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BlackLabel Feb 24, 13
I am going to predict that both Sony and Microsoft charge for their online services but that both will make online gaming free. The reason I predict this is that both Sony and Microsoft will have a lot of premium content that is expensive to keep running like GaiKai for PS4. If Sony and Microsoft can make £49.99 a year seem worth it then gamers may not have a problem paying it.

What I also predict and this is more a Sony prediction as we don't know what Microsoft have planned yet, is that the £49.99 a year will also offer up a PS+ style free game incentive. This could be the same 65 game* a year incentive of current PS+ augmented by a small list of stream-able titles that changes every month. Things like that don't cost Sony much especially the streaming content as it would be PS3 titles mostly, but if it gets people subscribing to pay for the running of GaiKai then it's a good deal for all parties.

*65 games is what PS+ offers currently, I don't actually expect a PS+ style service on PSN to start with that many titles as Sony want people buying games, if they gave away 65 games a year from the start almost an entire years worth of releases would be free and that's not gonna work.
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Slash Feb 24, 13
quote Phil Anselmo
quote Slash
Microsoft can have the best specs but I won't buy it if you still have to pay for online lol
Plus IMO Sony and Nintendo have better exclusives then Microsoft's
Don't be surprised if Sony charges for their new online service.

Nah they won't.
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BlackLabel Feb 24, 13
quote Slash
quote Phil Anselmo
quote Slash
Microsoft can have the best specs but I won't buy it if you still have to pay for online lol
Plus IMO Sony and Nintendo have better exclusives then Microsoft's
Don't be surprised if Sony charges for their new online service.

Nah they won't.
Rumours are they will and even when asked Shuhei Yoshida CEO/President of Sony Computer Entertainment didn't want to answer that question and he's the most open guy in gaming. Taken from the Eurogamer interview with Mr. Yoshida.

quote Eurogamer
Eurogamer: Are you going to change the way that you do PSN so there's a subscription multiplayer service like Xbox Live? Because that's the rumour today.

Shuhei Yoshida: We are still working on service plans or features so we are not ready to talk about that yet.

Now this is a guy that in the same interview flat out debunked the used game rumour and many other things but wouldn't definitively answer something as serious in PlayStation gamers minds. If Sony weren't charging he'd have said no, instead he perpetuated the rumour with a none answer which is completely unlike him.
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Slash Feb 24, 13
If they do that then I'll be picking up a Wii U before the PS4. :V
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ziemlaj Feb 25, 13
quote Slash
quote Phil Anselmo
quote Slash
Microsoft can have the best specs but I won't buy it if you still have to pay for online lol
Plus IMO Sony and Nintendo have better exclusives then Microsoft's
Don't be surprised if Sony charges for their new online service.

Nah they won't.
I heard somewhere that Sony will put a charge on using a PSN but it only because they want to implement new option or generally improve it. Don't sure what exactly they want to improve it.
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THM Feb 26, 13
I'm pretty sure it won't be compatible with current Xbox 360 games or some Xbox games like Halo 2!!!
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