“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.

15 Readers Commented

Join discussion
  1. hfghdh on June 13, 2014

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

    • lj on June 13, 2014

      Not everyone wants or like pc

      • lj on June 13, 2014

        I am also a console fanboy who never admits that PC drives the industry’s technological advancement and I like to pleasure fat hairy men at truckstops.

        • LJ on June 15, 2014

          grow up sad enough your to chicken shit to use your own name

  2. no1curr on June 11, 2014


  3. iLLuNiTriX on June 11, 2014

    Hahahhahahahah Sony and free 2 play, Next joke please

    • LJ on June 11, 2014

      if its a joke to you i dont get it

  4. CByl on June 10, 2014

    If only Square committed to the same policy…

  5. oraphel on June 10, 2014

    Pfffffffft. Good luck trying to beat PC in terms of free-to-play games, SONY. You’ll need it.

  6. warframe fanboy on June 10, 2014

    loved the part during sony’s press confrence when someone yelled warframe

  7. Your Mom on June 10, 2014

    I mounted your dad, son.

  8. Yazeth on June 10, 2014