Rumor: Sony to reveal premium PSN+ services at E3

Tuesday, 25th May 2010 15:33 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Rumor has it that Sony’s set to reveal a premium for PSN called PSN+ during its E3 media blast.

According to sources close to Joystiq, the service will provide subscribers with “additional bonuses” and will not limit multiplayer between paying and nonpaying customers.

Sources claim that subscribers will be privy to: a rotating list of PSP Minis and PSone Classics; exclusive DLC; PlayStation Store discounts; an auto-patching feature; and “first hour” demo access to full retail titles.

After playing a game for an hour, users would then have the option to purchase the full game – which means that you have to download the full game just for the demo.

PSN+ subscribers will also be included in the PlayStation Protection Plan, the rumored cloud-based saving option, and cross-game voice chat – which has been claimed before.

Another source close to Joystiq also speculates PSN+ will run players $9.99 a month, which may be a completely different animal to the “less that $50″ a year plan.

Sony has responded to the source’s claims that it does not “comment on rumors or speculation.”

We’ll send a mail, but we expect the same response. Hopefully E3 will reveal all.



  1. Razor

    Well if this feature set is true, Sony’s fucked up.

    Cost wise, I think $9.99 is literally for just one month, and is likely to compliment a cheaper annual thing, say $50.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Benjo1981

    $10 a month/ $120 a year seems a bit steep for what’s on offer :S

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Benjo1981


    So, they’ll have 3 options for PSN? Free, $50/year and $120/year? Getting quite confusing, if true.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. daytripper

    whatever happened to “Playstation World” that PSM3 had a exclusive on before PS3 was released? it showed concept designs for the menu, gamercards and stuff, it looked very good!

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Benjo1981


    Maybe they canned it in favour of Home. Good one Sony lol.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Erthazus

    Auto patching? =\ I want that.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. OlderGamer

    Did I understand that right(sorry its a med day), we can download full retail games(the demos), play them for an hour and then buy the game digitialy? If so, I would pay for that.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Razor

    @3 what’s confusing? You pay $9.99 for access for one month, and $50 for yearly subscription.

    It’s no different to Xbox Live. A one month, 3 month or yearly sub.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Razor


    #9 5 years ago
  10. Blerk

    Howfuckingmuch? Good job it’s optional, I surmise most people will be opting ‘out’.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Benjo1981


    Apologies, read it incorrectly. Just corrected myself from the Joystiq post.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. OlderGamer

    I don’t know there is bound to be more details that we don’t have yet. Keep in mind that this is just speculation right now. If they bolster it a bit, might work.

    But in truth as long as they are still allowing gamers to play MP online for free … this is going to be a hard sell.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Benjo1981


    Yep. I pay for Live Gold for the online multiplayer. If that was included in the Silver package, I wouldn’t pay for Gold.

    Out of interest: does PSN not auto-update games? How do you go about updating them?

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Detale

    PSN does auto-update games. When you start the game it tells you an update is available, and then you go and make a cup of tea while it downloads and installs…

    Well it’s not usually that bad but some of them can be quite large.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. OlderGamer

    I don’t understand the update thingie either..are they just talking about updated firmware?

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Blerk

    Maybe they mean background downloads?

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Erthazus

    @16 yeap, like from Steam. You are playing and it patches automatically.
    I think xbox 360 at Live have this too.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. OlderGamer

    I gotcha Erth that sounds resonable.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Aimless

    Presumably you would be able to, say, press Triangle over a game’s icon on the XMB and toggle a “Keep this game up to date” option that would allow the machine to automatically queue updates for download as they’re released, even if you’re playing something completely different.

    Albeit a bit more needlessly complicated; this is Sony.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. BlueOne

    i used my psn 5 times
    so if the premium make 10 or 9999 i will get one :D

    #20 5 years ago
  21. frostquake


    Sony Burns ppl constantly with Digital Download. I highly recommend that you buy Hard Copies!! Having been burned in the tune of $1000 from Sony connect, I learned it the Hard Way. I even had triple back ups, so when Sony Shut down Sony Connect I had multiple back ups, but eventually they all went corrupt, the last being the PS3 mysteriously erasing a 8 Gig Memory Stick…Now I have nothing… You have been warned…SIGH!!

    #21 5 years ago
  22. OlderGamer

    I have never used Sony Connect, to my knowledge. Thats a music download thingie isn’t it?

    I just use iTunes for music. And have a 1TB external to back it up(plus CDs).

    #22 5 years ago

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