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The rumor is PS3 will soon start charging for online services (similar to Xbox) but will keep the online gaming part of it free. The premium part will come from: PSN full game demo access, extended warranty, Netflix w/out the disk, Facebook. Here is a proposed chart that is floating around out there:
 

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The rumor is PS3 will soon start charging for online services (similar to Xbox) but will keep the online gaming part of it free. The premium part will come from: PSN full game demo access, extended warranty, Netflix w/out the disk, Facebook. Here is a proposed chart that is floating around out there:

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Thanks, but we can't see the file on your local hard-drive. To be honest, the online gaming is the only online feature I really use.
 

thowe21

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I do use the online gaming only also as well. But the thing I would miss is in-game voice chat in COD:MW2. I will have to live without it.
 

Zookster

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I don't really game online, so it bothers me that access to demos would possibly be limited to subscribers only. I see demos as marketing that sells games. Without a demo I would not buy a game I'm unsure of in less it's a must-have, universally acclaimed title like Uncharted 2, Assassins Creed II or LittleBigPlanet. Limiting non-disc access for Netflix to a $70 sub means my Roku will stay out of moth balls until I get a BD-player with Netflix access.
 

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Some good things there (cloud storage of saves), but some really absurd ones that they've clearly kept so they could charge for it later (Netflix access w/out disc, cross game voice chat, automatic downloads and updates)
 

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yeah if that happens I am good....The one big reason I have a ps3 is because I can let it sit there and not pay for it monthly....BUT I was excited for netflix support coming as that is the one thing I have been missing, if they are going to make me pay for it, then I am out...I dont think its fair to charge for customer service prioity..and access to betas ( I have to pay to help make your game better, yeah right)...I would rather give my money to xbox if I am going to be forced to give it to someone as they have a deeper online system and most of my friends are there anyways!
 

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yeah if that happens I am good....The one big reason I have a ps3 is because I can let it sit there and not pay for it monthly....BUT I was excited for netflix support coming as that is the one thing I have been missing, if they are going to make me pay for it, then I am out...I dont think its fair to charge for customer service prioity..and access to betas ( I have to pay to help make your game better, yeah right)...I would rather give my money to xbox if I am going to be forced to give it to someone as they have a deeper online system and most of my friends are there anyways!
AGREED :up Very well put!
 

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Not interested in any of those features. I like the online gaming part and that is it. I have about 30 different ways to check my facebook account and to get online music. No thanks.
 

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I love some of the features, but I already pay monthly for my 360, it was here first and has been a good machine, I don't see myself replacing that experience with this one (largely due to that's what all my friends play, I havent been successful in getting others to get a PS3) OR paying for a 2nd console's 'premium' offerings.

The 360 got many of us accustomed to paying for some of this stuff, and the PS3 now doing it will just get us accustomed to choosing one over the other with our wallet.

Doing this 3 years after launch also looks more like a money grab than anything, this would have all been OK if it were like this at launch... but it's been pretty clear for a while they were out-innovated by the 360's online experience. Now they're working on a better Wii controller for the PS3, while MS goes the way of innovation with Natal (unproven, so TBD how that pans out). At some point Sony will stop copying and innovate themselves (cloud saves is cool, but it's also already done on the PC over Steam).
 

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I'd love cloud saving. I always worry about having my HDD fail and losing ALL my saved progress in my games. Granted, I'd prefer that Xbox provide that capability since I have many more saved games for that than I do the PS3...
 

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I'd love cloud saving. I always worry about having my HDD fail and losing ALL my saved progress in my games. Granted, I'd prefer that Xbox provide that capability since I have many more saved games for that than I do the PS3...

I back mine up weekly to an external HD. Can you not copy your save files to a SD card?
 

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I have the NetFlix disk. Are they going to include NetFlix native to XMB? If so why would that be any better than the disk? Why would anyone pay to use it vs request a free disk from NetFlix?
 

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The convenience of not needing a disc in the drive to access it. It's a pretty stupid requirement if they're going to offer a service that allows you to bypass that need. This would be one of the clear moneygrab features.
 

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I have the NetFlix disk. Are they going to include NetFlix native to XMB? If so why would that be any better than the disk? Why would anyone pay to use it vs request a free disk from NetFlix?

Less Wear and Tear on your System, plus some ps3's sound like a small Air Force carrier taken off all at once when a disk is put in them.
 

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A new Roku would pay for itself in 10 months, and BD-player with NF access in under 20 months. It would be nice if they offered disc-free NF for a small fee for those not interested in one of these premium packages that included it...say a one-time $20 fee.
 

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I am wondering how the extended warranty works, is that only people who buy a new ps3, or would my ps3 all of a sudden go into a 3 year warranty...hmmm sony seems to be just throwing a ton of stuff out there and seeing what sticks and what people like.
 

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I am wondering how the extended warranty works, is that only people who buy a new ps3, or would my ps3 all of a sudden go into a 3 year warranty...hmmm sony seems to be just throwing a ton of stuff out there and seeing what sticks and what people like.

Yeah, it might be worth it if it was a service guarantee program in which the $150 fee would be waived whenever you had to send in any PS3 (all would be grandfathered) for servicing. Otherwise, there are probably better ways to get warranties extended (Squaretrade, retailer, credit card co., etc.)
 

thowe21

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So far this is only a survey that's being floated around by Sony to gauge interest. I don't think they have definite plans yet on what's going to be included in the Premium service but I'm hoping In-game Chat remains free.
 

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