The latest possibility with the PlayStation 4 is said to offer consumers multiple levels of subscription.
Speaking to the Guardian, Sony president of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida said that the digital world of content now puts Sony in a position to act like a traditional cable TV company and offer multiple membership tiers.
“As more and more services and contents become available digitally, we’ll have more of an option to create attractive packages. So hypothetically we can look at different models–like a cable TV company,” Yoshida said.
“We could have gold, silver or platinum levels of membership, something like that. We can do subscription services when we have more content–especially now that we have the Gaikai technology available,” he added. “With one subscription you have access to thousands of games–that’s our dream.”
Of course none of this is official and Sony has not detailed any sort of pricing for the PlayStation 4; apart from the games that is. SCEA CEO Jack Tretton mentioned last week that PlayStation 4 titles will cost from 99 cents to $60.
Yoshida also added: “We’re shifting our platform more and more to the digital side–PS4 will be similar to PS Vita in that every game will be available as a digital download, and some will also be available as a disc. The Witness will be a digital release and because of the flexibility of the digital distribution scheme, we can have more small games that might be free or available for a couple of dollars, or different services like free-to-play or subscription models.”