Sony Calls Subscription-Based Model 'Our Dream'

by Jeff Cork on Feb 25, 2013 at 07:10 AM

Back in July 2012, Sony announced that it had acquired streaming-content service Gaikai. Shuhei Yoshida, Sony president of worldwide studios, provided a bit of insight about what that partnership could offer in the future, including the potential of a subscription model.

Yoshida said in an interview with the Guardian that the prevalence of digitally distributed content allows Sony to examine how they get games into players' hands. "So hypothetically we can look at different models – like a cable TV company," he 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. With one subscription you have access to thousands of games – that's our dream.

It sounds a lot like a refined and expanded version of the PlayStation Plus service that's currently available. Considering that PlayStation Plus didn't release until about four years after the PS3's launch, there's plenty of time for Sony to figure out the specifics, if the company even decides to explore this model further.

We also interviewed Yoshida at the PS4 event about PS4 and Vita interoperability, the new camera, and more. Check out that interview here.


[Via: Edge Online]