So the Premium PSN features finally begin to show their face. In an online survey by IPSOS Online Research, that shows the different angles Sony may take when it’s premium service rears it’s head (probably sometime this year). Don’t sweat it however, as services which are currently free, such as online play, will remain free. Here’s a few details that are on the top of the survey.
Sony is considering offering a premium PlayStation Network subscription in the future. The subscription offering would provide new premium features you could choose to pay for and are in addition to the features currently available for free such as access to online multiplayer gaming (current features would remain free).
Although the pricing options and features run the gamut really, there are some very notable standouts. One is something I predicted when all of the Netflix stuff was going which was an all you can eat TV “catch up” service kind of like Hulu in a sense. This would be awesome because honestly the movie selection on the Netflix streaming is pretty week and I personally find myself using it for catching up on seasons of TV shows. And if you still find you need Netflix for whatever reason, you’ll be able to run it natively without a disk.
A major notable is full 1-hour access to PS3 games (instead of the usual demo format) which is pretty cool because you can start unlocking trophies and save your game without even owning it yet. As well as full access to PSP Mini’s, PS One titles, and premium themes.
One thing that has me worried is that Cross Game Chat is listed on this survey. I know myself as well as many others will be quite ticked off if paying for premium service will be the only way to access this feature. One main problem being how would you know which one of your friends has it and which ones don’t.
Keep in mind however that companies, are constantly doing surveys like this. It doesn’t necessarily mean that these features will or will not come into fruition, however it is somewhat of an indication in which things are headed. We’ll definitlely find out soon enough. Check out the survey below and let us know what services you would you pay for?