According to Sony Online Entertainment CEO John Smedley, 70 percent of DC Universe Online players prefer the game on the PlayStation 3. Speaking to GamesIndustry International, Smedley says that his company has proven that free-to-play gaming on Sony's console is a viable market, and one that's supported well. Smedley makes a good point considering that there are more MMO's on the PS3 than there are on any other console and the PS3 is the only console system that has successfully supported the free-to-play model in games like DC Universe Online and Free Realms. Smedley also gives props to CCP for its PS3-exclusive free-to-play MMO Dust 514.
"It's 70 percent of the audience. Free-to-play on PlayStation 3 is huge," Smedley tells GII. "In fact, right now, it's us with DCUO and Free Realms and our friends at CCP with Dust 514 that are going to prove that this market really works. "There's a lot of people that go through that store and it's so easy to find and download these games that it's a great business model. A lot of people have already stored their credit card information so it's very frictionless if they do want to buy something."
At the same time, Smedley admits that it was difficult to get Sony to allow free-to-play games on the console, but he eventually wore them down with good numbers.
"I admit there was a mindset where when you use the word 'free' people pause. 'Wait a minute, what do you mean by free?' But even then people want to see the results. With DC Universe Online the split that we're seeing ended the debate right there."
You can read the rest of Smedley's conversation with GII here. Ultimately the success of games like Free Realms and DC Universe Online on the PS3 makes many wonder why Microsoft has been so resistant to allowing the same kind of content on its home console..