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PlayStation 4 games to range from F2P, 99 cents to $60

Sony's Jack Tretton addressed game pricing for the PlayStation 4 and defended the big-budget $60 experience, saying mobile serves to "bring people in" so they can "migrate up the food chain."

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Sony's recent PlayStation 4 announcement has officially kicked off talk of the next console generation, with all eyes on how console manufacturers will deal with a broadening marketplace. Sony's Jack Tretton says that the games will range in price from what you might expect on mobile to standard console pricing.

"We're going to welcome free-to-play models, games from 99 cents up to those $60 games, but if you really see where the heat is for the true gamer, it's on the console," Tretton told CNBC (via Polygon). "It's still that big form experience."

Pressed if he thinks the blockbuster games are still the most profitable enterprise even as mobile games gain traction, Tretton said, "I think those are additive experiences. They demystify gaming, they bring people in with a bite-sized gaming experience, but ultimately, I think people migrate up the food chain. Conversely if you're someone who considers themselves a true gamer and wants to play the most powerful devices and the most deep, enriching gaming experiences, you're not going to find yourself migrating down the food chain other than to kill some time or complement that core gaming experience."

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    February 22, 2013 9:30 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, PlayStation 4 games to range from F2P, 99 cents to $60.

    Sony's Jack Tretton addressed game pricing for the PlayStation 4 and defended the big-budget $60 experience, saying mobile serves to "bring people in" so they can "migrate up the food chain."

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      February 22, 2013 9:34 AM

      I can really imagine Planetside 2 being a huge deal for them. A good F2P multiplayer game can really draw people towards a platform.

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        February 22, 2013 10:07 AM

        Planetside 2 on the PS4 would be pretty amazing. That could take off. I think a lot of CoD players would have their simple little minds blown by PS2.

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          February 22, 2013 10:22 AM

          And crossplat Planetside 2 could work on consoles since it isn't a twitch shooter, so stick aiming wouldn't really hurt console players that much. Its all about teamwork.

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            February 22, 2013 11:22 AM

            I think it would only work if they could use the same servers, there is a lot of infrastructure in place for that game and I doubt they would double up on it just to support PS4 players. Although you do bring up a good point. It would be hard to compete against people with mouse and keyboard. Even if this isn't the twitchiest of games... it's still a shooter and there is a disadvantage.

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