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Report: Sony Launching $70 PSN Premium at E3

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Sony is said to be launching a new premium version of the PlayStation Network at E3 this year.

Sony may not be launching a new iteration of its handheld PSP console this year at E3 but that doesn’t mean the company won't have a big reveal for the annual games convention. VG247 cites sources that say Sony will introduce us to a new version of PSN next month. While the current PSN costs nothing to use and will remain free, the new premium PSN will cost under $70 per year.

VG247's 'highly placed source' says this premium service will also include one game a month for free, with users choosing from between two and four titles.

"If you work it out, PSN games cost an average of £6-9 each, so over a year you’re basically going to be breaking even," the source is quoted as saying.

The source went on to say that though the premium service would offer lots of extras, it wouldn't mean fewer features for those with the regular, old free version. When asked about the possibility that cross-game voice chat was being saved as a paid feature, the source said this was absolutely not the case.

"I can tell you now, 100 percent, that that’s not the case. There’s nothing in the premium package which will gimp regular PSN users."

Would you pay up to $70 per year for a premium version of PSN? Let us know in the comments below!

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    indran1412 , 20 May 2010 12:37
    I dont have any idea what's included in the premium service until now, so I will say NO...

    Maybe after Sony revealed more solid information about it , I'll think about it.
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    waxdart , 20 May 2010 18:30
    So they are going to charge £100* to get into a shop and buy things.

    When they start to CHARGE for the "on-line part" of the game, then you know you are fucked.

    * you know they'll give us a nice mark-up!
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    djcoolmasterx , 20 May 2010 19:32
    waxdartSo they are going to charge £100* to get into a shop and buy things.When they start to CHARGE for the "on-line part" of the game, then you know you are fucked.* you know they'll give us a nice mark-up!

    $70.00 = £49.05
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    waxdart , 20 May 2010 20:31
    djcoolmasterx$70.00 = £49.05

    So glad I wrote the bit about the mark up!
    Since when has there ever been a direct price given from dollar to sterling? berk.
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    kyzarvs , 20 May 2010 20:41
    $70 for what essentially sounds like a games bundle isn't too bad. If the existing free version remains fully featured, sounds like the best of both worlds...
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    Kraynor , 20 May 2010 22:56
    Interesting... I'll have to look through the arcade games on PSN to see if there's anything worth buying.

    I'd prefer if it was '1 free download up to ' so you could get a piece of DLC instead, but whatever.