Monday, 23 August 2010

Sony Looks Into Used Game Monetization

Sony is the latest company to state that they're looking to jump on the "charge for online play" bandwagon, revealing that they are looking at their own ways to make a few extra bucks with a Project Ten Dollar-like scheme. Despite that, Sony Europe president Andrew House isn't as big a fan of further exploiting their customers by way of subscription services, like what Activision is discussing with their Call of Duty franchise:
"In terms of just a charge for basic online play, that's something that we have to talk about a lot more and we struggle with a little bit because we feel very vindicated and base a lot of the success of PSN today - a 70 per cent connection rate across consoles - on the fact that we've removed that major initial barrier to entry."
It's only a matter of time before every big publisher goes with a charge for online access, though it's too early to tell if it has any definitive effect on revenue and/or sales. However, might I remind Sony that they already have this system in place?

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