Sony plans to launch its own online service with the PlayStation 3, and the company made it official today.
Sony's brief announcement doesn't really provide any new insights into what Sony is referring to internally as the PlayStation Network Platform, saying merely that it will enable users to purchase and download games directly from the service. Basic access will be free and similar to Xbox Live Silver, gamers will be able to talk to and play against each other. Since Sony is talking about "basic" access, it's safe to assume there will be some sort of pay-to-play, tiered online experience with the PS3.
Chances are that many of the games available for download will be of the arcade variety due to download size. Arcade and possibly some PSOne titles would be a perfect fit. As for full PS 3 games, I know I'd rather run over to Target and buy a game rather than wait for what could be a 20GB download to complete. Downloaded content will reside on the PS3's 60GB hard drive (not much bigger than a single 50GB BD-ROM disc), which probably provides space for three or four PS3-only titles or a couple of HD movies, depending on the codec used. More...
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