SCE technology platform boss Masayuki Chatani has been discussing the evolution of the PlayStation Network, including plans to accept a growing number of payment methods such as “monthly fees”.
“Servers and the like have running costs, and we would face difficulties if our business depended solely on the sell-and-forget model. After we sell the hardware, though, we continue to sell products such as content and services,” Chatani told Nikkei.
“We expect to see considerable growth in digital content, such as game download services, avatar items and the like. We can also accept payment in a growing number of ways. In addition to single-payment packaged software, there are also schemes like monthly fees or per-item charges. I think this variety of payment methods will bring about a diverse range of playing methods, too.”
Chatani didn’t specifially outline the type of content that would be subject to monthly fees, which were first broached in a Sony investor presentation last month. At the time, SCE CEO Kaz Hirai confirmed that the company is exploring the possibility of introducing a PSN subscription model. While online gaming on PS3 is expected to remain free, unspecified premium PSN services could be charged for.