More PS3 Problems: Sony Sticks Publishers With Downloadable Content Bill

imageNow you can add something else to the growing list of gripes that game publishers have against the Playstation 3: *Sony* is charging them a “network bandwidth fee” for all downloadable content they make available through the PlayStation Network. The 16-cent-per-gigabyte fee was quietly rolled out in the beginning of Q408, and publishers have to pay it even if they’re giving the content away for free. That may not seem like much at first, but if a 1 GB, free demo got downloaded by a million users, that’s an extra $160,000 a publisher would have to kick back to Sony — and that’s on top of the development costs.

Distributing content via Microsoft’s Xbox Live is free, and as MTV Multiplayer reports, a contrast has some publishers rethinking their entire downloadable-content strategy:


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