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.

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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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