Sony, Microsoft going 'heavily' on free-to-play next-gen, says Epic VP Rein

Sony and Microsoft are telling developers they're "going heavily" on free-to-play and in-app purchasing models with their next-gen consoles, according to Epic Games VP Mark Rein. Speaking in a roundtable discussion at the UK's Game Horizon conference, Rein said both companies will take on the kinds of financial models seen on mobile devices.

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yesmynameissumo1960d ago

Sony's is actually F2P. Microsoft's is F2PayingGoldSubscribers. Let's be real.

Jek_Porkins1960d ago

You can actually download games and demo's and things like that without being a Gold member, also, we're not sure about the pricing for any of the next generation of consoles online. So I'd hold my tongue a bit when it comes to bashing.

Still, I'd like to see a good mix of everything next gen, I have enjoyed some free to play games, but not as much as fuller retail releases.

jimbobwahey1960d ago

Exactly, until Microsoft reveals the next Xbox and what their Xbox Live strategy will be, silly fanboy bashing such as yesmynameissumo's is foolish.

AngelicIceDiamond1960d ago

I knew MS was going F2P next gen. It's no surprise that Sony will as well.

Still waiting on Ascend New Gods (Anytime now)

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1960d ago (Edited 1960d ago )

Either way when it comes to console games money grubbing will be worse than on pc.

Average joe Console gamer will change the world for the worse.

Can't wait to see what activition and EA does on console.

Planetside 2 and hawken are great though.

DeadlyFire1959d ago

So does this mean we could see many IPs having a free2play multiplayer mode? Similar to Uncharted 3 going free to play.

This to me spells Planetside 2 coming to PS4.

I see nothing wrong with free to play if the content has a value. I feel like many free to play games I sample have no value to them so I drop them after a week Unless I like them.

yesmynameissumo1960d ago (Edited 1960d ago )

What does downloading demos have to do with F2P games like Happy Wars only being free to Gold members? Oh, that's right...nothing. Set your blind defense to "low".

from the beach1960d ago

Mark Rein's comments refer to next gen.

yesmynameissumo1960d ago

My comments refer to the Micorsoft's current implementation. Don't see it changing with next gen either.

from the beach1960d ago

Me either, but Sony's might.

princejb1341960d ago

I don't see MS changing their strategy either
Xboxlive has been successful for 2 gens, so why would they drop it and lose revenue

Knight_Crawler1960d ago

Simple new gen means new fanbase.

The reason why MS got away with last gen was becuase of Sony messing up with the PS3 pricing and PSN not being up to par with Live.

Sony has learned its leasson wiht the PS4 and are offering a bunch of features like corss game chat and many more that surpass Live.

MS will have to offer allot more than what Sony is offering to justify $60 a year - if they dont they will loose a boat load of fans to SOny.

BLow1960d ago


If you think MS is just going to give up a billion dollars a year then you're not really thinking things through. Apparently, people are willing to pay Live and MS knows this so they will continue to charge. I won't hold out for MS to announce free online play as long as people keep opening up their wallets.

princejb1341960d ago


I disagree
MS got away with it with the original Xbox where they had millions subscribers
And only added millions more on the 360

In my opinion Psn and xlive were on par
I didn't need cross game chat and a few other gimmicks to make me pay 60 a year
Online to me is been able to just play online
Chatting and everything else is just a extra features

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nthstew1960d ago

this not new for Sony, they already published F2p games like dust 514 or uncharted 3 multiplayer for free and also not forget about free games for PlayStation plus..

MasterCornholio1960d ago (Edited 1960d ago )

Well it will be free to play for Microsoft if they allow people to play the game online without XBOXgold otherwise i wouldnt consider it a F2P game with an xboxlive gold subscription attached to it.

For example: I can play DC Universe and Dust 514 for free on PSN with no subscriptions attached to it but if i wanted to do the same on XBOXlive....

Wait does the 360 have any FTP multiplayer games? because i cant find any.

Eldyraen1960d ago

Technically isn't Happy Wars or whatever ftp? I never tried it but think it was advertised as FTP when I saw its trailer once. Think Ascend was shown at the same time...

FTP equal to Sony's probably not though.

yesmynameissumo1960d ago

F2P for Gold, 800 moon bucks for Silver.

Eldyraen1960d ago

@yesmtnameissumo: thx, sounds about right as might had been free for gold. Not sure as I said.

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