Well the latest rumor being reported on blog's, is the paid version of the now free PSN service is coming for sure in a few months, with all the details to be showcased by Sony at the up coming E3 2010 in June.
Here is some of the rumored features of the new paid PSN system:
- Playstation Protection Plan (extended warranty!)
- Cross-game Voice-chat
- Cloud-Based Saving
- Rotating List of PSP Mini's and PSone Classics
- Exclusive in-game DLC
- Discounts when inside the "Playstation Store"
- First Hour "Demo Access" to full retail titles
- Auto-patching of PS3 games
All this for the rumored price of $9.99 per month, or $120 a year! There goes my wallet out to Sony!
But, it does give you extended warranty coverage, but how does work, currently Sony charges $60 for 2 more years on your PS3 slim (fatie's can't apply, they are out of the warranty game!), so if I giving Sony $120 a year of my hard-earned cash for more then 2 or 3 years, does that mean my first purchase is still covered? -- Or do they drop the price of PSN+ after your warranty is expired?
As for the "First Hour Demo Access of FULL retail titles" -- Sounds great on paper, but it is reported that you must download the full retail title first before you get the 1 hour of access. -- So if I think I might like "God of War 3", I need to download 46gigabytes which will take a few hours or a few days depending on your high-speed connection (if you don't have crappy ISP, with bandwidth caps!), just to play for a hour? Then what it auto-deletes? -- Or do have the option to paid full retail price to own it now that my harddrive is full, and my ISP just charged me 75cents per gigabyte to download it!
Then their is "Auto-Patching" of games. -- So what does that mean, while I playing a game or watching a movie, Sony is now poking around my PS3 harddrive looking at the games I played and installed, and updating them and adding patchs without me knowing? -- Personally, I like to know when I start a game that there is an update available or new patch, and then it installs. -- I really don't like the idea of network server just poking around inside my console by itself, who knows what else they might be "patching" like how they removed "Other OS", next time it might be the "bad save file you shouldn't have", etc.
News Source: http://www.joystiq.com/2010/05/25/ru...ce-at-e3-2010/