Free basic service on "PlayStation Network Platform"

PlayStation
Network Platform slide from the PlayStation Business Briefing 2006Going by the working title "PlayStation Network Platform," Sony has announced that the basic level of its online service will be free (at least at first).

While the company's "Live-killer" will readily support the PS3 at launch in November, it is not known to what extent the "PNP" (er, "PSNP"?) will support the PS2 and PSP.

What are supported, however, are voice/video chat, messaging, matchmaking, ranking, game data uploading/downloading, shopping, content downloading, micro payments, subscriptions, and entitlement (i.e., user access) management. All of this will be tied together with a Live-like user login ID/handle name. Hello, 360... More P(S)NP pics follow.

See also:
Service Overview slide from the PlayStation Business Briefing 2006
Loaned Dev Tool Delivery Schedule slide from the
PlayStation Business Briefing 2006

This article was originally published on Joystiq.