Sony may be offering value for money for their PS3 and PS Vita customers at the moment with a subscription to PlayStation Plus, but it looks like Microsoft are now willing to take the fight to Sony once again. With the dust now settled on Microsoft’s Xbox One DRM backtrack, it looks like the company are now targeting Sony’s instant game collection, by revealing plans to give away two free games a month for all Xbox Live Gold members.
It’s no secret that Sony has won over a lot of consumers with their instant game collection, which offers a number of free PS Vita and PS3 titles every month, not to mention access to early betas and automatic game updates and cloud saving. Now, it appears that Microsoft see the benefits of giving away free games to please, and are planning to dish out some goodies to all Xbox Live Gold members.
Right now, we can tell you that the first game that is free to download is Fable 3. However, starting from next month Microsoft has said that two games will be available on the 1st and 16th of every month. The next two games will be Halo 3 and Assassin’s Creed 2 – completely free to download on a Gold account with no apparent catches.
It looks like a blatant attempt to offer something similar to Sony’s instant game collection and you can’t argue with games that are free – Halo 3 is still an excellent game for those that have yet to play it. It will be interesting to see if this now starts to make consumers wonder whether Sony’s PS Plus is still worth it, or if Xbox Live Gold is starting to look like great value as next-gen approaches.
After Halo 3 and Assassin’s Creed 2, what games are coming next we wonder? Microsoft has a big library to choose from, so let’s hope they go for some interesting choices which Xbox 360 users haven’t played yet. Are you a Gold subscriber? If so, tell us what games you would like for free throughout the year.