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A VG247 source, said to be highly placed, has revealed that Sony plans to announce a premium PSN service at E3 next month.

A host of new features will be offered at an annual cost of "less than £50", with subscribers also being offered one free PSN game each month; the game's will come from a specific selection each month.

Sony also has plans to announce a streaming music service, although it's not clear if this will be part of the premium service.

Importantly, the source was adamant that nothing in the premium PSN service will "gimp regular PSN users", meaning we can expect free online gaming to remain. In that vein, the source also confirmed that cross-game voice chat - a feature often rumoured for PSN - will not be restricted to premium members.

Besides a free game each month, what other features would you want for around £50 a year? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Mr_Ninjutsu

I just would like to have cross game chat, as do most people I believe. Heck even a party system like Live, that would be pretty darn cool.
Posted 16:08 on 18 May 2010
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Kaligulathegod

How about an audio streaming service like spotify but with integration of music playlists into games to replace existing sound tracks? I'd pay 50 for that.
Posted 15:50 on 18 May 2010
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Goofy-Gooberson

I am happy to pay about £50 a year. I think it would be good to give exclusive access to Beta tests
Posted 17:22 on 17 May 2010
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Neon-Soldier32

Will probably pay regardless.
Posted 16:16 on 17 May 2010
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guyderman

If it doesn't affect the level of service you get on PSN at the moment - I can't see them offering much that would make me want to pay £50 a year.
Posted 15:34 on 17 May 2010
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II-Rossco-II

i hope they do this tbh, if it doesn't gimp normal user im happy for it to go ahead
Posted 15:26 on 17 May 2010
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Stegosaurus-Guy-II

I hope they do what they did last year and release the update as soon as they announce it at E3, that was cool.
Posted 15:01 on 17 May 2010
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Clockpunk@ El-Dev

That depends on the game selections being 'decent', though. It will be interesting to see just what it does offer for that price... and whether people will be able to get it cheaper by shopping around, like Live...

No surprise - the videogame industry does seem to have a LOT of money tied-up into it - all companies are trying to milk as much as possible.
Posted 14:50 on 17 May 2010
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El-Dev

Given that any decent game costs more than £4 <£50 isn't too bad. Can't see myself paying for it though as I only game online and don't use most of the other stuff offered by both PSN and Live.
Posted 14:20 on 17 May 2010
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