It appears that the traditionally free Playstation Network is going the way of Xbox Live; that’s right – it’s becoming a premium, paid for service. At a recent media/investor conference, a slide was shown displaying how the PSN was to provide a â€œnew revenue stream from subscription,â€ something that’s been confirmed by Kaz Hirai.
Before Xbox Live gold users start laughing, and PSN users start crying – Hirai has also confirmed that online play will remain free.
â€œSCE will further increase sales by offering users new entertainment through the combination of hardware, software, peripheral and PlayStation Network,â€ said the SCE bossâ€¦Especially in the online area, we are studying the possibility of introducing a subscription model, offering premium content and services, in addition to the current free services.â€
There’s no word on what the premium subscription will offer punters, but the transition was inevitable – running large scale networks is a pretty darned costly endeavour.
Source : VG247
Last Updated: November 20, 2009