In an interview with USA Today, Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime has confirmed that its online service for its upcoming system will be free, no strings attached
Here we go again! Free online play for Wii!
How about showing what it looks like, and how it works! I guess Nintendo and Sony will spend the next few months just saying "free online play" and not show anything. Show something already!
Exactly when are they supposed to show anything? Germany? Tokyo? Or hold a private press conference for everyone in the world to see how the wii-online or SonyOnline work. That costs money.
Microsoft didn't show a thing about xbl when it was announced. Wait for the release of the consoles then say something. There are two important trade shows ahead.
So PC's are free to play online
The Wii is free to play online
PS3 is free to play online
Why are 360 gamers happy with paying for the online?
Sorry bub, we get it for free
Wait untill you see what you get.
Sony said the same for PS2 and well we all did see what free online gaming was meaning...
TERRIBLE MOMENTS PULLING HAIR OUT OF YOUR HEAD
because it didn't work
So I'll just say: who is going to pay then if consumers aren't? Someone has to
PC gaming is free
Say something about that, please
And yeah, the ps2 online is crap. The xbox online is good.
Sony isn't exactly known for their networking talents. Microsoft IS. So would you expect anything less from microsoft to make a good online system, and sony to make a mediocre online system?
The difference is, now sony has a network system to base the new ps3 online system on. Xbox Live.
So dont expect the ps3 online to be the same as ps2 online.
And yes, the ps3 online is free. Its the downloadable content you pay for.
xbox's 360's main selling point is not going to be unique anymore
"Free" might be their way of saying that they just can't complete with Xbox Live and so really there is no way they can charge for it.
Same thing with Sony. As far as I can tell "free" means that they are leaving a lot of development up to the individual developers and that they will not have a unified service perse - just a bunch on plug-ins in their operation system. If this is the case; then the online for the PS3 will completely suck! Not to mention the fact that most developers will not spend the extra time and effort to simulate what Microsoft has already provided them (for free) on the 360. This would mean that Sony's online isn't really free because as a business model - it would still pass on the development costs to the consumers - both in terms of monetary cost and reduced developer support.
The Map packs alone have already made Activision over a million dollars on Live Marketplace. So when you take everything into account; Microsofts business model may still be far and away the best with a superior feature set in and better developer support in Xbox Live's unified service = better / more games = bigger install base = better / more games = ...
oh crap! blah blah! i`m having fun on ps2 online..still can`t beleive i get to play free without sliding a card
send me a game invite.
What's your game score?
Whats your Global Tag name?
With how many people do you voice chat while playing?
Get a PC and play battle field and you will not want to play a PS2 online game ever.
EXACTLY, "The word "free' doesn't mean anything to me until I know what it is" -blurry
And as of right now no one knows what to expect from titles that have to support their own online. You know how complex and expensive it is to run a games server. PS3 online will most likely make you pay individually for each games server. Like WoW but not as expensive. IT'S NOT XBOX LIVE because xbox live supports and runs the games, PS3 online doesn't. They require developers to FULLY run and maintain servers. It will cost them tons of money so how can PS3 fanboys be so confident it's free when they have no idea what to expect. Sony's not giving you anything the 360 silver isn't.
And the wii, the amount of online players is going to be quite small indeed. Like 10%, and think of this way. The public, not rare fanboys, view the wii as a childs console.
Multi console buyers will of course use it on their online but most won't. And again we have no idea what to expect from a console 2 months away. If you ask me that's weak for sony and nintendo, don't expect much.
I can see thier online beeing more free(if that makes sense) than the PS3 one, since its costing so cheap to make the system. Since it has declared to be a second console in homes. , alot of people will get it. The Wii will be profitable I think even before 360/PS3.
So if I can play SSB online for free and play old-scool games then I'm sure they could offer it.
On the other hand the PS3 will be loosing so much money out the gates(as expected with mose new consoles) that I question this totally free online thing. Unless its based on the PC model then we already know what that is like.
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