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PlayStation Plus - It's time to pay for the PSN

by Steven Williamson on 15 June 2010, 21:21

Tags: Sony Computers Entertainment Europe (NYSE:SNE)

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At Sony's E3 conference today, the company has revealed a new optional subscription based service for users of the PlayStation Network.

PlayStation Plus will be available at the end of June and will cost $49.99 for a 1 year subscription and $17.99 for three months. Sound like Xbox Live Gold Membership? Well, kind of, but subscribing to this service will give you access to early demos, avatars, beta tests, early map packs and DLC, discounts and some exclusive content.

Unless we misheard, we're sure Sony said that you get access to the content as long as you're subscription is running. That sounds like you lose the content if you stop your subscription at any time?!? Sounds a bit mean, we'll have to get clarification on that.

Anyhow, there you go. It was bound to happen, you can't blame them really, but you don't have to subscribe if you don't want to.

Edit - Rob B has some more info to add:

$49.99 for 1yr (3months free for intro offer)
3months $17.99
Exclusive content
Early demos
Beta invitations
Free PSN games/PSN minis/themes
PSN discounts
Auto downloads (to push demos/patches/videos to the user)

First month users get:
2 minis (fieldrunners, age of zombies)
Wipeout HD
Infamous trial
PS1 Rallycross
some avatars/map packs

Next month - As well as more of the stuff above you get Core HD show.

HEXUS Forums :: 12 Comments

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That story is so 9.13PM ;)
That story is so 9.13PM ;)

I can only type so fast, trying to keep up.

I've added your additional info! Check the post now. :)
oh. I thought PSN was subscription already…..

Although the only person I know well with a PS3 is my better half's 9 year old boy, and it isn't connected at all.
Steven W;1938685
I can only type so fast, trying to keep up.

I've added your additional info! Check the post now. :)

Haha I forgive you. Was just watching the gametrailers feed & didn't realise it wasn't live (even though it said it was) as you could move forward/backwards. Info is around the 50min mark I think but the feed no longer seems to work. http://www.gametrailers.com/e3/livefeed/sony

Sounds like a good deal I guess, especially signing up early to get the freebies. One thing is that the content is only available while you subscribe, stop paying = lose all your freebie downloads or so I've read :(
I like the “optional” part the best. Early access/demos etc, no biggie for me personally, barely have time to play the games as fast as they come out anyway :)