I've heard that it's a bad thing to let a rumor become fact in your brain, and while I totally agree with this sensible and grounded bit of advice, I can't help but to hang my fancy skepticism hat on the proverbial rack whenever I hear about possible Sony plans to launch a pay-for premium PlayStation Network service. Surveys and choice quotes suggesting a tiered PSN have been floating around forever. Persistence isn't exactly the perfect word for the behavior of the gossip, but it works--especially since a new rumor has sprouted: Joystiq is reporting via a source that a pay-for PSN tier, dubbed PSN+, will be revealed at this year's E3.
It's true enough that PSN still has catching up to do with Xbox LIVE, even when you factor in some of these PSN+ components. For example, party chat seems like a must in order for sensible people to avoid the online riffraff. Still, if this rumor proves true, we'll be looking at a PSN that will finally offer meaningful and unique stuff. The "first hour" demo certainly seems to qualify as that.
The word is that this plan could cost $9.99 a month. That may be a deal-breaker for most until they turn their PS3 on for the first time in a month and download sixteen updates. And, yeah, I'm going to harp on that whole updating thing. I really wanted to play Heavy Rain the night I bought it. Instead of screaming for a Jason or crawling around in glass, though, I watched an update bar. Not as cool, although I must say, the dialogue during the update process was occasionally better.
Anyway, PSN+ could be a thing that might be announced at E3. Are you stoked? Ready to pay? Or are you in the "yo, PSN needs to be free forever no matter what" camp?