Rumors are popping up that Sony will announce a new Playstation Network service that would cost an annual fee, much like Xbox Live Gold, but users who are happy with the current free service would not be left out of the game.
The E3 2010 is only a month away and of course rumors about E3 2010 announcement start to fly high.
According to VG247.com, Sony will add the new service in a tiered system that looks similar to the Xbox 360's free (Silver) and paid (Gold) online service plans.
The game news site quotes a source as saying that the "premium" Playstation Network service would cost less than £50 ($73) per year.
The details on what the premium service will offer are unclear, but it may have something to do with a new online music streaming service that is also rumored to be coming to the PS3. No one knows if that will be available for all PS3 owners or just subscribers to the new premium service.
"There’s nothing in the premium package which will gimp regular PSN users," VG247 quoted a source as saying.
Regardless of what new features will come with the service, Sony wants to sweeten the pot for those who pony up the extra money. Users will be able to download a free PSN game, from a selection of hand-picked titles, every month.
However, this potential announcement would go against what Sony has been saying since the launch of the PS3. Sony had been firm in its stance that connecting online to the PSN would never cost money. As long as gamers can still play online multiplayer titles for free, it will still be a substantial advantage over the Xbox Live basic service, but this just goes to show that it is difficult to run all those servers without charging customers for it.
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