Sony Computer Entertainment America has inked a deal with media head counter Nielsen Company to track gamer behavior for advertising revenue. Nielsen will have access to data on Sony PS3 systems and the company's online PlayStation Network to track video game traffic, the effectiveness of in-game advertisements and demographics …
In game advertisments...
could help sony get a little more money back from the current user base, but it will certainly scare away most new users, who rather pay for their network access (xbox360) than get ads while they are playing.
On the other hand, the wii has open internet access (with the opera browser) and you can actually own the titles you purchase and play web based games with pc users. Sadly the weakest platform (the wii) seems to be the only one that is at least partially open for users and hobbyst developers.
if some advertising round the fringes is the cost of free online gaming, happy days. If I already have to pay my ISP, I'm not giving MS another cut of my salary for gaming that's free elsewhere. I've used online gaming for ps2 and psp and enjoyed it, but would balk at paying for it.
I'd say some people have more money than sense, but since we're discussing early days next-gen consoles, it might be unwise...
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