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Platform(s): PlayStation 3
Genre: Hardware
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: Sony Computer Entertainment
Release Date: Nov. 17, 2006 (US), March 23, 2007 (EU)

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PlayStation Network No Longer 100% Free, Premium PlayStation Plus Service Announced

by Rainier on June 15, 2010 @ 2:09 p.m. PDT

At the heart of PS3 is the Cell Broadband Engine, one of the most advanced computer processors in the world, that enables massive floating point calculation, and Blu-ray Disc (BD) drive, providing a High Definition (1080p) next-generation gaming and movie experience in the home, as well as up to 50 GB of data capacity.

By accessing PlayStation Store via PS3, PlayStation Network users will be able to purchase membership to PlayStation Plus, providing members with new options to expand and enhance their gaming experience and enabling them to gain an exclusive set of features and content.  For users' convenience, PlayStation Plus will be available in different subscription options of 30 days (Japan: 500 yen, Asia: HK$38), 90 days (North America: $17.99, Europe: euro 14.99) and 365 days (Japan: 5,000 yen, Asia: HK$233, North America: $49.99, Europe: euro 49.99).

PlayStation Plus features include:

  • Full game trial - Members will have access to full versions of designated PS3 and PlayStation Network titles including PS one Archives (PS one Classics).  The titles on offer will be available for download on PlayStation Store for a stated period and change every month.  Members will be able to play the full version of the game for a designated period and even after the trial period expires, users will be able to continue playing the game by purchasing the game on-line.
  • Games - Member will be able to play the full version of designated PS3 downloadable and PlayStation Network titles including PS one Archives (PS one Classics) and minis with no limit of time as long as membership is effective.  These games will become available exclusively for PlayStation Plus members at no extra cost.
  • Special content - Content such as avatars and custom themes many of which are exclusive will become available for PlayStation Plus members at no extra cost.
  • Discounts - Members will have access to exclusive discounts on designated PS3 and PSP titles.  Titles will vary every month on PlayStation Store.
  • Early access - Members will have early access to designated new game beta trials, game demos and video content prior to public distribution.
  • Automatic content downloads and updates - PS3 will automatically download and install designated game demos and game updates and also download the system software update data.  PS3 will automatically start up at a designated time to download content and will turn off after the download has completed.

Since its launch in November 2006, PlayStation Network continues to gain strong support from users around the world.  It offers a broad range of on-line content and services, including on-line gaming, video chat and text messaging with other PS3 users on-line, as well as access to many games, videos and comic content downloadable from PlayStation Store.  Tailored to enhance the experience for PlayStation users, PlayStation Plus will further enrich the PlayStation Network gaming experience.

SCE, with its strong lineup of entertainment content and services on PlayStation Network, will deploy various measures to provide entertainment experience to PlayStation users, and further expand PlayStation platforms.


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