Xbox 360 to release F2P Games

Lyndsay Moir: It appears Microsoft has embraced the free to play games market after taking lessons from the huge multi-million pound industry on the PC. Microsoft has begun exploring the realms of F2P games, delicately at first, with a few Xbox Live Arcade releases to be released shortly.

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Irishguy954013d ago Show
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dazzrazz4013d ago

As a XBL user I wouldn't call 'em F2P at all. You still need gold subscription :)

thorstein4013d ago

That was what I was wondering. XBL is a subscription.

darthv724012d ago

its more like when they had 1v100. That was a gold member F2P game. It didnt cost the member any additional $$ to play.

We could argue over the finer details but technically, as part of the service, you dont pay anything more to play the basic game.

Perhaps there are in game transactions like there are with other F2P games but those are at the discretion of the player.

Ben_Grimm4013d ago

The gold subscription is access to Love and its content and multiplayer games. The game is free if you have Gold.

So it is F2P.

shadow27974012d ago

Don't we all just want access to Love?

TalesFromTheBud4013d ago

well you have to pay your isp so i guess your point is moot.

SilentNegotiator4012d ago (Edited 4012d ago )

Paying for a provider is ENTIRELY different from paying to access XBL Gold.

You need a provider to physically access the internet. XBL is just a barrier to playing games online without paying MS more money (because XBL is such an 'amazing' service and I totally want to pay for the only part of it that a lot of people, including myself, only use...multiplayer).

An ISP is water, XBL Gold is water-flavored Kool-aid.

darthv724012d ago

there will always be some underline fee to be paid to someone. Be it the ISP or power company or whatever. Those are just the finer details of things.

TalesFromTheBud4010d ago

xbl is a service. you have to pay for it like you have to pay for netflix. you have to pay your isp to access the net, you have to pay for service that are on the net. i dont see why gold subscriptions seem like any sort of issue.

Blankman854013d ago

True. But I'm not subscribing to play the games, they are just an added bonus.

AngelicIceDiamond4013d ago

Seeing how you other and Xbox users pay for Gold anyway.

Its games you can download at no additional cost Free 2 Play.

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majiebeast4013d ago (Edited 4013d ago )

Yeah i doubt anyone would buy ascend that game looks so bad no1 would pay for that so ofc they offer it free. Happy wars looks decent but surely not the same level as dcuo or dust 514.

ChunkyLover534013d ago

No duh, I've been playing Happy Wars for over a month now. Nice to see XBL adding free games to the mix, they already had a brilliant premium online gaming service, now its getting even better with F2P games and awards for Gamerscore.

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Xbox Live Is Celebrating Its 20th Anniversary Today

It's been 20 years to the day since Xbox Live brought online play to consoles.

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darthv72318d ago

I remember when Live turned five and they had special edition controllers made and everything. Kind of wished they would do that again for the 20th.

Orchard318d ago

Happy Birthday. OG XBL (and later 360 XBL) really revolutionized online gaming on console.

Crows90318d ago

Never understood the obsession with live...but I was gaming online on PC so not sure too much of what live did that the PlayStation didn't.

Profchaos318d ago

I had a PS2 and it's online experience was fine but it didn't have the same level of polish voice chat never worked for me but I was trying to play from Australia where not many people played PS2 online to the point where many devs simply dropped the online mode from the pal version.
That's not all PS2 games mind you there were plenty that worked perfectly but it was more on the dev and not the platform

During that era I also played a fairly large amount on online PC games and they were undoubtedly better than both systems. PS2 from functionality and Xbox because it was free

Playing my friends original Xbox it was a really polished experience it felt robust yet simple things just worked there was zero config.

Crows90318d ago (Edited 318d ago )

Yeah but the time ps3 came the experience was the same on both based on what I played...not too much online though to be honest. But I do think that the xbox did help bring online into the console space a lot. As well as PC games to consoles.

Profchaos318d ago (Edited 318d ago )

Today would of been the perfect day to drop halo 2 the original bc version free on gwg.... If only


Original Xbox Live 1.0 set to be revived via free third-party servers

Xbox Live 1.0, the first instance of online servers for the original Xbox, is set to return via Insignia, a free third-party service that's currently compatible with 20 titles, such as Call of Duty: Finest Hour and Counter-Strike.

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Blashted341d ago

Lobbies, Matchmaking, Leaderboards, Voice Chat, Content Downloads, Friends Lists, all set to return