The video game industry is a business, and we fully understand the need for profit. But how would you feel about fees associated with the PlayStation Network?

The rumor that Sony would eventually require fees for the Network has been around since the PS3's inception, but Sony has often said over and over again that they don't want to do this. In fact, we distinctly recall one Sony executive (it may have been Susan Panico) saying that free Network access was like a "universal right," or something like that. But the rumor has returned again, as some sources, including TAWKN and PS3Center, have taken some information from a recent survey and postulated that fees may be imminent. But it won't be a subscription fee like Xbox Live; it'd be a one-time fee that gives you access to content for both the PS3 and PSP. In other words, maybe you'd pay one amount that would allow you to download a certain number of downloadable content pieces, including full games and add-ons. We're not sure how this would relate to the current costs that accompany premium content, but perhaps one overall price for the month might actually save a gamer some money if he takes full advantage of the download limit. Who knows? We're just tossing some ideas out there.

Of course, some of you might want to just leave things as they are. I don't have a problem with the current set-up, personally; I kinda like this whole "just pay for what you want when you feel like it" thing.

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Hexen
Hexen
12 years ago

I would pay if it's to improve the network so it can become better and it can surpass the competition in every way (not that it's too far off).Other than that I would leave it how it is now.


Last edited by Hexen on 5/20/2009 9:55:58 PM

Edmeist33
Edmeist33
12 years ago

No, absolutely not. One of the main reasons I got a PS3 is cause I could play online for free.

I have a 360, and aside from custom soundtracks and cross game voice chat (few little things here and there) the PSN is not at all different.
I think they should just leave it as it is. Don't fix what's not broken, methinks.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
12 years ago

Just to clarify, you'd still "play online" for free. This is just talking about content on the Store; online Network access would remain free.

Gregory Freeman
Gregory Freeman
12 years ago

i still think a "pay as you go" kind of system is always more efficient then "fixed terms"

they should pull a mobile phone company move, give us the option every time you buy…

[What System Plan Would You Like To Use For Your Purchase Today?]

[Pay Full Price – $19.99] [Sub. Fee – $29.99]

that's just the way i see it… if that works for sony, then il support it… i'd buy the subscription fee either way though… (Granted those damn psn cards actually show their faces up north… how long does that funking take???)

kratos17
kratos17
12 years ago

this sounds like a good idea but it can go either way with different gamers

i think they should just let you choose between the two, a monthly fee or the "pay as you go thing"

that way no one will complain

kratos17
kratos17
12 years ago

also, a good idea would be to give the video store this option as well

Anonymous
Anonymous
12 years ago

……oh…….oh………NAW HELL NAW!!!!!!!

Lord carlos
Lord carlos
12 years ago

no no no
they probably try to screw us out of the function that allows 4 friends to download psn games for free!!!
i've got like 20 gigs worth of free games thanks to my bro & mates.
Leave everything download related as it is!

PS.its a hard life being a bum.

Anonymous
Anonymous
12 years ago

lol, well said… i live off of demos too….(-_-;)

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
12 years ago

Being a mooch is rough man.

Lord carlos
Lord carlos
12 years ago

it certainly is,besides after working for the same company for 8 yrs,i think i deserve some bum time.
Anyone who says no to free game is less intelligent that a used tea bag!!

Robochic
Robochic
12 years ago

Think they should leave it how it is, why change it ?

Zemus101
Zemus101
12 years ago

Yeah I like how things are, I wouldn't want anything to change regarding fees and paying for content.

Schmitty
Schmitty
12 years ago

LOST ftw

fatelementality
fatelementality
12 years ago

Put a 10-15 dollar a month price to be able to download any and all content = making an ass load of money due to a 600% spike in business. Really, does the average user spend more than that per month on DLC? I'm including full games here.


Last edited by fatelementality on 5/20/2009 10:33:15 PM

Gregory Freeman
Gregory Freeman
12 years ago

this shoulda been this way @ the start, but as we all know, the store sucked hard core upon release, and even up to march/april 2008… we're only just recently getting high quality store system, and if this idea takes of, then i'm a supporter, if not im happy…

Sony knows best… if they do something, it has to benifit us somehow… cuz remember… they arent microsoft.

LegendaryWolfeh
LegendaryWolfeh
12 years ago

i do, depending on the stores updates and such. I know for a fact i've spent $200+ on psn alone

Lord carlos
Lord carlos
12 years ago

that could work as an optional separate scheme for users who like the idea,but keep the current way for payment & downloading too.

fatelementality
fatelementality
12 years ago

I did say average user though. Ben, any idea what the average PSN user spends in the store per month? I guess you would have to exclude the video store.

Oxvial
Oxvial
12 years ago

this would shut up the xbox live its better quote .

Highlightreel
Highlightreel
12 years ago

I agree. I have a hard enough time being able to buy the games I want let alone getting the wife to let me pay some sort of fee to have access to a store for games. I also live off of the demos and getting a demo for free has led to more game purchases than I would have thought, but if I have to pay some fee on the front end, I wouldn't be able to pay that fee and I wouldn't end up being able to play the demos and thus would not be buying as many games. It's easier to trade a game and get another one than it is to justify a bank statement or a psn purchase (frankly, I've never seen one) So, my wife would support this idea, but I wouldn't.

Oyashiro
Oyashiro
12 years ago

Not sure how I feel about this. I need a little more info on how they would be doing this to really form a opinion.

tes37
tes37
12 years ago

I have 33 BluRay games and 37 hdd games from the psn. It seems to me they are making plenty of money the way it is. I'm quite sure there are people who've spent more than I have.

The Stig
The Stig
12 years ago

Yes but Im quite sure people have spent alot less than you too. I've only spent about £30 (about US$70)and I've had my PS3 since launch.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
12 years ago

I dont need it, but if I had the extra dough, why not get GT5P and Flower and all the other things I missed for a nominal fee? I just wouldn't want it to be like a year long contract.

fatelementality
fatelementality
12 years ago

Agreed. Something that could be monthly or yearly maybe? Like XBL. You only really missed alot of eye candy with GT5P. No customization at all. It was alot harder that way. If you really want to check it out, get a used copy somewhere for like 15 bucks. Worth every penny of that just to watch your screen turn into butta

The Stig
The Stig
12 years ago

There is customisation in GT5P, very little tho. Gear ratios, weight, airodynamics, BHP etc. Not the same as GT4 when you could buy parts but it in all fairness just a demo.

Banky A
Banky A
12 years ago

Yeah…

Ogibillm
Ogibillm
12 years ago

hmm… subscription based drm perhaps? play whatever you like so long as your subscription remains current… doesn't sound all that bad – depending on the price and what is included under the plan.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
12 years ago

More bills?

No thank you
Pay what you want to play is the way to go

fatelementality
fatelementality
12 years ago

I agree with you and that's what I would do personally. It would just be nice to have as an option if you did buy frequently. Especially if you own either Guitar Hero or Rock Band. All of those songs can break you quickly.

Gregory Freeman
Gregory Freeman
12 years ago

i rather pay a flat price and download

-warhawk booster packs
-Cod Map Packs
-KZ2 DLC
-Socom
-Flower
-Re5 versus unlock
-cuboid
-Ragdoll kung fu
-burn zombie burn
-pain
-Pain DLC
-Burnout Paradise DLC
-Burnout Paradise

the list goes on… Rather than pay the 5-15 bucks each… hell if the main fee is 20 bucks a month, instant savings…

but this WILL ONLY WORK IF THE ORIGINAL OPTION IS KEPT. ppl do hate being forced into fees, but if given the option it psychologically works in a positive way. (an example is democracy vs. dictatorship; but yu do run into those who rather the dictatorship, then the democracy..)

crapreviews
crapreviews
12 years ago

Ben that survery (which i took) was geared toward a Subscription fee rental service (think gamefly) for PSP games only. you would pay a certain amount each month and be able to rent a certain amount of games each month.


Last edited by crapreviews on 5/21/2009 12:05:29 AM

The Stig
The Stig
12 years ago

That sounds like the Go!View service we have in the UK for movies and TV programmes.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
12 years ago

Before everyone flies off the handle, I think this may be related to the news about potentially renting games from PSN for the PSP.

Think about it this way, you can either buy the content you want as and when you want it, or you can rent content for a specific period, and finally you can choose to pay a fixed monthly fee and get immediate access to anything you want. I know that won't work for a lot of people, but equally so a lot of people would consider paying a fee for unlimited access to everything on PSN. Obviously you lose everything if you don't pay up, and there might even be a requirement that you log in to the PSN for your use to be authenticated. But it's not a terrible idea, assuming that it's just another option.

As Ben has pointed out this isn't a payment for accessing pSN or playing games you own, it would be a monthly fee for PSN downloadable content.

Slow down and think people.

Mamills
Mamills
12 years ago

Yea lets put it this way..
PSN Fee's = PS3 Up for sale
if im gonna pay for the network i may as well go with Xbox live

Mamills
Mamills
12 years ago

but if this for game rentals and full access to full games only, then sure, y not. but as i said b4 over fee to play games, screw that. back to PC gaming or Xbox

Gregory Freeman
Gregory Freeman
12 years ago

sorry to burst your bubble, but M$ and companies like Onlive (and the possibility of steam.) will eventually manopolise the pc gaming sector, thus leaving the ps3 as the only free serious online gaming system…

Charger7302
Charger7302
12 years ago

It wouldn't bother me if they started charging for the actual network, but that's just me……..I'm still surprised that sony isn't charging for the network given that the entire company is scrambling to find a nickle anywhere.

fatelementality
fatelementality
12 years ago

They may have posted losses, but Sony is far from hurting. They have too much invested elsewhere (TV's, computers, Sound equipment, mp3 players, etc.)


Last edited by fatelementality on 5/21/2009 12:56:17 AM

Alienange
Alienange
12 years ago

I believe it was the TVs that were hurting more than PS3 sales.

LegendaryWolfeh
LegendaryWolfeh
12 years ago

Wonder if this is like..say…netflix or blockbuster, where you can pay for a month's supply or year's supply and rent and receive and turn back in whenever you want before getting a new one with no late fees?

Qubex
Qubex
12 years ago

I am sorry, but if they started charging for PSN; I would sell my PS3!

Q!

"i am home"

King James
King James
12 years ago

like that, Q?

Qubex
Qubex
12 years ago

Actually King James, I probably wouldn't sell it, use it as a multi-media hub; but I cannot justify more cost for playing the already expensive content. Sony are already making very good money – and I find it a struggle to keep up by purchasing title after title.

So what I need is PSN to remain free – which I think will be be the case as Sony shouldn't charge us for playing online; and only purchase the odd AAA title that is really worth playing on the hardware.

I really do hope that "future" PSN-based subscription charging models do not become an all encompassing charge for everything…

Q!

"i am home"

Oyashiro
Oyashiro
12 years ago

I doubt this will turn into a "Payed for PSN". As mixedkidbx said abouve, this may be tied to the PSP Game rental thing.

And if it does come on to the PSN, It will most likely be a optional payment plan. I doubt they would give up a system that works quite well. And this is just for content. You can still play games online with out any fees.

shadowpal2
shadowpal2
12 years ago

Hmmm…a one time payment for downloads and content on the store…interesting. I frankly don't know what to say since I mainly download demos and haven't downloaded any actual full games (I only have a PSP, not a PS3 – so no add-ons either).

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
12 years ago

SuperStardust for PSP has add-ons. 🙂

Oyashiro
Oyashiro
12 years ago

Its also a great game as well 🙂

somethingrandom
somethingrandom
12 years ago

I wouldn't care if they only made it an optional subscription where you could still buy things normally (and possibly save money with the subscription).

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