Xbox Live Games with Gold vs. Playstation Plus Instant Game Collection - a one-sided battle

GameZone writes, "The core difference between PlayStation Plus and Games with Gold is in the definition of “free” games. PlayStation Plus offers games for free as long as you download them when they’re being offered and you then maintain a membership. Stop paying and you lose access to the games, but you can always starting paying again later to get your games back. With Games with Gold, as long as you have a Gold account when the game is available and you download it in that timeframe, you keep the game forever, whether your account lapses or not."

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MariaHelFutura1637d ago

Playstation Plus: It Only Does Everything.... Better.

Colzer011637d ago ShowReplies(37)
Cmk01211637d ago

playstation plus perks are better the service as in functionality is far worse than xbox live. thus ps3 great for offline gaming and MS solid for online and offline

HammadTheBeast1637d ago

Actually, functionality is pretty much the same, and to be honest, more PS3 games have dedicated servers online than 360 games.

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AceBlazer131637d ago

There it goes again that false claim Xbox owners came up with to give reason to paying for for gold.

nukeitall1637d ago

Does anyone else see a problem with this?

I mean, if people start spending more and more time playing old games, then there will be less people buying new games and the cycle of downward spiral start.

I hope this isn't the norm next generation!

HammadTheBeast1637d ago


It's just an added feature, I doubt the industry will collapse if people start playing older games...

kayoss1637d ago

Try telling that to Naughty Dog and their really really popular game The Last of Us. Oh yeah the Call of duty franchise wants a word with you too.

Hicken1637d ago


Did that just happen?

Now, more free games is a bad thing for the industry.

Man, there are some seriously delusional fanboys on this site, but nukeitall just went into greenpowerz territory with that comment.

MrBeatdown1637d ago (Edited 1637d ago )


We all know Netflix has been the death of the movie and television industries.

T21637d ago

Oh look its the new king troll nukeitall yet still has bubbles weird ....
You keep logging onto gold for the cricket symphony while I cant wait till my gold expires ...

M-M1637d ago

Welcome to the mind of nukeitall.

moparful991637d ago

Nuke seriously dude your comments get worse by the day.. How on earth does your comment make any sense to you? Free games encourages people to play more games exposing more fans to different genres, games, and studios...

nukeitall1636d ago

You compete for peoples time and money. The money is minimal, and the time sink is massive, so yes this isn'¨t good for the industry.

Since I strted using Netflix, I haven't bought a single movie or rented one. Heck I don't go to the theaters anymore either.

Say what you want, but it is just like the tablet/smartphone thing, it eats its way into the industry.

Is PS+ good value? It is a heck of a deal!

Is it good for consumers? What isn't good for the industry eventually becomes bad for consumers.

That latter part is the real deal. Nobody watches a single movie for hundreds of hours, but you do play a game many times hundreds of hours (well some do, I don't due to time constraints).

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PS3PWNSALL1637d ago

I didn't have AC2 until MS made it available on XBL for free. Now I own it and can keep it forever, XBL subscription or not.

moparful991637d ago

How many times are you planning on going back and playing it once you beat it? Exactly after a while it will just take up space on your hard drive.. Plus has a constant stream of new games so there's never a shortage of games to play... I don't know how many games I've deleted that I got from plus.. I just can't play that many games.. Besides as long as I have my sub I can redownload any game at any time.. Period.

Couldntfindasn1637d ago

It's unfair to compare the two. Xbox Live offers a better online gaming experience. Better servers along with key features such as cross game party chat. That's what you get with Live. This is just a little/poorly done add on. And to add to your comment. Ps plus doesn't do everything lol with ps plus you are just paying for these games, which is a great deal and I think it's a great program, but when it comes down to each service, live will give the best online gaming experience.

BillytheBarbarian1637d ago

So people like psPlus where you don't get to keep the games...just rent. It's just digital gamefly...where most games you can rent are either old or aren't doing so hot on sales charts.

If the Last of Us shows up on psplus within 3 months or so I'll be impressed.

Xbox deals are actually decent. I got Nba2k13 for 20$ on demand mid season so the hype train wasn't over. Borderlands 2 was only ten. I get to keep them when gold is gone too.

moparful991637d ago

Gamefly Cost over $100 a year and you can't receive another game until you send the current ones back.. PS+ doesn't restrict how many games you can have at a time, you keep them as long as you have your sub, you get a slew of other features like cloud saving, automatic updates, and deep discounts on NEW releases.. Your comparison is invalid..

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BallsEye1637d ago

Now that is just wrong. Sorry mate but if you really believe PS plus is a better online experience than XBL then you are just a sorry arse fanboy. I do like PS plus deals but online service is nowhere near as good as XBL.

Tee7soo1636d ago

dude no offense, but you are annoying.

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iamnsuperman1637d ago (Edited 1637d ago )

I think the game with gold idea is to get people to renew their subscriptions for the next year. Then they are slightly more compelled to by the One as their next console if you are on the fense (which I assume a lot of people will be). It is relatively uncostly move for them so why not and it could generate some good PR (for people who do not go here for news and opinions)

The PSN+ thing will be an issue in the first year of the PS4. I would assume/hope Sony has this planned out though. They could offer indie games for free or somehow bring some PS3 games to the PS4 through an emulation of some kind

"There’s a catch, though: emulation. The PlayStation 3 doesn’t read PlayStation 2 discs (at least not anymore), but it can play PS2 games via the PlayStation Store in an emulated environment. Yoshida concedes that this is possible for PlayStation 4 supporting legacy PlayStation consoles as well. Indeed, the Gaikai presentation during PlayStation 4’s reveal touched on this “everything, everywhere” mentality. But for now, downloaded PS3 games won’t work “unless, somehow, some games work on emulation. And the easiest thing, technically, would be to make PSone games work on PS4 with emulation. But we’re not talking about our emulation plans as yet" from

I assume they will/need to discuss this issue at TGS or Gamescom because this is a big unanswered question for me. The could easily stick two fingers up at us and we have to wait a year or so before we really benefit from PSN+

MariaHelFutura1637d ago

I'm not sure how getting a trimmed down version of a game at launch (Driveclub) and Outlast after will be an "issue". For the first while it'll be indie games. Them giving Driveclub shows their dedication to the service.

moparful991637d ago

Sony knows that most of the people that are getting PS4's in the first 6 months will be the core audience. Most of whom probably have a ps3. Once the Gaikai service launches(I predict it will be included with the plus sub) and they figure out how to get the entire playstation catalog streaming through gaikai then plus will appeal to the non core or those coming over from xbox..

Smoovekid1637d ago

You get more games with PS+ and even if you go a year without PS+ when you resub you have all your games back.

You also only need 1 PS+ account for PS4,PS3 and the Vita.

Jazz41081637d ago

You guys do realize you wont be able to play online without paying for these services on either console next gen.

gtarhro71637d ago

Sooo it'll be the same as Xbox Live, except more free games!

joeorc1637d ago


that's not completely true @ all, Unlike the xbox platform, you can still play Multi-Player online games for free, on the playestation 4 as long as they are free to play or even MMO's. Microsoft's platform for any multi-player online gaming still needs Gold, so its not exactly the same thing for both platforms.

PSN_ZeroOnyx1637d ago

And PSN only requires one plus membership on the system for all accounts to play online.

Xbox live however requires each individual account on the system to have it's own gold membership. I know people who share an account BC they won't pay twice on one system.

DrRobotnik1637d ago

Ps4 = Free new games.

Xbox1 = Free old games.

trafalger1637d ago

plus has free old games and some fairly new games. when plus started the games were not that great, its gotten much better over time and on the vita there are some really good games for free.

the problem with xbox gold is most things need gold even netflix. im glad sony is putting pressure on m$ to give more value out of gold.

Cmk01211637d ago

ill be interested to see if sony steps up the stability of the service. they dont have a home run first party title that is online king. they didn thave basic feautres like party chat and the ps store was slow i think thats why they started the free game program and why it was free to play online. already with next gen coming they are making you pay to play online like MS was so hated for and they are giving a portion of a new game away not a full fledged new title in full. so itll be interesting if the service gets better with money needing to go into it if they will still give away top tier titles. MS treats it like biz, i dont see how sony makes money giving away over 1000 worth of games and not charging for online but thats just me, i dont fault sony for that its great for consumers and kudos to them just from money side dont see how they pull it off

HammadTheBeast1637d ago

Wtf are you saying, you're just rambling on now....

MoonConquistador1637d ago

@Hamad, way to go adding to the debate, why not refute what Cmk is saying rather than tell him he's rambling. Apart from COD, what games on PS3 get the same numbers as Halo or Gears online. His point about the slow store and just the general sleekness of the GUI are also both valid.

But I'd still rather a company who put the effort into the quality of their games first and deal with the menus later than the other way around, so step aside MS

XabiDaChosenOne1637d ago (Edited 1637d ago )

"they dont have a home run first party title that is online king."
So Gran Turismo and Uncharted don't exist anymore? Secondly their isn't just one or two relevant exclusive titles on the PS3 that monopolize online gameplay. There is multiple QUALITY options whether it in the racing or TPS/FPS shooting genre. It's the same reason why Sony does not have a mascot as opposed to the other console manufactures. There isn't just one genre/art style that defines the console/fanbase interest. Consider yourself educated.

Wikkid6661637d ago

LOL! you don't even know what you're talking about. Xbox One isn't even part of this discussion.

You do know this is only on Xbox 360, right?

TheRealHeisenberg1637d ago (Edited 1637d ago )

Gave up Xbox Live over 5 years ago. PS+ all day every day for me, even if the games are not truly "free". I subscribed to PS+ because I saw the value in it for me, not because of the Sony loyalist gushing over it. If Xbox Live ever offers equal value to me as far as the content goes then maybe I will subscribe to it again.

@ Cmk0121
Xbox Live Gold = better service. PS+ = better overall value.

cleft51637d ago (Edited 1637d ago )

I canceled my Xbox Live subscription this month. Thankfully I don't have any mp games for the 360 so it's not a big deal for me. I love my ps+ subscription, so many good free games it's insane.

LogicStomper1637d ago

Even though I lean more towards the Xbox side,your comment is one of those 'one in a thousand' comments which are unbiased and hold no grudge towards any side.

You certainly deserve a bubble.