The new service will cost less than £50 a year and will include one free PSN game download per month from a choice of two to four.
“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,” the unnamed source said.
The premium service may also include free acces to PSOne classics, PSP minis, and PS3/PSP themes, while also offering discounts on store content, member-only in-game content, customer service priority access, and access to beta games.
Non-subscribing users will not be punished, however, according to the source: “There’s nothing in the premium package which will gimp regular PSN users.” Rumours that cross-game voice chat might be saved for the premium service were also squashed, with the source saying that it is 100 percent not the case.
Sony is also planning to announce a streaming music application at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, which is rumoured to be able to run in the background while playing games. It’s not certain if this will automatically disable in-game music or sounds or whether the user will have to manually alter that themselves.