The service will probably follow a similar pattern to Microsoft’s Xbox Live, which offers a free basic package for messaging and information, and a subscription based premium package which allows users to download additional game content and play online.
With digital distribution increasingly becoming a part of the gaming industry landscape, it seems likely that Sony will attempt to steal a march on its opposition by offering its film and music content through the service too.
The PS3 is set to be released in November, with the online service to be trialed in Japan initially.
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