After the PS4 was announced in February, Jack Tretton had mentioned in an interview (can't find link) that he would be open to the possibility of the PS4 offering different tiers for their premium service, like their competitor (Microsoft)
EDIT: Found link of interview with Sony Worldwide Studio boss, Shuhei Yoshida. He mentions the tier system idea. Still can't find the interview I read with Tretton.
If they choose to do this, they mentioned the tiers being modeled after their trophies. Here is what I think would be a great tier system.
Bronze: Free. Pretty much what we have now when you take a PS3 out of the box. (Free online, access to apps, messaging, etc.)
Silver: This would be what we call "PlayStation Plus." As well as maybe some other features. (maybe uStream your games?)
Gold: All of what you get with Silver, as well as maybe limited access to game streaming through Gaikai.
Platinum: Silver and Gold features, plus FULL access to all available games through Gaikai.
The reason I added the uStream feature as a premium service, is that I can't wrap my mind around that being FREE.
That is a LOT of bandwidth. I could see having people being able to hit the "Share" button to allow friends watch what they're playing, be free, but to allow them to stream it over the internet on to uStream for free? I hope I'm wrong, but we'll see.
And I'm only kidding myself if I think streaming old PS games through Gaikai will be free.
How about anyone else? Do you think Sony will use some kind of tier system for premium service? Stick to what they're doing now and just have PlayStation Plus? What would be your perfect tier system?
Well while a premium service sounds possibly bad, without a source I can't believe that there is a premium service and thus it is taken as a rumor to me.
I didn't say there IS a premium service. I said Jack Trenton mentioned he was "open to the idea of."
As of right now, the only premium service available on PS3 is "PlayStation Plus."
But, I have a feeling that may change with the PS4. With all the features they are showing off / talking about, I doubt they will be FREE, nor just PS+ exclusives.
I don't like it.
SONY should keep it simple. PSN & PS+ Any other tiers and PSN will go down the toilet & dry.
Doubtful. It has been proven that it works. See Microsoft.
I'm sure playing online will still be free. If they were to add premium service tiers besides PS+, it would more than likely be features "casual gamers" could live without, while more die-hard gamers wouldn't mind paying a little extra for. (i.e. streaming/recording games directly from your PS4 to your uStream account.)