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    This leak from engadget is a little over a year old now but what "if" Sony did start charging for online gaming. Would you pay for it?

    Me personal, I would not. When I played MW2 and various other games online on the PSN at there launch I always seem to run into lag on so forth. I would have to know that it would work as well as the xbox live.

    AND PLEASE NOTE THE "IF" AS I KNOW PSN IS FREE



    It's hard to put too much credence in a survey. Not only is it easy to fake (although this one sounds fairly legit and has popped up elsewhere), but the questions posed could be purely theoretical. That caveat aside, there's a bunch of very interesting stuff in this list of features we just got from someone who claims to have done a survey for Sony about its plans to charge for "premium" PlayStation Network content. The actual subscription costs flung around ranged from $20 to $60 a year, or alternatively $6 to $9 a month, and while some features might sound familiar to Xbox Live members, there's plenty of innovative stuff here that we wouldn't mind seeing pop up on either platform, including:
    Customer Service Priority Access
    Exclusive Experiences with Sony Brands
    Extended Console Warranty 3 Years
    Access to Beta Games
    Early Access to All Store Content
    Member Demo Sharing of Full Game
    Cross-game Voice Chat Access
    Full Title Trial - 1st Hour Is Free
    Token Wagering
    User-to-user Challenges
    Free Access to PSOne Classics, PSP Minis, and PS3/PSP Themes
    Discounts on Store Content
    Member Only In-game Content
    Trophy Alerts
    Cloud Storage Space for Games
    Online Music Service
    Online Music Video Service
    Automatic Downloads and Updates
    Loyalty Program Rewards
    Facebook Connectivity
    Catch-up TV
    Netflix Access Without Disc
    What a mouthful! There are definitions of all these after the break, and while the survey seems to imply that not all of these would be available in whatever paid service Sony launches, we could imagine quite a few PS3 users (ourselves, for instance) shelling out cash for some of the perks listed -- as long as they can swallow their Xbox Live Gold-deriding pride.

    [Thanks, Christopher]


    Customer Service Priority Access
    Priority access to PlayStation's customer service both online and via phone should you need technical help or have questions about your products. This feature gives you support with little to no waiting.

    Exclusive Experiences with Sony Brands
    Get member-only access to attend exclusive Sony events and experiences throughout the year, including those offered by PlayStation, Sony Pictures, and Sony Music.

    Extended Console Warranty 3 Years
    Get your PS3 warranty extended to 3 years as part of your overall subscription (requires you to keep your subscription active). The standard warranty on your PS3 is 1 year.

    Access to Beta Games
    Get access to Betas of popular games not yet released at retail (Betas offer bigger experiences than typical game demos). You will have the ability to play these games before others do.

    Early Access to All Store Content
    Get early access to select free and purchasable game related content on the PlayStation Store before it's available to everyone else. This includes games, add-ons, themes, avatars, as well as free game demos.

    Member Demo Sharing of Full Game
    Share a level of a game that you just purchased for your PS3 with a subscriber who doesn't own the game. Your friends could do the same. This would be an exclusive demo not available otherwise to those who haven't purchased the game.

    Cross-game Voice Chat Access
    Get exclusive member-only access to cross-game voice chat. This is the ability to use your headset to voice chat with friends on your PS3 regardless of what they are doing on the PS3.

    Full Title Trial - 1st Hour Is Free
    Download full versions of select Blu-ray and PSN game titles and have the chance to play the entire game (single or multiplayer) for free for the first hour. After that time you will have the option of purchasing the game to continue playing.

    Token Wagering
    Get a fixed number of tokens per month you can wager with other players in competitive online games. These tokens could then be built up and redeemed for free PlayStation Network games and other content.

    User-to-user Challenges
    Unlock developer-created challenges while playing games. Compete with your friends to see who can be the first to complete these challenges. The PS3 will automatically offer and track challenges and winners and would post results. An example of a challenge is 'first to get 10 trophies' in a particular game.

    Free Access to PSOne Classics, PSP Minis, and PS3/PSP Themes
    Get a fixed number of PSOne Classic games, PSP Minis (bite-sized games), and PS3/PSP themes per month to keep for free for as long as you are a subscriber. The PlayStation Store offers these types of content for $2-6 each.

    Discounts on Store Content
    Get weekly member-exclusive discounts on specific games, game add-ons and themes on the PlayStation Store. Discounts may range from 20-50% off regular retail prices.

    Member Only In-game Content
    Get exclusive member-only in-game content for your PS3 or PSP such as new game play options, unlocked in-game weapons or player slots, exclusive levels, costumes/skins, and PlayStation Home spaces.

    Trophy Alerts
    Get automated alerts on your PlayStation XrossMedia Bar, PlayStation.com, and via text message (if you so choose) that alert you when your friends get any trophy or a specific one. This feature is customizable - you can choose which friends to receive alerts from and what kinds of alerts.

    Cloud Storage Space for Games
    Store your game saves on a virtual secure saver. This would allow you to access your game saves at any point in time, and from any PlayStation 3 or PSP console you are logged in on.

    Online Music Service
    Get a streaming music service that allows you to choose your channel based on music style, artist type, etc. and listen to an unlimited number of tracks. This service would be for use outside of playing a game and similar to Pandora or a Last.fm.

    Online Music Video Service
    Get a streaming music video service on your PlayStation 3 that lets you stream music videos from a continuously growing catalog of music and allows you to create a custom playlist to play back.

    Automatic Downloads and Updates
    Customize the types of updates you want your PS3 to download automatically. These include game updates (patches) for games that you own, firmware updates, and game demos downloaded on your PS3 without manually having to select them and wait for them to finish downloading. Your PS3 can be set to automatically turn on for updates and turn off after completion.

    Loyalty Program Rewards
    Get rewards the longer you are a subscriber and also earn rewards by engaging with PlayStation such as buying games, downloading movies, and rating products. Rewards can include full versions of PlayStation Network games and digital movie rentals from the PlayStation Store.

    Facebook Connectivity
    Access to member-exclusive Facebook features on your PlayStation 3, such as viewing and linking your Facebook accounts with their PSN ID's, updating your status, editing, uploading and sharing photos, and viewing photo albums of your friends on your TV.

    Catch-up TV
    Get access to popular TV shows and movies through service providers such as Hulu, simply by clicking an icon on your PS3 XrossMedia navigation bar.

    Netflix Access Without Disc
    Access the Netflix video streaming service on your PS3 without the need to insert a special disc into the drive each time to access the service. A separate Netflix subscription would also be needed to enjoy the service. Netflix offers over 17000 popular movies and TV shows for streaming on your laptop or a supported device such as a PS3.

    Content posted from: Possible PSN premium services detailed in leaked survey? -- Engadget

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    Nothing, steam and it's whole service is free. Plus console's are trying to charge for what PC's do for free.

    like watching nextflix on a 360 you have to have a gold account but on the PC it's 100% free.. (well, asides of paying netflix your monthly membership fee.)

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    PSN is free and will always remain free. They have stated this. Playstation Premium is just that, a premium service. It's optional.

    Personally, no, I would not pay. That is why I switched from Xbox. I was tired of paying for the exact same thing I could have on Playstation.


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    Don't own a PS3 yet, but I wouldn't pay for a premium service anyways (I have my computer to do most of that stuff for free). If it is a real survey, the person that leaked it will have a wonderful life after the lawsuit.

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    I wouldn't pay if you had to pay. But taking that I play it all the time, I might. It just has to be a reasonable price.

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    As someone who has always had a Playstation from the beginning, I personally wouldn't pay but as already stated Sony will not charge for going online like Microsoft.

    I'm also not a "massive" gamer as I only have 3 games (FIFA 10 + 11 & COD WM2) and I only play FIFA 11 now against my mates, so putting a charge on would of put me right off.

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