Masayuki Chatani, Sony’s technology platform boss has told Nikkei that the company will â€œface difficultiesâ€ if it continues to rely on the â€œsell-and forget modelâ€ that they currently employ.
â€œServers and the like have running costsâ€¦ after we sell the hardware, though, we continue to sell products such as content and services,â€ he said, before continuing â€œIn addition to single-payment packaged software, there are also schemes like monthly fees or per-item charges. I think this variety of payment methods will bring about a diverse range of playing methods, too.â€
What I hope is that he’s reiterating Kaz Hirai’s previous statements about the PSN remaining free, and that they’ll be adding more premium services – much like with Qore – to the line-up. Many people also suspect that Sony may look to charge subscriptions for any MMOs that make their way to the PS3
The PSN is coming along quite nicely for a service that’s only 3 years old – and I’m fairly certain that online play will remain free indefinitely. It is, afterall its biggest selling point against the 7 year old Live service.
Source : CVG
Last Updated: December 15, 2009