The free-to-play gaming experience on consoles may soon see some major changes, as new reports have come out stating that both Microsoft and Sony are planning to introduce ads into free-to-play games on Xbox and PlayStation platforms. It’s currently unknown what form these ads will take and which games they will appear in.
We first learned earlier this week that Xbox was working on bringing ads to free-to-play games via a report from BusinessInsider. Noow, a follow-up report from BI states that PlayStation is also looking to make a similar move as its competitor. Though there aren’t specific details on how the implementation will work, one example given by the source referenced in the report is sponsored billboards in racing games.
The implementation of ads will likely be different on a game-to-game basis, so we’ll have to wait until it actually starts rolling out to see how it impacts the user experience, if at all.
Microsoft responded to BusinessInsider’s request for comment by stating “We are always looking for ways to improve the experience for players and developers but we don’t have anything further to share.” The company neglected to directly confirm or deny the reports of its new ad plans.
Free-to-play games make a large chunk of their revenue through microtransaction, whether they’re cosmetic or directly tied to gameplay. Making ads a mainstay in these titles would add another revenue stream for publishers. As major franchises and publishers go free-to-play, companies are likely looking for a way to up their monetization.
Ads are also quite pervasive in the mobile space, and may soon be making their way to consoles as well. As we await official word from Microsoft and Sony, stick with us here on Shacknews.