PS3 owners cringe at the thought of having to pay a monthly fee to get online and play their favorite games like their Xbox 360 counter parts. Well Sony has promised that the service will always be free to play, but now SCE technology platform boss Masayuki Chatani has told Nikkei that Sony will "face difficulties" if they continue to rely on the "sell and forget model".
"Servers and the like have running costs... after we sell the hardware, though, we continue to sell products such as content and services," he relayed.
"We expect to see considerable growth in digital content, such as game downloads services, avatar items and the like.
"We can also accept payment in a growing number of ways.
"In addition to a single-payment package 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."
Don't sound to reassuring there Mr. Chatani. SCEI boss Kaz Hirai recently said that monthly fees were on the way, but nothing gamers should fear since if won't affect access to play online.
Wait and see friends, wait and see.
12/14/09 Ernice Gilbert