“We don’t charge for the basic functions of the network like matching services. Things like that are taken for granted on a PC, aren’t they? There’s the feeling of why a game console gets to charge for a service that’s normal on a PC. So, we just made the basic services available, and based our business on the contents,” he said.
interesting. Taking a clear shot at industry-leader Xbox Live, which requires a monthly subscription fee, is pretty gutsy, but I think Kutaragi’s right. Multiplayer is becoming a more and more intrinsic part of gaming, whether it be sitting down with your buddies to play some Halo, or fragging strangers over the Internet. Given Kutaragi’s insistence that the PS3 is, in fact, a computer, making online play free may attract PC gamers who are unwilling to shell out for another monthly subscription. Assuming, of course, they can muster up the $500 buy-in.
Well, whatever they do, we hope they