Sony will, it is a certainty, offer paid services on the Playstation Network.
Until now completely free, the Playstation Network will evolve in the coming months. In any case what Kaz Hirai said in a note that was received by some colleagues @ VG247. This note responds to statements made at a conference on "Media / investor" held by Sony earlier in the day conference during which a slide said, what would get a "new money flow through the paid registrations. While we greatly feared that online gaming will become payable in the manner of what happens in competition, the note mentioned above came in time to provide further details.
The boss of Sony Computer Entertainment has indeed added it was "to offer entertainment to users through a mixture of hardware, software, peripherals and Playstation Network. Especially for the online part, we study the possibility of introducing a registration fee, providing content and premium services added to the existing free services"
Online gambling should remain free. But then, what Kaz Hirai talks? Part of the answer is already provided by Sony, which will provide a development kit designed to play from the second quarter of 2010. We should see some new services, visibly accessible to members paying a Premium subscription. We are now awaiting the first service announcements.