I used to be 100% certain that Sony would never charge for multiplayer gaming over the PSN as that is still one of the major features they have over the Xbox 360. In reality I couldn’t care less as my Gold subscription isn’t much and it only annoys me once a year when it expires.
However back to the point, I am no longer 100% convinced that Sony won’t introduce a small charge for online gaming. The latest salvo on the subject has come from Sony’s Peter Dille who claims
â€œI can confirm that [charging for PSN] as well. That’s something that we’re actively thinking aboutâ€
We are obviously going to be seeing a 2 tier PSN in the near future and the only question that really remains is what Sony are going to charge for.
Personally I don’t see anyone paying money simply to get a demo a week earlier or to get first access to Home avatar goodies. Maybe you wouldn’t be able to message anyone unless you pay but you will still be able to play online?
Someone may beat Sony with the stupid stick again and we could see them announce that online gaming is free but you can’t communicate at all without payingâ€¦
Do you have any ideas on which part of the PSN is worth paying for bar the online gaming ability?
Last Updated: February 4, 2010
February 4, 2010 at 09:13
The only thing that I can think of is cross-game chat, which I don’t think I’ve ever used on Live, but some guys seem to think it’s pretty important.