Premium Playstation Network access has been an idea in Sony’s executive minds for years, and if the strengthening rumors are true, the idea will soon be a reality. A “highly placed source” has hinted at a large-scale monetizing plan for PSN, one that will open up a bunch of new features for a yearly cost. Current owners will not see any features or services they currently enjoy taken away, although those that wish to upgrade may receive things like a streaming music service or greater internet site-based support like XBL’s Twitter integration. As per usual, Sony’s response when contacted by Elder-Geek where that the company “doesn’t respond to rumors or speculation.”
“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,” said the source, “There’s nothing in the premium package which will gimp regular PSN users.”
UPDATE: Joystiq appears to have some sources pointing towards a proposed Premium Access version of PSN to be revealed at E3. Dubbed PSN+, with the available features supposedly containing rotating access to PSOne Classics and PSP Minis, exclusive DLC, store discounts, access to exclusive cross-game chat capabilities, a cloud-basing saving system and a Playstation Protection Plan. Rumored cost for the plan is set at $10/month.