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Rumor: Sony Unveils Optional Premium PSN Service At E3

The concept of a paid premium subscription service has been around for a while now, and the more reliable rumors have hinted at such a service being optional for PlayStation Network users.

However, there have also been whispers that it might be required - like Xbox Live - despite Sony's insistent claims that it will "never charge to pay online." Well, rather than continue to worry and argue, maybe we should all wait until E3 next month, when VG247 claims we'll finally have the official unveiling of a premium service. At an annual cost of "less than £50," those who wish to spring for the elite membership plan will receive one free PSN game each month along with "a host of new features." In the past, we've heard that early access to hot demos and even preferential treatment when it comes to betas could be included. But perhaps the best news is that VG247's source says there is "nothing in the premium PSN service that will gimp regular PSN users;" i.e, if you don't wish to pay, nothing will really change for you. You'll still be able to log onto the Store, play online, download stuff, etc. Oh, and one last thing- the long-awaited cross-game voice chat is coming and it won't be restricted to premium users.

Look, we've all seen the arguments a million times so instead of talking about what you won't do in the Comments below, how's about talking about what you will do? What are you willing to pay for? What would Sony have to provide to make your premium membership worth the cost of, say, $69.99/year?

5/17/2010 10:19:20 AM Ben Dutka

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