Kutaragi: Basic Online Services Should Be Free
What does that mean for you? Most likely free matchmaking services and other basic features such as communication tools. While Microsoft's Xbox Live does provide a free Silver account for some parts of its service, you'll still have to pay to play your favorite games online with friends.
The statement does imply, though, that (akin to MS' "microtransactions") you'll be charged for content-based packages such as extra maps and additional characters.
With all the talk coming out of Sony concerning the PS3 and its status as a game console (they prefer to think of it as a computer or entertainment hub), it's good to see Kutaragi coming along with something decidedly positive for the average consumer.
6/12/2006 Cavin Smith