Rumour: Premium PSN To Include “First-Hour” Demo Access

By Ishaan . May 25, 2010 . 11:06am


The week prior couldn’t have been a happy one for Sony. Just as last year, for whatever reason, Sony are having trouble keeping their E3 reveals under wraps. Last week’s leaks brought news of a stereoscopic 3D Killzone 3 and, more intriguingly, details on a potential paid-for PlayStation Network subscription.


The “PSN+” service, as a rumour at Joystiq calls it, is supposed to allow free access to a single PlayStation Network game every month, and more importantly, allow non-paying subscribers to partake in online multiplayer with the rest of the community, unlike Microsoft’s Xbox Live Silver accounts.


However, the Joystiq also believe PSN+ will grant subscribers access to demo the first hour of full retail titles, with an option to purchase the game after the hour is up. Being able to sample the first hour will still require one to download the entire game, however.


As always, we’d recommend taking the news with a pinch of salt. That said, rumours of a paid-for PSN subscription have been circulating for years now, and this news shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.

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  • malek86

    Apparently, it might go for $10 a month, which is relatively high, although one thinks they’d have a yearly subscription for a lower price.

    I sure hope this won’t mean the end of demos as we know them. Who would pay a monthly fee to have something that’s not much longer than a regular demo? Especially when you have to download the whole game for it.

    The free PSN game per month is more interesting, but then, in cases like this, companies have the habit of offering you a list of the worst titles around, and you can only choose to pick the less sucky one.

    Oh, and is cross-chat really so difficult to implement a feature that both MS and Sony feel the need to make you pay for it?

    • kupomogli

      We haven’t read anything that said Cross-chat will be part of the premium. Like you though I’m assuming it will be. Of course Microsoft thinks doing anything costs. You can’t play an online multiplayer game with or without a friend unless you have an XBL gold account.

  • androvsky

    The Killzone 3 reveal was a cover story for a magazine that’s due to hit shelves June 1, I’m pretty sure it was never meant to be an E3 reveal. :)

    And malek86, I think the idea is that cross-game chat is easy enough to implement to offer for free (2-person chat is free on the 360), but the viral nature of it is perfect for subscription services, since if one person wants to use the feature, he has to get all his friends to subscribe too.

  • nyobzoo

    wait what? trying an Hour demo of full retail games but you still have to download the entire game? Does that mean PSN are going to get a lot more Full retail games on PSN or Streaming games or what?

  • crunc

    Aren’t PS3 games pretty massive? It takes long enough downloading a 1 GB XBLA title. I can’t imagine waiting for a 10+ GB full game on the PS3. I suppose some people have fast enough internet, but we sure don’t. Not that it matters yet – I don’t yet have a PS3….

  • BrotherCavil

    Hmmm… ANY PSN game free per month?

    …:3 That I like. Even if it’s like, $200 a year, it still pays for more than itself if you DL a $30 game every month.

    • malek86

      No, apparently you have to choose from a list they give you every month.

      • BrotherCavil

        >:( Nothing is concrete yet!

        Let me hold onto my hopes and delusions for just a wee bit longer! =_=

        • crunc

          Moreover, what it sounds like to me is that you only get free access to the game for the month. After that you have to buy it if you want to continue playing. So it’s basically and extended demo. I could be wrong, mind you, but the wording of this feature sure makes it sound that way to me. Plus I can’t see them giving away games for free. I just don’t believe it.

  • Slashlen

    It would take a lot to get me to sign up for something like this, but we’ll see.

  • Feynman

    I’m not sure about that “first hour” thing. An hour-long demo session that requires downloading a game in the region of 10 gigabytes? No thanks, dood.

  • Hraesvelgr

    Okay, so, if this paid PSN thing goes down, and it’s not really $120 a year, it will really take the off the edge XBL has over PSN. Granted, they would still have to make PSN faster and more stable, but it would certainly be a big step towards comparable online service.

    • kupomogli

      Having previously owned both a PS3 and 360 the “PS3 online isn’t as fast or stable as 360 online” is false.

      The only games I’ve played online on both the PS3 and 360 however are Unreal Tournament 3, Street Fighter 4, Grand Theft Auto 4, and Armored Core 4.

      • Hraesvelgr

        I don’t really play games online, I’m basing this solely on updates and downloads from the stores. PSN is always slower for me.

        • kupomogli

          Are you connected wireless or wired? If wireless then that’s the reason. It makes a huge difference.

  • Online play has never been important enough for me to want to pay for it. I am not sure what would actually entice me to pay a subscription fee. The saving all my stuff to a server doesn’t sound bad, though, but still not enough. I think bringing PS2 backwards compatibility back for subscribers, though, would certainly entice a lot of people to go for it.

  • Hey maybe Sony will allow me to use “PSN-” once this rolls out… I’d love to be able to actually download content again…

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