If there’s one arrow in the PlayStation quiver that gives it the edge over the Xbox 360, it’s that free to use online service. No subscriptions or charges to get online with your mates, just an internet connection hooked up over Ethernet or that built in Wi-Fi.
But that may be all set to change. A Sony exec has today pretty much confirmed that a subscription service is on its way.
Sony’s Peter Dille says: “It’s been our philosophy not to charge for [PlayStation Network] from launch up until now but [subscriptions are] something we’re looking at…that’s something we’re actively thinking about…no announcements at this point in time but it’s something we’re thinking about.”
Tsk tsk, Sony. I thought you’d rise above this sort of behaviour. I doubt the community will take to this lightly. It’s far easier to start off with a paid-for service already in place than to set a precedent with your free service and then alter it.
Change (in this case at least) is BAD. We’ll keep you posted with any new developments on this story as we get them.