Sony Online Entertainment
president John Smedley
knows a thing or two about running free-to-play MMOs on consoles. The studio already has DC Universe Online
as a free-to-play title on PlayStation 4, it's bringing PlanetSide 2
to the console soon, and both titles are already free on the PlayStation 3. And there's good reason for it: Smedley said recently to Gamasutra
that players on the PS4 have been monetizing on DCUO
at nearly three times the rate of PC players.
This isn't unique to the newest console, as DCUO
players on the PS3 shell out cash twice as often as PC users. He also notes that it's a challenge to port to the console, as the lack of a mouse has to heavily influence design, plus it requires a method of dropping simultaneous updates across multiple platforms, which in and of itself can be a tricky venture. Read the full article
for more insights from Smedley regarding the console market's free-to-play sustainability.
[Update: Smed further clarified
his statements over Twitter
earlier today. "People think we're becoming a console first shop. NO! consoles are a great place for F2P, but we have always been a PC first company because that's our heritage. We aren't dumbing down PC ever."]