Sony: Free-to-play could be "big part" of next-gen

Executive Andrew House says free-to-play games on consoles like the PlayStation 4 could be a "much bigger factor" going forward.

Free-to-play games on consoles like the PlayStation 4 could be a "big part" of next-generation gaming, according to Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House.

"We may well see free-to-play games on console be a much bigger factor," House said during a recent event attended by media, including The Wall Street Journal.

"It will be a big part of the console landscape in this generation," he added. "But it may ramp up first in Japan because there is more experience of developing those free-to-play gaming experiences."

Sony is not the only company that believes free-to-play games may have a future on traditional consoles. CCP Games chief marketing officer David Reid told The Wall Street Journal that, "It's only a matter of time before free-to-play gets big on the console." CCP Games released the free-to-play shooter Dust 514 on PlayStation 3 earlier this year.

Microsoft's Xbox One will support free-to-play games, including launch title Killer Instinct. Beginning November 22, gamers can download the fighting game and play using only Jago. Additional characters will be available for purchase individually or through bundles.

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271 comments
Supabul
Supabul

Just like PC where everything is free to play

neowarrior121
neowarrior121

i think too many people are mixing up what is f2p, p2w and p2p a free to play game tends to be a game where money is not a substitute for "winning" people usually only pay for cosmetics in the game and money are only used because people want to look good or somthing upon these lines, money in these games don't actually improve your chances of winning or anything like that. (LoL is an example)

pay (if you want to) to win games are games in which paying gives an advantage over non paying characters these can be powerups, weapons and equipment or special boosts etc, these tend to be mmorpg games where grinding in the game can make you amazing but paying can get you just as far in a shorter time. (examples spiral knights, TF2 fly for fun, rift etc etc)

pay 2 play games are games in which you can only go so far until your must play to unlock new areas, these games say they're free but they're more like a trial stage till you reach the actual game and isn't truly a free to play game. some examples ( dofus, runescape, WOW (as of there lvl 20 try free service) etc). 

what we want are the first 2 games free to play and play to win as overall people who don't pay can still be as good or better than non paying characters, these are games where your "choise" is actually your choice and you shouldn't feel the need to pay unless you feel its worth it yourself and not because you think you need to. 

wexorian
wexorian

Best F2p gases out in world, Path of exile, Planetside 2, Blacklight retribution, league of legends, "blota 2", Tera,warframe and there are more that are not Pay 2 win, So stop hate for nothing.

Also we wil see those hater comments how they will praise  planetside 2 ,blacklight and warframe on ps4 on launch day for FREE

UNCStriker88
UNCStriker88

Sounds realistic because Microsoft is buying up all the big games that people will be buying so Sony just has to give away games because no one really wants them

wexorian
wexorian

quite funny how many ppl hate F2P word,  But nto all F2p games are pay 2 win, Some call League of legends pay 2 win also so funny

StokeMeAClipper
StokeMeAClipper

Personally I hate the F2P model. Firstly in cases such as the latest RaceRoom game, the free part is basically a demo and if you want a decent amount of content you end up paying a ridiculous amount of money. Then there is the "pay to win" titles, which have deservedly stigmatised the F2P model.

My biggest reason for hating them is that I'm borderline OCD (obsessive but a hairs breadth away from the compulsive part). If I like a title, I like to own all the content for it. In the case of most free to play games that would be far too expensive to do. I wish the free to play business model would die quickly but in agony.

LucentWolf
LucentWolf

Damn I really need to stop reading comments. 

Jasurim
Jasurim

Not something I'm about to get excited about... 

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

And by 'free-to-play' they mean 'pay-to-win'

Primeyuri
Primeyuri

f2p works for now but if too many f2p come out the competition will ruin the model. 

sargentpsgamer
sargentpsgamer

If true, I might as well just cancel my pre-order. Hate pay to win.

racerxgundam
racerxgundam

WAIT a min...if u get killer instinct u ONLY get one character? wtf? so like if u buy the game all u can do is jago vs jago? don't u get some of the roster to play with? just the ninja dude?

> wii u

denhoffi
denhoffi

Don't shit the bed now Sony you have done good until now don't fuck it up...

CyberLips
CyberLips

Free To Play is good, Pay To Win is not....

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

I'm fine with online multiplayer being free, but when they try pay to cheat, I think I'd rather access the save file with a hex editor and give me that edge instead of bribing a company for an edge.

rawkstar007
rawkstar007

Take out the "2P" part and then we'd be talking!

SiLenTWarrior29
SiLenTWarrior29

What is free to play anyway? We all still gotta pay to play smh.

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

Free to Play is the way to go. The best games nowadays are F2P. Nobody wants to play games like GTA V, The Last of Us, they are the past. Today the best games are League of Legends and DOTA 2, and soon, Battlefield 4.

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

Wow, both MS and Sony are disappointing. No matter what you choose, both roads will lead you straight into a lava pit to die.  Good thing there's a third road made from Valve and Nintendo.

drsw36
drsw36

F2P can be good if done right.

Ayato_Kamina_1
Ayato_Kamina_1

@StokeMeAClipper This comment was about as sharp as a page of Oscar Wild witticisms, rolled up into a point, sprinkled with lemon juice, then jabbed into someone's eye.

ryadings
ryadings

@Primeyuri Really? I guess in that case they have to make GOOD f2p games so people will play theirs and not the others. Right now f2p is either "Ah, we couldn't really make a good game, but at least it's free. Buy stuff from the item shop will ya?" or "We made an awesome game! Everyone says it's good. Just remember if you want to level up you need buy stuff from the item shop!" or there's the increasing number of "We know you paid the full price 2 months ago and now it's turning f2p. But we need more players to claim that it is successful!"

If those models are ruined, that is fine with me.

UNCStriker88
UNCStriker88

@sargentpsgamer I think a lot of people will be doing that after realizing the truth about Sony, when you assume...

UNCStriker88
UNCStriker88

@denhoffi It's always good to do your research on a company before giving away your money

denhoffi
denhoffi

@PosiTVEMinD355 So you're saying the best way to escape free to play on the new consoles is PC-gaming, the "home" of free to play? Ok...

Lhomity
Lhomity

@PosiTVEMinD355 Because Valve aren't already heavily invested in free-to-play models, oh, oh wait...

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@Ayato_Kamina_1 @Jinzo_111887 They should be thankful that the console is not being hacked. Free online multiplayer was the opportunity cost of the PS3 jailbreak.

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

@96augment @PosiTVEMinD355 Of course Valve has F2P games.  It pretty much always did but they also have other amazing games that are exclusive to only PC. An example would be Amnesia.

96augment
96augment

@PosiTVEMinD355 I don't play Team Fortress 2 too. I was confused by your statement. It seemed to imply that Valve would never have  free to play games. 

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

@Mega_Skrull @PosiTVEMinD355 @Lhomity I didn't assume anything what are talking about?  Both MS and Sony are basically admitting defeat if their Next Next Gen will be serviced based, and with that, comes more F2P.  Valve have a lot of F2P games but they also hold a lot of Regular, awesome, PC exclusives and have Oculus Rift Support.  Not a PC gamer but it is looking a lot better on the other side