Sony May Introduce PSN Subscription Model


Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Kaz Hirai has confirmed that the company is exploring the possibility of introducing a PlayStation Network subscription model.

While online gaming on PS3 is expected to remain free, unspecified premium PSN services could be charged for.

“SCE will further increase sales by offering users new entertainment through the combination of hardware, software, peripheral and PlayStation Network,” Hirai said in a statement issued to CVG. “Especially in the online area, we are studying the possibility of introducing a subscription model, offering premium content and services, in addition to the current free services.”

The platform holder released Hirai’s statement this afternoon as a follow up to recently published Sony conference presentation materials that referenced the introduction of a “new [PSN] revenue stream from subscription,” as well as the release of a “non-game software development kit” for PSN in the second quarter of FY2010.