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Microsoft "feel good" about upcoming Games With Gold as PlayStation Plus runs rampant

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Jonathan Lester
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Games With Gold, Microsoft, Xbox 360, Xbox One

Microsoft "feel good" about upcoming Games With Gold as PlayStation Plus runs rampant

Every time we post something about PlayStation Plus, someone reminds us that Sony are comprehensively schooling Microsoft in terms of freebies and giveaways. The upcoming update sees BioShock Infinite, Outlast and Metro: Last light join the Instant Game Collection, while Xbox Live Gold members can download... erm... Lara Croft and the Guardians Of Light. Now that both services are required for online multiplayer, we can directly compare them, and many players find Microsoft's offerings sadly wanting.

However, apparently Microsoft are planning on upping their game over the first half of 2014, and fancy their chances.

Microsoft Studios' Phil Spencer fielded a loaded question on twitter, as an irate gamer asked "can microsoft give us GOOD free games. look at what playstation plus is getting. can we get something like that?"

"Met with the team, feel good about first half of '14 (that's as far as we talked about)," came the response, before Spencer admitted that "Brothers is a good PSN+ give."

That's promising, since it's clear that Xbox Gold Members are demanding more from their money - and rightfully so. Though PlayStation Plus' freebies are more akin to rentals than actual goodies, with access denied if your subscription lapses, it still pays for itself. Plus, these days, how many of us actually play through a game more than once or twice? Now that PS Plus and XBL Gold are effectively competing on the same playing field, as opposed to a premium extra vs a mandatory online service, the disparity is attracting a fair bit of criticism.

In fairness, Microsoft have certainly beefed up their Gold Member discounts over the last few months, currently offering insane savings on Dark Souls and Tales Of Vesperia, while also providing an enjoyable (if gruelling) fitness suite and superb Kinect-optimised version of Skype on Xbox One. Oh, and some stuff we can't have here in Europe. Great. An unimpeachably strong online infrastructure is also worth paying for in and of itself, of course, so we hope that we'll see smooth lag-free rollouts of Titanfall and other major exclusives this year.

But compared to free games and discounts across three platforms, they've got their work cut out. What do you want from Xbox Live Gold?

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Quietus  Jan. 23 at 14:11

In short, nuffink.:D

Online multiplayer holds no interest for me, and all of the XBLA side of things is available on the free accounts - unless things have changed recently anyway. If they did start to provide a service anywhere near as good as PS+, then I may consider signing back up.

Late  Jan. 23 at 14:15

If we get both Titanfall and Watchdogs for free, both in the month they're released, then I'll say Microsoft have adequately compensated their free games shortfall over the last year or two.

Back on planet Earth, however... I don't know what they've got planned for 2014 but I'd put the mortgage on Sony bettering it.

I love my Xboxes, and haven't had a Sony machine since my ps2, but I can't help be envious of the games they give away on their subscription service.

(To my mind the "free games" thing is, and always was, the same on both consoles. I know that's a contentious point - but I am permanently subscribed to online services and have no intention of stopping that, so a free game is the same as a game that's free for you to play so long as you're subscribed.)

davidpanik  Jan. 23 at 14:36

I don't mind the selection of the Xbox game give-aways actually. I was a late-comer to the 360, so gives me a chance to catch-up on the back catalogue for nowt.

Plus - there was Sleeping Dogs at the beginning of the month.

gmdlogan  Jan. 23 at 20:10

Plus was a huge reason why people jumped ship this time. I find myself wanting an Xbone recently! Thats big for me. Hated the 360 pad which is why i stopped using it. I know i'm in the minority in this one lol.

Crazy Jamie  Jan. 24 at 11:27

I can't say I really have a 'want' list from Games with Gold, mainly because I don't even have time to play all of the PS Plus games that I want to get through. In the past year or two my Xbox 360 really has become irrelevant thanks to PS Plus.

However, there is another potential problem for Microsoft here. I do not have a PS4, but every month I am logging on to my PSN account through the website and 'purchasing' the PS4 content from PS Plus. In a year or so when I come to make the decision as to whether to jump for a PS4 or Xbox One, Sony are going to start with a huge advantage if I already have a library of PS4 games waiting for me. I wonder how many others will find themselves in the same position.

phil16  Jan. 24 at 14:50

I can't say I really have a 'want' list from Games with Gold, mainly because I don't even have time to play all of the PS Plus games that I want to get through. In the past year or two my Xbox 360 really has become irrelevant thanks to PS Plus.

However, there is another potential problem for Microsoft here. I do not have a PS4, but every month I am logging on to my PSN account through the website and 'purchasing' the PS4 content from PS Plus. In a year or so when I come to make the decision as to whether to jump for a PS4 or Xbox One, Sony are going to start with a huge advantage if I already have a library of PS4 games waiting for me. I wonder how many others will find themselves in the same position.


Too true. I'm in the same position with just a Vita. If I was to go next gen any time soon i'd get a PS4 for this reason. Also makes a cheap PS3 look tempting (I have a LARGE back catalogue on PS+ now).

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