Further to NCSoft's recently announced plans to release free to play content on the Sony network, Dallas talked about his company's goal of becoming "device agnostic" in order to break down the segregation of gamers between platforms.
<3 NC soft for this COH/COV FTW!
My only concern is Next Gen gamers being upset with graphics quality of MMO's... May be a turn off. Tabula Rasa looks amazing for an MMO same with WAR. Next Gen gamers may feel let down.... I hope it hits the market and sells though.
now that just goes to show how committed sony is to their customer...even offering free games and content on their network....Xbroke360 continues to charge even to get on their service LOL
Playstation3 innovator...Xbroke360 imitator
Sadly, MS is a little money hungry. I just dont believe in having to pay double to play games online, once for broadband and again for live.
Steam is free why isnt xbl?
One does not have to have an gold account to play pay games, if either of you know it then we'll you'd still say what you say cause your what do you call it....ha la ha la ha la...stupid.
P.S: sony isn't offering free content, NC soft is and it will have ad's on every menu, and it will charge you money for nearly every peice of armor, furniture...ect you want in ur home like all free mmorpgs.
ignorance is bliss........
ignorance is bliss... YOU ONLY NEED Xbox LIVE SILVER TO PLAY MMORPGS!
So you mean to say phantasy star universe, OR Final Fantasy 11 Right now I cant play it if i dont have gold? really?
U my friend are the definition of brainwashed Sheep......U rant and rave about having to pay more for services than people getting them for free? and you try to back up your statements with a biased and obviously flawed logic when at the worst you would have to suffer (OH NO) a few advertisements....truly pathetic in both your console choice, your life and your logic ....Fisher339 dont waste ur time on this Xbroke360 Sheep
Sony's PS2 MMO "EverQuest Online Adventures" is NOT FREE.
Even NCSoft HAS a subscription model for "Dungeon Runners" (which this article names specifically)
"...and the subscription aspect MAY be scrapped in the future"
Thats a big word, "MAY".
Kind of like how Sony said "Home" MAY not be free.
Oh this is such an EPIC WIN for the PSN. Free to Play MMO + a free online play to begin with? I'm there as long as it's good. But you know microtransactions will start to become prevalent though.
But that's how most F2P MMO are anyways. Guess they is a little catch. Which I don't mind as long as the game is good and it last longer than 5 months :3
ad's on very menu, and every thing is charged for except the most basic stuff.
Yeah just like xbox live. Ad's on every menu, and charging for almost every piece of content. You sure you're not talking about xbox live.
He's got you there, Live has a ton of ads on that blade.
Expect in-game ads, I just hope they don't shower you with it.
There's also in-game ads in Rainbow Six: Vegas.
This is a reality of the times my friend :(.
Local TV is free. You know why? Advertisements pay for it.
Local radio is free. You know why? Advertisements pay for it.
The internet is free. You know why? Advertisements pay for it.
It has been proven time and time again that it works and people don't mind.
Sony is going down the same road.
I'm not sure how many of you were around when cable TV first came out but I remember they marketed it at first as advertisement free because of monthly fees. It was later on that they added commercials and ads to make more money because it was proven that people didn't care enough to make a big enough deal of it to make it stop.
This is the road Microsoft has taken.
Thats how I see it.
Local tv...=7 channels in my area, crap quality unless I get a digital attenna to get the HD signals of which there are...2!
Local Radio=bad quality have to hope to get stereo stations....
Internet=really its free? Wow...I don't have to pay money for the net? wow...WHO THE HELL HAVE I BEEN SENDING 30-50$ A MONTH TOO FOR THE PAST 10 OR SO YEARS?!
Wow, WilliamRLBaker, are you really that obtuse?
OK you state:
""Internet=really its free? Wow...I don't have to pay money for the net? wow...WHO THE HELL HAVE I BEEN SENDING 30-50$ A MONTH TOO FOR THE PAST 10 OR SO YEARS?!""
Haha! The Internet is free, what you pay for is the ability to have it faster. lol! Wow!
I have HD local at no cost other than the $15 I spent on the HD antenna.
I pay nothing more! By the way I get all of them and then some. Maybe you should move to a better local HD area.
Local radio has free local HD channels with only the cost of a new receiver. No added fee!
Again you are wrong.
Your comments just get dumber and dumber. You pay your service provider for the hardware to connect your home, not a net access fee. It's like asking if you have to pay for a TV to watch TV. If you log on the internet at a wi-fi hotspot, do you have to sign in with your credit card? No, because the information itself is free.
People keep saying that there will be ads because this game is free. Which I agree but let me ask 360 owners that do they have to pay for Xbox Live to play online? and second is that do they see ads in the dashboard? I believe the answer for both of these question is yes. I know that Live has more contents then PSN but for me personally I connected my 360 and PS3 to the internet to play online not to watch trailers, movies or play demo. Playing online is the most important thing and the PS3 owners don't have to pay to be able to experience it.
I can't wait for the good MMORPGs to hit the PSN. And it's awesome that they'll be free to play. The microtransactions thing, IMO, is a solid business model. It's the same deal as all the downloadable content, and expansion packs, where you get to choose what you want to add to your game, but you can play the main game as long as you want without a forced monthly fee.
OR PAY FOR LAGGY LIVE....
free = good in my eyes
free?? wooooo. PS3 is perfect.
Micro$oft's money hungry and thats what puts me off.
is a GREAT idea for the CONSOLE world.
keep this state of mind NCsoft, and i`ll buy what you put out.
God I love the word free lol, nice work SONY and NCsoft.
I guess many of you forgot this, "Future Direction"... can you guys go now and play any of the "NCSoft's recently announced plans"?
I really hope this happens... You can't blame for xbox live subcribers for being willing to pay for something they can't get anywhere else...
You see what PSN currently is? "announced plans"... Sony promises PSN will eventually have all xbox live features.. and that everything will be free.. well.. I'm personally waiting and hapy if that ever happen...
As of now... can you get all Demos currently (Today) available on xbox live? Does PSN offer you gamerscore, achivements, cross-gamer friend list, game invite, being able to read your messages while playing a game... send voice/text/video messages? Can you invite me to a game session of warhawk even before I put the disk on the console? Can I chose to ignore some jack@ss not only for one game but for all games.. and tell the service not to even let me play against that guy?
play online? yeah sure.. with xbox live you can play online too... but xbox live is not only about multiplayer... I own a high end PC game.. and to be honest with you.. I like xbox live over PC gaming...
There... does PSN offers that today? nope... that's why many xbox live subcribers don't mind paying $4 a month..
write letter to Sony and tell them to hurry up... tell them to provide all these services for free... just so us xbox live subcribers don't have to pay for xbox live... do you think xbox live would not be free if another service would to offer the same features?
And trust me.. Sony fans.. you do not want xbox live to be free... If microsoft managed to give xbox live free while keeping the service features as they are... what would people say about PSN? PSN only strength as of today is that it let you play online for free...
a free xbox live would really hurt Sony... stop pushing microsoft to make the service free... since you are just pushing Sony off the cliff.
First off before I answer some questions I really must say that I could not care less about achievements or a gamerscore. What does it give you but bragging rights? Um nothing, I don't need to brag I'm secure already. The demos on PSN are being released at around the same time as XBL now give or take a day or two. Most of the demos on live I didn't even want to play anyway, quality trumps quantity.
With that said as far as PSN features, cross gamer friendlist is there, you can invite people into games from the game, reading messages from games is limited at the moment, and you can block someone if you want. Voice/text messaging is there and video messaging will be there on Tuesday when the PSEye comes out. The free PSEye video software will also be available on the PSN this coming thursday.
On that note I HATE Games for Windows Live, it's the most clunkiest POS I've ever had thrown on me in a game. It's in the Universe at War Beta and I can't stand it, a lot of PC gamers I've spoken to share my sentiments.
The PSN is far from perfect but so far it's offering me the things that I used in Xbox Live anyway without having to pay for it, and when they start beefing the service up it'll offer more. So unless there's an online game that's not multiplat for the 360 that I actually want, I won't be renewing my Gold subscription next month.
I agree with most of what you said, but you don't have to wait for video messaging. You don't have to use the new eye for that, any pc web cam will do or even the ps2's eye toy. And I agree that achievements and gamercards are not important (even though they do add to some games), are more of a luxury rather then necessity.
Ahh thanks, didn't even try it yet man. Well that's another 1up on the PSN then. I don't really care for achievements but I will admit to it being an ingenious idea. How else will you get people to play that much Hour of Victory or Bomberman Act Zero? When they allow you to cash the points in for stuff, give me a call.
i thought a game console was meant for games, not for movie downloads or tv shows. You have such a double standard when it comes to sony and microsoft. Ps3 offers whats most important for being online with a console, free internet that rarely ever lags.
thumbs up :-)
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