THE ONLINE RUMOUR MILL is speculating that Sony will announce a paid-for premium Playstation Network (PSN) service at the E3 conference in June.
According to VG247, its unconfirmed Sony sources said it will charge about £50 per year for membership of its extended services on PSN. These will include an updated music service like Spotify and Sony will give PSN subscribers one free PSN game a month.
The sources said that punters will get a choice of any PSN game they can play for free. So we're not talking about full retail games that cost up to £50 to buy, but cheaper games that only cost up to £9.
While punters can pay for downloaded games and films via PSN, the basic service will still be free to sign up - gamers can play over PSN for nothing. If Sony makes its mooted premium PSN feature an obligatory upgrade, it could mean that Sony's PSN, like Microsoft's X-Box Live service, intends to charge all its punters once they've gotten hooked up and signed on the dotted line.
Sources said that the service upgrade won't affect free sign up and the Spotify-like service on June 15. It's thought that this can run in the background while playing games.
Sony has already been caught off-guard with rumour teasers about an entire overhaul of its PSN services. If this is announced at E3 in mid-June we won't be too surprised. However, we'd love to see more details on how Sony intends to stop lag issues if you can stream and game simultaneously. µ
Plus the cost of ambition as moonshots eat into the coffers
Spoiler alert: it's probably VeriSign
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