We're totally familiar with the idea of subscription fees thanks to the Xbox. Xbox has always had a better system and as a result has felt it okay to charge a little bit to subscribe. But since Playstation is not known for doing a subscription fee. Many gamers have preferred Playstation over Xbox because of the cost. Neither had been announced at the time of the press conferences. We're not sure if they were just throwing it out there and trying to get feedback before making a decision. In case they were (or currently are) looking for opinions from gamers on it; let us make it clear right now that we think this would be a bad idea for Playstation! No one wants to have to pay for something that once was free! Thankfully, Playstation has confirmed that they will not be charging for it. The PSN will remain free.