Will We See an “Xbox Plus” Service any Time Soon? ( As you should know, Sony’s PlayStation Plus Service is coming to PS Vita, bringing discounts, cloud storage and, of course, a library of ever-changing games. The service has taken off rather well on the PS3, and could help sales of the Vita, which hasn’t brought in the figures Sony expected since launch. PlayStation Plus is an interesting idea, and one that the public at large may not be completely aware of, but I wonder if this next generation of consoles will see Microsoft adopting a similar service for their Xbox.

Sony aren’t the first company to release a subscription service that provides a library of games. No, that would be Sega, whose Sega Channel ran from 1994 to 1998, and was broadcast over existing television lines. It’s strange that it took well over a decade for another company to pick up where Sega left off, especially with the adoption rates of high speed internet in the mid-2000s.

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MultiConsoleGamer2660d ago (Edited 2660d ago )

I bet both Microsoft and Nintendo will follow suit with their own similar programs. It's just too good of an idea. It's also an amazing consumer incentive, and that may force the hand of the competition.

Also, Nintendo stream.

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney2660d ago

No doubt this would work on xbox.

Yi-Long2660d ago (Edited 2660d ago )

... I do know that I won't be renewing my XBL Gold subscription and instead I'll be taking up PSN+, which seems to offer a lot more value for money instead.

Only reason I haven't gotten PSN+ yet, is because I'm emigrating to the other side of the world next month (Hong Kong).

I wish these subscriptions would be worldwide, instead of region-based.

I believe Steam is worldwide, isn't it!? I hope I can access my EU PSN account from Hong Kong, but I fear for the (already) slow downloadspeeds. I already know I won't be able to access my XBL account. Sadly.

mewhy322660d ago

There's already Xbox Plus service. Gold membership. Hello??? Silver members and then the paid Gold membership...Free psn and paid psn plus. wow.

DigitalRaptor2660d ago

@ mewhy32

Yes but if you'd read the article you'd know it's talking about something to compete with Sony's PS+

A premium service with actual tangible value. I know XBL gold is a premium service with its own merits in terms of cohesiveness and stability, but the value I just can't see. PS+ is on a whole other level and it would be nice to see Microsoft do something similar with XBL Gold.

DeadlyFire2660d ago

XBL - $60 for basic communication between players + Online play
XBL+ - $90?

I don't see it going well if they do that. If they threw it all under the Gold service it could work though.

rainslacker2659d ago

I wouldn't mind if they just went free to play for silver members and offered a plus like service instead for the price of gold.

It doesn't bother me much since I don't own an XBox, but it would be helpful in keeping all these people away that want to argue over which is better.

At least if the services were similar then we could argue games instead of the stupid consoles.

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Knight_Crawler2660d ago

Yeah but this not a new business model...I remember getting free games with my Nintendo Power subscription.

I do not see how MS would price XBox Plus and justify already paying $60 per month just to go online.

Question: Would anyone pay $80 a year for free games, monthly Skype credit,access to all of the Wondows Office features and 2 free movies per month from Hulu?

Keep in mind that this would be for the Xbox 720 which I expect it to be 80% PC and 20% console so the office will come in Handy for multi tasking.

decrypt2660d ago

How are the games free if you are paying a sub for them? Also its not like u own the games once u get em. Once the sub is off, u lose the games.

You want to see a true F2P model go check out games like Dota 2, TF2.

Its funny when console companies try to show as if they are giving something for free and watching console fans parrot what they are told lol.

Rhythmattic2660d ago (Edited 2660d ago )


Im guessing most people that complain about the PS+ model are also people that pay to unlock the mp portion of a title on 360.

Sure, games aren't free, but it still works out cheaper than buying and trading by a long shot.

Fact is , its incredible value , and whether you join or not, it doesn't effect a games multiplayer mode bought of the shelf.

Like it, buy it. Hate it , don't.

Edit: DUST 514. F2P.... Free to play. PS+ OR NOT---- yes, Free.

palaeomerus2660d ago

$35 to $40 a YEAR often with a free game or free MS points (or both!) thrown in which gets you weekly sales on some arcade titles or DLC,


$15 a MONTH to essentially rent some old games and indy games with a few thrown in free here and there and sales on some PSN titles and DLC.


BitbyDeath2660d ago (Edited 2660d ago )


Those two sound great and all but you should take a look at PS+

$50 a year for 3 free full games a month + free avatars + free themes + free dynamic themes + free indie games + free 1gb cloud + autodownload feature + access to betas + massive discounts + full game trials... probably other stuff i'm forgetting as well.

That is what you should hope to get.

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nukeitall2660d ago (Edited 2660d ago )

I'm not sure MS or Nintendo will follow suit. Their business model is to basically give you the razor and sell you the blades. A subscription like PSN Plus, means they will collect negligible amount of money in return for offering games that take away additional potential sale.

On top of that, you are probably limited in what good games you can give. If you give too good games you risk them not buying any other game. Then 3rd parties are screwed, you as a platform is screwed and ultimately consumers are screwed.

A F2P model would benefit everyone better.

Then again, Sony doesn't really give you that many high quality titles. They are mostly titles I wouldn't spend a dime on, let alone my precious time so on the surface it seems like a great deal.

Wolfbiker2660d ago

How are LBP2, inFamous 2, Borderlands, Read Dead Redemption (in some areas) not quality titles? That is only a few out of like 12.

DigitalRaptor2660d ago (Edited 2660d ago )

" Sony doesn't really give you that many high quality titles. They are mostly titles I wouldn't spend a dime on, let alone my precious time so on the surface it seems like a great deal."

Not at all surprising. either trolling or just is completely incapable of doing their research on something before bashing it.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Dead Space 2, inFamous 2, LBP 2, Just Cause 2, Far Cry 2, Borderlands, Darksiders, Red Dead Redemption, Crysis 2, Oddworld: Stranger's wrath, and a ton of acclaimed digital network games. Just scratches the surface.

And just so you know, even if you tried to go out there and RENT all the games on offer with Plus throughout the year, it would cost you many times more than Sony charges. and you'd be renting those titles for a week, a month art best. PS+? as long as you decide.

and many of these games I don't own because I never got round to buying but always meant to, and now, thanks to Plus, am getting the opportunity to play for reduced cost. myself and I'd say millions of others.

Then there's the fact that if you have a Vita, your subscription is valid for both platforms, and then PS4 next gen. Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Gravity Rush, Super Stardust for "free" on Vita starting soon.

Then there's the early access demos, exclusives, betas, cloud storage, auto updates, discounts - all makes it a winning service. Potential next gen features too, including Gaikai.

I'm just laying out the facts that you disregard as "a great deal on the surface". trying to downplay what is nothing but immense value. Like I said, not surprising.

GraveLord2660d ago

Microsoft is too greedy to offer this and people will keep paying for XBL no matter what the competition is doing.

Nintendo is barely getting into online, I doubt they'd give away games either. They don't exactly have a great relationship with 3rd parties and giving away their Mario games is suicide.

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chuckyj12660d ago

Heck, honestly I hardly have enough time to play the games I buy...Free selective arcade games would hardly sway me...

Not that it's bad, but when I get my videogame playing time in I am very selective in the games I play.

But, this is coming from a married guy w/ 2 girls...
To each their own I suppose.

Ares84HU2660d ago

Good thing PSplus gives us full retail games not just arcade games for free right????

Ares84HU2660d ago

You already got it. It's called Xbox Gold.

brish2660d ago

Really? With next weeks update there will be 18 games that playstation plus subscribers can download. What games does xbox gold come with?

ALLWRONG2660d ago

Stop paying for it and see if you get to keep em.

moegooner882660d ago (Edited 2660d ago )

@Allwrong, what's your point, if you stop paying for XboxLive you lose the service privileges as well

lodossrage2660d ago (Edited 2660d ago )


When you resubscribe, you get them ALL back.

Sort of like when you stop paying for live your system is quite literally cut in half UNTIL you resubscribe.

The only difference is with live, you'll lose access to stuff you're probably paying for anyway right along with the "right" to play online. (Netflix, Hulu Plus, etc)

brish2660d ago

"Stop paying for it and see if you get to keep em."
- allwrong

Playstation plus is a subscription service just like xbox live. If your subscription runs out for either the subscription services end.

You didn't answer my question. What games does xbox gold come with?

cee7732660d ago (Edited 2660d ago )

@all wrong

Stop paying for live and see if you keep your online gaming ,web browser, netflix or hulu plus lol what do you call that it goes both ways you guys call PS+ a game rental service when live 10 time's worse in that regard you have to already pay monthly for many services already and on top of that you need live gold to use them including the web browser what a joke the discounts alone on PS+ pays for itself not to mention early beta access free themes and avatars so in the end who gets the most for its money

ALLWRONG2660d ago (Edited 2660d ago )

MS gives out free games and content every year for Silver and Gold. If you stop paying for gold, you still get to keep it.

As for paying for Live: Security, and the ability to communicate with anyone across the entire platform (not just text) Something other services can't seem to provide.

Ares84HU2660d ago

Looks like 23 people did not understand the sarcasm.

Oh well.

lodossrage2660d ago


And? you get free games you get to keep on PSN as well. DC Universe, Free Realms, DUST 514, etc.

And if you think you're paying for security with live, you're delusional. Is that why people are constantly getting their live accounts stolen WITH money spent on them? And it's not like these are just normal customers. This happens to industry figure heads live accounts as well.

It even happened to Larry Hyrb (you know him as Microsoft's Xbox spokesman, Major Nelson).

And keep latching on to that "we pay for cross game chat" mantra. The Vita has that FREE. And when the next Playstation system comes out and has that FREE, how will you justify that?

It never ceases to amaze me how microsoft has so many people duped into this "pay to use services you already pay for" ideal. But then again, we live in a country where people were dumb enough to vote for Mitt Romney so (even though he didn't win)...

trouble_bubble2660d ago (Edited 2660d ago )


People generally don't collect $60 videogames like comics or cards. You beat it, play online for a bit, the end. Thats why Gamestop and 90% of stores that sell games also do trade ins. People don't play most games 3 months to a year later.

Are we still playing AC2 even though Brotherhood/Revelations/AC3 have come out since then? Of course not. PS Plus saves us a trip to the local game pawner and the facepalm of poor customer service and "wanna insure your scratch resistant bluray against scratches for an extra $5" scripts. I platinumed my free Trine2 from Plus in a couple days. Dont need it for another 2 years.

"MS gives out free games and content every year for Silver and Gold. If you stop paying for gold, you still get to keep it."

Umm, so does Sony, except instead of Doritos Crash Course lol, you keep DC Universe Online.

pretty sure you're not the only gamer with a wife 'n kids. According to the ESA, the average age of a frequent game buyer is 35, the average age overall of peeps who play is 30 . inFamous2/LBP2 on PSPlus VS HarmsWay/AegisWing on XBL isn't even close in terms of "free" value.

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mcstorm2660d ago

@Ares84HU I agree. Live Gold is what Sony PS+ is they just offer different things as PS+ would not be worth paying for if they did no offer games as there online is already free.

I do think MS will offer Another package next gen along with Gold that will offer things like xbox music, Videos, Office 360 ect as Xbox live is going to be on Windows 8, Windows Phone and the next xbox.

Rhythmattic2660d ago (Edited 2660d ago )


"I agree. Live Gold is what Sony PS+ is"

I have to chime in here and say Live Gold is not what PS+ is at all.

"they just offer different things as PS+ would not be worth paying for if they did no offer games as there online is already free. "

Exactly....If all features that where free on PS3 where on 360 for free (silver), do you believe people would really subscribe to Gold?

mcstorm2660d ago

@Rhythmattic No but it is the same thing as Gold. You stop paying for gold you lose plaing online, Apps IE ect.

You stop paying for PS+ you lose all your PS+ games, Demos, Try before you buy, cloud storage ect.

They are the same thing as in you are paying to rent a serves like xbox music, Netflix ect but PS+ and Live offer different ways of there own services.

Rhythmattic2659d ago (Edited 2659d ago )

PS+ is an option.

Actually my last paragraph was comparing features that are free without PS+ to Live Silver.

To reiterate, if people could play online and access netflix ect , like all other consoles/PC's, without any other bells and whistles, do you really think everybody would pay for gold?

My view is no, but I guess we will never know, as MS have you hostage for online play, and I dont see that changing this or next gen.

I can afford gold, but due to principle, they aren't getting my money.

If silver allowed free online MP, I definitely would be using my 360 alot more.

MmaFan-Qc2660d ago

some sheeps still try to justify their monthly/yearly subscription only to play online, do you really think MS will give them more when their "sheep" have such low standards?

lmaoausaurus rexx

Imalwaysright2660d ago

I have to agree with you. I could never bring myself to pay to play online. Not even when i had a 360. Imo MS is laughing all the way to the bank by taking advantage of 360 fans that have no choice if they want play online. Call me troll i dont care. That is how i feel about this matter.

garos822660d ago

Trust ms to monetise something you already pay for.I don't see them implementing a ps plus kind is service. ms forgets what the concept of "free"means

andibandit2660d ago

You're problably right, but i just dont care about free games atm. My back catalogue is so huge i realize there are some games i will never get to play, and therefore I could care less about renting games via PS+.
I do mind paying 60$ a year for online, but i accept it as long as MS keeps marketing games that i enjoy online and keep their service steady.

knocknock2660d ago

That's a very rude statement, I'm no sheep regardless of my choice of game service provider, I've had a ps and xbox since launch and I still find feature on the station lacking, adverts on live are alittle annoying but I've always been happy with the cost of live, I was an advocate of Sony joining the payed online, and doing so has improved the service greatly but it's all alot of tacked on features! I'd rather they get there chat and profiles sorted.

256bit2660d ago

a service on top of another service? a service within a service?


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