Sony Computer president Ken Kutaragi is preparing to start getting money from PS3. How? From sale of downloadable content.
This means that PS3 will have an online marketplace like all big businesses have. Like Apple, like Microsoft with XBOX Live.
The good news is that the basic services will be free and only the real content will be charged. In an interview with the Japanese site PC Impress Watch, Ken Kutaragi declared:
“You can’t charge money for network matching and other basic services. These things are just taken for granted on the PC.”
“On the PS3, basic services will be taken for granted while content will be the bread and butter of our business.”
Kutaragi went on to reaffirm Sony’s commitment to promoting the PS3′s online capabilities, stating: “We really wanted to do this with the PS2. But now Apple has realised a successful e-distribution program, it’s about time we made our move, too.”
He said that this service will be available from the first day when PS3 will be launch. This means November 17th.
Also he considered that in a couple of years the PS3 users will no longer need HDD since all the data will be on the server. But he didn’t mention that you still have to pay for each thing you download so of course that no HDD will mean more downloads so more revenues.
But we must wait and see what will become of this idea and how Sony will implement it.