F2P video games are offering new and creative ways to play that many PC consumers have adopted. However, that audience has grown with the release of the PlayStation 4. At launch, the console offered popular titles such as Warframe, DC Universe Online, Blacklight: Retribution, and War Thunder in European markets. The PlayStation 4 went on to become the most financially successful 8th generation console selling 4.2 million units: Despite having the smallest library compared to its competition. Xsolla takes a look at how F2P games have benefited the console at launch, and how they can continue to improve in the future.
While Sony may not have had the largest library of games, it did have the most value in its purchase. Starting off at $399, $100 cheaper than the Xbox One, the console is essentially ready to play outside of the box. Consumers only had to invest money in the PlayStation Plus service to instantly have a game library of 4-5 games (This includes the free game that comes with PlayStation Plus.) This is a big advantage the console has over it's competition, and it's mostly due to F2P games. While the games may technically require a subscription to the online service, the F2P titles do not cost anything outside of optional micro transactions. Sony and multiple F2P developers have also come up with ways to make up for the price of PlayStation Plus by offering free content it's subscribers.