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Sony Computer Entertainment boss Kaz Hirai has revealed the platform holder is considering introducing a PSN subscription model, offering users premium content and services in addition to the free service currently in operation.

"SCE will further increase sales by offering users new entertainment through the combination of hardware, software, peripheral and PlayStation Network. Especially in the on–line area, we are studying the possibility of introducing a subscription model, offering premium content and services, in addition to the current free services," explained Hirai during today's conference call with investors.

Earlier today a presentation slide, which stated SCE would seek a "new revenue stream from subscription", sparked rumours that Sony would be introducing an Xbox LIVE style sub for online gaming on the PS3. The important thing to note is that Hirai stated subscription-based premium content and services will be offered "in addition" to the current free services.

What kind of content and services would you considering paying a subscription to access on your PS3? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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pblive@ mikejosh1978

It's weird that you're the only one who seems to be having these problems. I can't see any threads on Playstation forums from others who are having that many problems.

Just unlucky?
Posted 08:14 on 20 November 2009
Karlius's Avatar


First Sub for content next a Sub for Gaming its the only sustainable way!
Posted 23:27 on 19 November 2009
Wido's Avatar


I'm guessing future Warhawk related stuff and MAG?
Posted 21:14 on 19 November 2009
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El-Dev@ mikejosh1978

How many consoles do you have? The firmware has mashed all of them?
Posted 21:12 on 19 November 2009
mikejosh1978's Avatar


Well new Firmware has mashed all my consoles & a subscription would see me done with sony's pathetic attempt to catch xbox whilst ruining what was a good console & service.
Posted 20:44 on 19 November 2009
dudester's Avatar


Theres the Agency, DC universe, FF14, plus NCsoft were supposed to have a couple of games on ps3 at some point.

Cryptic were looking at possibilities of Star Trek and champions online as well.
Posted 20:06 on 19 November 2009
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Mr_Ninjutsu@ dudester

Oh snap! Of course your a fricken genius mate. TU It's obvious it's that what with FF14 etc. Wow how did I not see that.
Posted 19:36 on 19 November 2009
dudester's Avatar


Is it just me that thinks the subs may be related to the mmo games due to come ps3 in 2010?
Posted 19:21 on 19 November 2009
RecoN's Avatar


Good news then, so were all free to choose. I wonder what premium content? Exclusive DLC perhaps or maybe certain themes etc.

Who knows!?
Posted 17:42 on 19 November 2009
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El-Dev@ jtorry

Oh apologies, just read the comments.
Posted 16:33 on 19 November 2009
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jtorry@ El-Dev

This news story features exactly the same quote as story you've linked to.
Posted 16:31 on 19 November 2009
El-Dev's Avatar


Online play will still be free so all good.
Posted 16:29 on 19 November 2009


Yeh I agree, as long as the people who get ti free still play online as they do now then cool.

This stuff will probably be like special demos, early access better online features? :D
Posted 15:48 on 19 November 2009
Mr_Ninjutsu's Avatar


Yea, as long as it keeps free online play then it's fine by me.
Posted 15:47 on 19 November 2009
Rickitis's Avatar


As long as its free to play online then I'm fine with it.
Posted 15:15 on 19 November 2009
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