Oh Sony, just when things were getting good. Based on two separate reports that came out today, Sony is getting ready to level a one-two punch on anyone foolish enough to think that they've finally figured out how to keep the PS3 competitive.
The first swing comes in the form of downloadable content. IGN is reporting that, while Sony is getting more interested in making PS1 and PS2 games available for download on the PlayStation Network, when asked by IGN about the probably of more top-tier PS3 games like Warhawk being available for download at launch, the answer was a little less inspiring.
PlayStation senior VP Peter Dille replied "No, I don't think so — at least, not any time soon." This seems a bit odd to us, largely because it costs Sony next-to-nothing to offer that option to people who don't care about getting a game's package and would rather just play the game as soon as possible with as little contact with the outside world as they can manage. Whatever, time to bust out the sweats pants and schlep it down to Gamestop again like the common folk. Such is life.
But wait - there's more! The fact that Xbox Live Gold Accounts cost players $50 a year, while PSN users enjoy largely the same experience completely free has been a significant advantage for Sony loyalists for years now. But, that too may change soon:
Will we charge for it or why don't we charge for it? It's been our philosophy not to charge for it from launch up until now, but Kaz recently went on the record as saying that's something we're looking at. I can confirm that as well. That's something that we're actively thinking about. What's the best way to approach that if we were to do that? You know, no announcements at this point in time, but it's something we're thinking about.
Sony, here's a pro tip: Spend less time thinking about new ways to charge your customers for things they already get for free, and more time thinking about why Gran Turismo 5 has been in development for six years.