I just came back from a focus group regarding Playstation Network.
It seems Sony is thinking of implementing a rewards/loyalty service and/or gold (360 like) service.
They gave us 3 options at the meeting:
(A) Rewards: You don’t have to pay, just sign up and you get rewards based on your activity on the network, like playing games, downloading demos, posting on the boards, watching movies, Home, etc…throughout the year you get rewards like discounts ($5, $10 or $15 off games), Home stuff (virtual clothes, houses, etc.)
(B) Rewards and Gold Service: You have to pay a fee. You get whats in option A plus exclusive network access, even more Home stuff, exclusive demos, 10% off PSN, other things I forgot. I’m not sure if it means better network service as good as or better than Xbox Live, but I just assumed that and we kept hammering that point to the moderater even though he just wanted to talk about these rewards and subcription service.
© Gold Service: Just the gold service, no rewards.
I myself liked (A) a lot with the choice to get ©, (B) seemed that you had to pay, but it wasn’t really clear. There was no timetable as far as when or even if they are going to implement this, but I got paid $100 for yapping about PSN for a couple hours so I’m not complaining.
What do you guys think?