE app (i can dream.), no sharing music or vids with friends online...HOME doesn't have these options & i guess sony sees no use having XMB access to these types of features for those not interested in HOME either. Can't believe E3 has come & gone, with no network enhancements or FW announcements... E3 disappoints...add on a silent insomniac games, the lack of a R3 trailer or news was a deathblow...totally bummed now.

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Highlander
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 2:50:40 PM

*sigh*

When did cross game chat become so important in some peoples eyes that it is a deal breaker? This is how you portray it.

As for social networking, have you used Home? You do remember that the PS trophies integrate with Facebook, and the PS3 has a full web browser which can access facebook, twitter etc...

Seriously, I think some people want it all handed to them on a silver platter for free.

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Nynja
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 3:21:13 PM

I haven't logged into Home in over a year, so I can't say much for the advancements it's made. Though, last time I recall voice chat is still not allowed in Home.

If Home actually realized all the wonderful features Sony touted before it's unofficial "Public Beta", I would actually use it more and probably stop complaining about some highly requested features Sony is still holding back on (watching movies with friends, game launching, party/group setup for online game launching, etc).

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Gabriel013
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 1:11:33 AM
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Most of what is on offer doesn't interest me so I won't be subscribing, so the only thing that concerns me is the EXCLUSIVE DLC.

If this means that there is going to be game DLC released which is only available to subscribers and cannot be bought independantly by none subscribers then that is poor. (I don't include map packs in this).

I don't really want a $50 annual payment just to get access to $20 of dlc that I would historically have been able to buy on its own.

If it's free to subscribers but I can still purchase separately, even if they implement a delay in availablity, then I will be happy enough.

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jaybiv
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 2:04:33 AM
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With today's consumers, this is a smart move on Sony's part. Unlike MS, they have content that they can peddle in addition to games and hardware. Fanboys love to throw money at their favorite companies as if the companies really care about them. We are all dollars and cents to Sony and its industry bretheren.

To each his own. There is no value for me. This is just a shinier version of Xbox Live whereby they replaced online gameplay with Sony content. I hope you subscribers don't have ISPs looking to cap your access.

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Robochic
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 2:07:54 AM
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I'll try it for sure.

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___________
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 3:49:43 AM
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i cant believe how sketchy and evasive they were about this, especially considering its releasing at the end of the month!
sorry sony but if you want me to shell out 50 USD for something you need to be a little more specific in what that 50 bucks gets me.
plus it wont be 50 bucks, 50 USD is more like 70AUD.
but thats not sonys conversion, in sonys mind 50 USD some how translates to 100 AUD.
where the extra 30 bucks came from is a mystery!

the only way sony could get me to spend 100 bucks a year on PSN accesses is if they some how added PSN to bigponds unmetered list.
till then theres no point, because i wont be able to download much.
plus for some reason every time i download something PSN ends up uploading it too.
i downloaded junes edition of qore 1.6GBs i think it was, than i checked my meter usage and i had the 1.6 download PLUS the 1.6 upload on there.
XBL does not do that, it only does the download not the upload.

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Highlander
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 2:52:16 PM

The E3 announcement was the initial announcement of the feature. What did you want Dille to do, stand there for an hour detailing all the features and content by region? Remember that content is governed by copyright laws in each country/region. You need to be a tad more patient and wait for the specific announcement in each region.

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phade2blaq
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 1:34:10 AM
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I'll have to wait and see what they offer before I make a decision on subscribing to this !

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