Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley has said that 70 per cent of the company’s revenues come from PS3.
“We have two operating free-to-play games on PS3 right now – DC Universe and Free Realms. So we’re uniquely placed having helped to build the PlayStation Network in the first place,” he told OPM.
“PSN has the ability right now to handle free-to-play games, and it does so very well”.
“For me my computer is in my office at home, and my TV is in my living room. Consoles are a different type of gaming for me, and I play different games on different devices – but I think the free-to-play model works awesomely on consoles and I think you’re going to see more of it as time goes on.
“It’s going to be much more prevalent on consoles”.
The most obvious candidate for PS3? Arguably that’s Planetside 2, which now has over 1.6m registered players and over 250,000 daily users according to Polygon.
It also revealed that daily revenue for DC Universe Online soared by an amazing 700 per cent once the game made the switch to free-to-play.
“There's a great quote from The Matrix: 'That's the sound of inevitability’," Smedley added. "At some point, when there's a business model that just works, it's hard to fight it.
"Free-to-play is just too good of an idea. The idea is just so simple. It democratizes and capitalizes, makes true capitalism out of the MMO gaming space.”
UPDATE: SOE has contacted MCV to clarify that the report claiming that it makes 70 per cent of its revenue from PS3 is incorrect. It should have read that DC Universe Online makes 70 per cent of its revenue from PS3. The headline of the story has been changed to reflect this.