Originally Posted by George
It looks like we won't be getting that many demos on the PS3. But i think it's a small price to keep the PSN free.
Is $70Aus that big a price to pay per year for a faster more stable online experience?
With SONY losing a billion dollars last year, I can't see them continuing the free service for ever.
As to charging publishers, this seems a little one sided to me. I bet you dollars to doughnuts that SONY won't charge big publishing houses the fee for fear of losing premium titles for the console. (Imagine if EA said they would no longer develop games for the PS3 due to the cost of demos and online services, SONY would back flip so fast ... any console manufacturer would). This means that the smaller developers will still pay and have another obstacle in their way and titles that are not quite as formulaic as the games that get regurgitated every year may be lost. (Only a theory of course but an educated one.)
Maybe they should bite the bullet (deal with the backlash) now and at the very least discuss the pro's and con's of a free vs paid service with their users.
I may be in the minority, but I would happily pay a subscription fee just to get the updates faster, or access to demos from smaller publishers, let alone better online play.