Sony Considering "Pay To Play" Titles For Network?
We already know about Sony's consideration of a Premium Subscription Service for the PlayStation Network, but have we thought about a possible influx of MMOs or other games that require a fee to play?
Up to this point, the only examples of these are MMOs and episodic experiences that require you to purchase and download new gameplay portions over a certain span of time. Might we start seeing more of these games in the near future, in an effort to generate more revenue for the ever-expanding PSN? According to another survey Sony has issued to journalists and gamers alike, there is the possibility that you will have to pay to play at some point in the near future; however, bear in mind that we're not talking about paying to play a standard game online. That will remain free, of course; we're dealing with games - possibly like MAG - that would require a monthly fee to play online, like World of Warcraft, for instance. As the article points out, the PS3 could certainly handle the likes of WoW but without a paid subscription service in place, Activision Blizzard probably wouldn't think too highly of the idea. But what do you think of it? "Pay to play" is hardly a new concept, but it might be new for non-MMO-ers who aren't used to the idea.
For those who only casually use the PSN to download a few demos and trailers here and there, you might not be interested in any premium service for either PSN access or playing games. But hey, that's your option. What you're doing now should certainly remain free.
12/29/2009 9:17:22 PM Ben Dutka