In an interview with IGN UK Sony’s Peter Dille (Senior Vice President of Marketing / Head of PlayStation Network) confirms that the head honchos at Sony are debating adding a service fee to the PlayStation Network.

Maybe a longer answer to a shorter question, but I think there is just tremendous improvements to the PlayStation Network, which leads me to your last question: will we charge for it or why don’t we charge for it? It’s been our philosophy not to charge for it from launch up until now, but Kaz recently went on the record as saying that’s something we’re looking at. I can confirm that as well. That’s something that we’re actively thinking about. What’s the best way to approach that if we were to do that? You know, no announcements at this point in time, but it’s something we’re thinking about.

This is on the heels of a survey conducted on UK PSN users about a hypothetical Premium PSN service.

I don’t have a PS3 myself so I can’t give the best commentary on this, but if it ends up anything like Xbox Lives Gold features it will filled with more services you don’t use than you do use. The only two gold services that are worth it on Live is Netflix, which has lost its value now that both the PS3 and the Wii have it, and the multiplayer gaming. As far as the multiplayer goes the Gold fees have allowed Live to give a reliable server up time and speed of connection. This is not something I have heard from PS3 owners.

Do you have a PS3? Would you pay for the current PSN services? What Services would you want added before you would be willing to pay for a Premium Service?

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  • I own a PS3. If I lose my free Netflix because it becomes a premium option, I’ll be pretty pissed.

    I haven’t ever had any issue with my PSN connection, and there really aren’t any features outside of Netflix that are worth paying for. What else do they want to charge for? Access to Home? Are they going to copy XBL and add Facebook? None of that is worth money.

    Sony does have a history of building a good thing and then making poor decisions with it, and it’s starting to look like this might be another one.

    What would it take for me to feel like paying for PSN is worth it? Either a massive discount on DLC and games in the PSN store for premium members or them sending beautiful women to my house every time I pay my membership fee.

  • In the Survey the asked if people would pay for:
    * Customer Service Priority Access
    * Exclusive Experiences with Sony brands
    * Extended Console Warranty 3 years
    * Access to Beta Games
    * Early Access to Store Game Demos
    * Early Access to All Store Content
    * Member Demo Sharing of Full Game
    * Cross-game Voice Chat Access
    * Full Title Trial – 1st Hour is Free
    * Token Wagering
    * User-to-user challenges
    * Free Access to PSOne Classics, PSP Minis, and PS3/PSP Themes
    * Discounts on Store Content
    * Member Only In-game Content
    * Trophy Alerts
    * Cloud Storage Space for Games
    * Online Music Service
    * Automatic Downloads and Updates
    * Loyalty Program Rewards
    * Facebook Connectivity
    * Catch-up TV
    * Online Video Subscription Service

    None of which seem worth paying any extra for.

  • No
    Only if they want to buy me a Bravia
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    Yeah. None are guaranteed clinchers.

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