The lights are on
Sony boss Andrew House announced that the company's next console allows developers to explore new business models like free-to-play and episodic gaming.
Throughout the PlayStation 3's lifecycle, Sony proved more open to alternative business models than its competition, partnering with Valve to incorporate Portal 2 between Steam on the PC and the PS3. However, the free-to-play revolution that continues to sweep PC gaming has a relatively small footprint on the system.
Perhaps with native support and a larger hard drive, the PlayStation 4 will see free-to-play grow exponentially in the same way it has on PC.
Sony has yet to address the possibility of encouraging the wealth of alternative price points that has helped indie games of all stripes flourish on PC digital download services, but that's another possible upside to Sony's move beyond the $60 boxed products that currently dominate the console landscape.