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The possibility that PlayStation owners could be forced to pay for access the console’s online network has reared its ugly head again, following comments by a Sony executive.

In a recent interview, Peter Dille, Senior VP of marketing and PlayStation Network at Sony Computer Entertainment America, admitted that the company is still considering implementing a PSN access fee.

Charging gamers to access PSN is “something that we're actively thinking about”, Dille told gaming website IGN.

Sony boss Kaz Hirai has talked about the possibility of a PSN access fee in the past.

The PSN is described as “a free-to-access interactive environment where you can play online games, chat to friends and family around the world and surf the web”. Charges apply for some content.

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Access to Microsoft’s rival online service, Xbox Live, is free, though gamers must buy a Gold membership pass to access premium content and services.

Dille stated that he had “no announcements at this point in time” to make regarding possible implementation of a PSN access fee. ®

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