News – Premium PSN incoming

June 16, 2010 by  
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As expected, at their E3 Conference Sony announced a premium version of the PlayStation Network. Jack Tretton (President and CEO of SCEA) told the world that it would be titled PlayStation Plus. The service is set to be launched worldwide on June 29th.

Obviously being a premium service, it’s one that you are going to have to pay for. You can pay for a three month or yearly subscription, the former is priced at £11.99 and the latter is £39.99.

So, what will you be getting for your cash? You can schedule your PS3 to automatically download demos, firmware upgrades and the like. There will also be Special offers, and you’ll be able to play demos and betas before free PSN users. Apparently it also works like a rental service, in which particular games (PSN titles, PlayStation games and Minis) will be made fully playable within a specific time-frame for no extra charge, with games changing on a monthly period. Sony will also have games that you can keep on playing just as long as you remain a subscription holder.

The good news is that online play will remain completely free, thus PlayStation Plus can hardly be called a service that will be forced down the throats of loyal PS3 users, but it’s still nice to know that it’s there for those who want it.