House told a group of reporters, including the Wall Street Journal, that the industry might see free-to-play titles as “a much bigger factor” with consoles in the near future.
"It will be a big part of the console landscape in this generation," House said. "But it may ramp up first in Japan because there is more experience of developing those free-to-play gaming experiences."
The remarks support the growing trend of free-to-play gaming crossing with console gaming, with the former bringing casual gamers to consoles and the latter offering free-to-play developers a hardcore audience inclined to spend money on games.
CCP Games marketing chief David Reid said he too believes the future of console gaming has a lot of free-to-play.
“It's only a matter of time before free-to-play gets big on the console,” Reid said in an email to the Wall Street Journal.
CCP itself has published and developed free-to-play title Dust 514 for the PlayStation 3 and is considering bring the game to the PS4.
With the PS3 Sony has embraced free-to-play games and hopes to continue that in the future with the PS4.
Microsoft also jumped on the free-to-play bandwagon last year, offering downloadable games on the Xbox Live Arcade.