Sony Charging Publishers For Free PSN DLC

On the first day of October 2008, Sony implemented a new system where publishers have to pay for the Playstation Network bandwidth used to download demo, trailers and downloadable content.

At 16 cents per Gigabyte, a popular free DLC or demo may cost its publisher more than $160,000 in the first month. The fee applies to paid as well as free content. Publishers will be charged during the first 60 days of availability for free content, but they'll have to pay the fee for paid content indefinitely.

Playstation 3 is currently trailing behind both Wii and Xbox 360 and this fee is proving to be unpopular among publihsers. "It definitely makes us think about how we view the distribution of content related to our games when it is free for us to do it on the web, on Xbox Live, or any other way - including broadcast - than on Sony's platform," one publishing source said. "It's a new thing we have to budget. It's not cool. It sucks."

Sony refused to comment on the reason behind the fee or the publishers' reaction towards it. "Appreciate the opportunity to jump in here, but we respect the confidentiality of our business agreements with our publishing partners," Sony Computer Entertainment of America spokesman Patrick Seybold said. "Of course we work closely with them to bring their amazing content to our growing audience, and we are focused on ensuring we, and our publishing partners, have a viable platform for digital distribution. We foresee no change in the high quality or quantity of demos and games available on PSN."

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Sony Charging Publishers For Free PSN DLC

ha, thats funny. megagames seems to be really anti-sony since they always have at least 1 article about sony's bulls**t every month, but I see the killzone 2 ad on the front page. The xbox 360 bs articles stopped appearing, and i dont ever recall there being a wii one.

Sony Charging Publishers For Free PSN DLC

Duh, of yourse NERDGAMES is anti-sony. it's run by silly little fratboys who are in love with their f*gboxes or failboxes.Sony's being stupid does not mean The PS 3 is not the single best f*cking console out there right now, ya bunch of stupid sh*ts :-D.Death to america. Die, ameritards.

Sony Charging Publishers For Free PSN DLC

kinda lame of sony really, the PS3 is already lacking good games(this summer looks good tho) and now they bring this fee in which will only discourage developersbut to be fair sony has been taking a loss on the PS3 and since they dont charge for online(like crapbox) they are left holding the bill so they really do need something to pick up the slack

Sony Charging Publishers For Free PSN DLC

Great move, Sony--you're in last place in this gen's console war, you won't consider lowering the price of your PS3, you purposefully made the PS3 difficult to program for, and now this. It's no wonder you're loosing."man sony you screw up more everytime to try to do busines how about you start by firing those 2 ceos you hired that don't know what they're doing then you can undo this crap and make the ps3 appealing to devs. At this rate sony your going to have to pay the devs to have them release even a multiplatform for your dying system.

Sony Charging Publishers For Free PSN DLC

You guys are so lame lol. I really don't see how this article makes megagames xbox fanboys... PSN is a way to advertise games and If publishers don't see the value then screw them. Sony has to finance all this somehow and charging publishers just seems like a logical choice.

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