Sony actively “exploring” Project Ten Dollar-style solution for first-party games

Tuesday, 24 August 2010 07:23 GMT By Nathan Grayson


Look, used game market, it’s not you; it’s the entire videogame industry.

It’s EA, THQ, and now Sony. So yeah, you might want to go ahead and start packing your things. Door’s that-a-way.

Speaking with, SCEE president Andrew House revealed that Sony’s looking to compose its own variation on the theme EA set into motion, which requires buyers of used games to pay an extra fee in order to unlock a game’s online features.

“On the principle of making online portions of the game available or unlocked from the disc-based release for a fee, we’re broadly supportive of that,” House said.”And we’re exploring actively the same option for our own content.”

But oh no! When big corporations sniff money, the fly into a shark-like blood-frenzy, right? Surely free PSN online multiplayer as we know it is doomed! Is what we’d say if House didn’t immediately follow up with this little number:

“In terms of just a charge for basic online play, that’s something that we have to talk about a lot more and we struggle with a little bit because we feel very vindicated and base a lot of the success of PSN today – a 70 per cent connection rate across consoles – on the fact that we’ve removed that major initial barrier to entry.”

However, House also admitted that PSN Plus’ year-long subscriptions have made for the best kind of success story – the pocket-lining kind – and so, he concluded that breaking outside his company’s business model box again certainly couldn’t hurt.

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