PlayStation Plus subscription options revealed

Sony to add premium options as membership hits 50m; multi-player to remain free

PlayStation 3 owners will soon have access to a raft of additional online options when a new subscription service - PlayStation Plus - is launched for the PlayStation Network at the end of this month.

As part of this year's E3 press briefing, Sony Computer Entertainment outlined in more detail its plans to offer additional functionality for a fee - although the company stressed that all existing elements, including multi-player gaming, would remain free of charge.

Among the new options - which will be available in 30-day (Japan and Asia only), 90-day (North America and Europe only) or full-year increments - will be a variety of special offers, including early access to some demos and beta trials.

Users will also be able to unlock full access to certain PS3 downloadable and PSN titles - including PSone archives and Minis - and play them for as long as their membership is valid; while other designated games will be playable for a certain amount of time on a trial basis, before needing to be purchased online.

But one of the more interesting concepts announced involved the option to schedule your console to switch on and automatically download demos, patches or updates at certain times.

The company also announced the membership numbers to its PlayStation Network had now surpassed the 50 million level, across 58 countries - making it the "most connected" console on the market, according to SCEA VP of marketing, Peter Dille.

PlayStation Plus will be priced as follows:

  • 30 days: 500 / HK$38
  • 90 days: $17.99 / 14.99
  • 365 days: 5000 / HK$233 / $49.99 / 49.99

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Latest comments (3)

Private Industry 7 years ago
As long as Online gaming remains free they can charge money for other things.

But that service doesn`t look too bad since people seem to get free things every month.

And of course the 50million registered users is a dodgy statement given many people including myself have more then one account to access the PSN store for different regions.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Private on 16th June 2010 1:38am

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Jamie Grant Japanese Translation & Localisation Professional 7 years ago
Did anyone else notice how many times Tretton said users own content for the duration of your subscription?

And the overwhelming silence of the audience...
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James Finlan Studying Information Systems, University of Manchester7 years ago
What a farce, 50 million users my backside. That is almost at Apple levels of lying with a smile. They have a long long way to go to catch Xbox Live, as an owner of both consoles I find PSN teeth grindingly awful compared to XBL. As an experience PSN just does not work, it has no flow and so many missing features. The entire frontend needs a rework, I will happily do it for them if they want to employ me and it will make XBL look like amatuer hour. ;)
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