Remember just a short while ago at the Sony conference when they brought up monthly fee's for PSN. The fact that its free is a huge perk to the PS3, especially when its almost identical to competing networks. However things could easily change with the ever growing fanbase of PS3. More users means more servers, more accounts, more thing to take care of. Is it getting too far? Well Sony had this to say recently.
"Servers and the like have running costs, and we would face difficulties if our business depended solely on the sell-and-forget model. After we sell the hardware, though, we continue to sell products such as content and services. We expect to see considerable growth in digital content, such as game download services, avatar items and the like. We can also accept payment in a growing number of ways. In addition to single-payment packaged software, there are also schemes like monthly fees or per-item charges. I think this variety of payment methods will bring about a diverse range of playing methods, too."
In a way it sounds like he is mentioning the several MMO games heading to PSN soon. While DC Universe and Free Realms have no "Pay to Play" model as of now, perhaps they will recieve one and give us a "diverse range of playing methods?" So to you does it sound like another service will be added on top of what PSN already is? Or will we soon be paying to access things that should be free like Xbox Live?