PlayStation Plus vs new Xbox Live Play to Earn

By Alan Ng - Mar 29, 2013

PlayStation Plus may be going from strength to strength in recent months, but it appears that Microsoft are hot on Sony’s tail with a new incentive that they hope will attract some attention from current Xbox Live Gold subscribers. Xbox Live Play to Earn will launch on April 1, offering gamers the chance to earn some Microsoft Points back by completing various criteria.

While everyone had doubts on PlayStation Plus at the start, Sony’s premium PSN program has gone on to flourish, with PS Plus owners very happy with the free games they are receiving each month as part of their membership. We hear the argument all the time on how these are only ‘rented’ titles, but PS Plus members do not seem too bothered by this, especially when Sony are including big name titles for free.

This week, Major Nelson has detailed a new Xbox incentive called Play to Earn. There are three reward tiers for the new offer and they are as follows: 1: Play 20 hours of any combination of arcade games, receive a free avatar item. 2: Purchase any four arcade games for 400 Microsoft Points or more from Xbox LIVE, receive a one month Xbox LIVE Gold membership, and finally 3: Spend 3200 Microsoft Points on arcade games, receive 800 Microsoft Points in return.

The first tier seems like a great new target for that free avatar, but some of you may feel that the last tier isn’t too generous on the whole. It essentially means that if you purchase $40 worth of Microsoft Points, you’ll be given $10 back in return. At the end of the day though, it is free Microsoft Points for those that really like splashing the cash, so we’re sure a lot of you will stil be interested in this.

One important note to add to this, is that if you complete all three tiers, you’ll qualify for the Xbox Live ‘VIP Exclusives’. Details on what is included in this hasn’t been revealed though, so we’ll have to wait and see if this includes free games. You can read full details on Play to Earn at Major Nelson’s Blog here.

For those who have tried both Xbox Live and PlayStation Plus, which incentive program do you think is the best? PlayStation Plus offers free games, but Play to Earn is offering some free MS points back for big spenders.

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  • Andrew

    Free points when you have to pay $40?! Why not just go to microsoftpoints.ORG to get 4000 points for free…

    • Ben

      I completely agree with you here my friend told me about this website it rocks!! And.. I got the 800 extra for spending the 4000 points!

  • Duperman

    PS plus is by far the better deal. I have both and just recently got a vita. With cross compatibility is like getting two games for one price. Then you get free games every month plus a discount on online purchases. Xbox better step it up.

  • Ricardo M.

    i have xbox live gold and this play to earn thing is ridiculous. ps plus sounds like a better deal.

  • Xbox people should be happy that they’ll get a shitty avatar after 20 hours of playing.