E3 2014: Sony Commits To F2P For PS4

Michael Dunaway
By Michael Dunaway, News Editor Posted:

“We're committed to making PlayStation the best destination for free-to-play games.”

Those were the bold words spoken by Sony Computer Entertainment America President and CEO Shawn Layden during Sony's presentation at E3 on Monday.

“Free-to-play offers a great way to discover new worlds and experiences and we think this category will explode on PlayStation in the coming years. Right now, we have more than 25 free-to-play games coming to PS4 in the next 12 months, including Kingdom Under Fire II from Blueside, PlanetSide 2 from Sony Online Entertainment, and Guns Up! from Valkyrie Entertainment.

“And on PlayStation, at point of entry, free-to-play means free-to-play.”

A montage of games followed, with the interesting disclaimer “Certain features available for a fee,” which I'd imagine refers to the presence of microtransactions – free-to-play ain't totally free, after all.

Still, Layden's and Sony's message seems to be that you shouldn't have to pay a fee to access free-to-play games, which has been a strength for Sony and a stumbling block for Microsoft. It takes a little more effort than just selling a game for $60 and moving on, but free-to-play is a viable path for consoles to take. Sony realizes this and is looking to corner the market early while their console competitors spin their wheels.

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Michael Dunaway
Michael Dunaway, News Editor

Michael Dunaway has been part of the MMOBomb team for years and has covered practically every major Free-to-Play MMO title since 2009.

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Discussion (15)

hfghdh 9 years ago
Buy the ps4 so we can give you f2p games that are already f2p on pc.

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no1curr 9 years ago

iLLuNiTriX 9 years ago
Hahahhahahahah Sony and free 2 play, Next joke please

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CByl 9 years ago
If only Square committed to the same policy...

oraphel 9 years ago
Pfffffffft. Good luck trying to beat PC in terms of free-to-play games, SONY. You'll need it.

warframe fanboy 9 years ago
loved the part during sony's press confrence when someone yelled warframe

Your Mom 9 years ago
I mounted your dad, son.

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Yazeth 9 years ago

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