Playstation 4 winning the Free-to-Play console war - Gamescom 2013

MMOBomb Staff
MMOBomb Staff August 23, 2013

For all our readers who've been following the console war closely, the news of the PlayStation 4's dominance in the Free-to-Play console space may come as no surprise. The console's dominance was made even more clear once we arrived at this year's Gamescom convention in Cologne, Germany.

It was with great pleasure that I found Warframe, War Thunder, and Blacklight Retribution, all playable on the PlayStation 4, at Sony´s booth. There I had the opportunity to try them all while also having a nice chat with some of the developers for both Blacklight Retribution and War Thunder.

All the games looked and felt just as good as their PC counterparts. Both Warframe and War Thunder will support cross-platform play between PS4 and PC, including synchronized updates. On the other hand, Blacklight Retribution will not be cross platform, and will update independently.

For now all the Free-to-Play titles that have been announced on the Playstation 4 have yet to be confirmed for the Xbox One. In fact, one of the Blacklight Retribution developers even told me they have no plans for the Xbox One at this time.

Sony has done a great job securing a healthy and competitive lineup of Free-to-Play games for the Playstation 4's launch. Microsoft by contrast have only announced a couple Free-to-Play titles.

It's still unclear whether Sony struck a deal to ensure the aforementioned games were Playstation 4 exclusives, or merely set to launch for the PS4 first with Xbox versions in tow sometime in the future. This has been the case with other Buy-to-Play titles in the past, but F2P games present their own unique challenges which Sony seems to better equipped to handle at present.

By Luis Dobreira

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Discussion (33)

Soul 8 years ago
first your all being pc noobs i play alot oof games on pc and on consle and tell you truth pc is good but consle brings the real fun with its controler and friend list you can say graphics screw hat thats now what games are made of o its not mature f***k that i have meet some really good people ingame who are better than people i see wheni leave my house or on pc this is not to dis pc this is to make you understand consle are less of of a hassle well cost less than pc over time AND PLAY STATION PLUS IS CHEAPER THAN XBOX GOLD so plz stop saying bad things everything has its pros and cons pc is not perfect but its fun so plz give everything a chance and people with controler are not gona hold people back there gona pawn controlers give more direct control though it can also back fire and limit what you can do so yea thats what i got to say peace my fellow gamers let your gaming spirts roam free

devilr 8 years ago
When i was young i play on PS2 ...but now i play PC and its better ,i will never go to console,even if the graphic are better than a computer ,the player of console game are not mature ,PC are more mature i think ,and we have a lots of frère game more good than b2p game ,we have steam too if se went to buy game,it décembre i will have my gamer PC ,have fun with your ps4 or Xbox one ;)

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Cyberpunk 8 years ago
Been waiting for cross-platforming,hopefully there will be more and more of this.Why?because it will greatly increase population of all games f2p or not and will keep games alive longer

FenrisBrood 8 years ago
I new PS4 wold win this war LMAO i mean look xbox is good but microsoft is geting over rate now days... look at the new OS..windows 8 LMAO and they dont want to lose that $21 ever month or so PS2 and 3 is fully free online gameing or i no ps2 was idk ps3 but I am happy to have more player to pwn with my PC game's LMAO hehehe hope they get APB Reloaded and the other's to do it to ... i love my keyboard and mouse i wold never trade them for a controller .... poor microsoft is going down hill

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dagudman 8 years ago
Who is Luis? A new addition to MMOBomb?

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Ocram 8 years ago
Also the PS4 is better for F2P games because is 100% free in Xbox we have to pay for Xbox Live.

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InDaFaceGr 8 years ago
ps4 is better than xbox one i think at least in F2P.

Gamer X 8 years ago
Everyone knows ps4 won that already . It definetly already won the console war :)

creiv 8 years ago
change wether to whether, in the article, because wether is a term referring to a castrated ram...

jesterhead85 8 years ago
PS4 is winning the console war... plain and simple..

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Mystika 8 years ago
It's good that F2P games are hitting the PS4 (of the consoles being released this year, I expected it would be so).

However, I'll never understand why some people are so obsessed with this so called "console war" and that their console of choice must "win" it.

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Jowns 8 years ago
I don't play War Thunder but with Warframe wouldn't the guy with the controller be at a disadvantage as far as competing alongside the PC Players or even keeping up?
Not to say people don't already use whatever controller it is already for Warframe but I can see the people lacking behind being the ones playing on the Ps4 with PC players.

The Blacklight Retribution Devs of course understand that there's no fair way to have cross platform with PC players because its PVP but I still wonder about Warframe at least...

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