PS Plus Vs Games with Gold discussed again

By Alan Ng - Mar 10, 2014

Most gamers are under the impression that PS Plus offers a much better service compared to Games with Gold, at this present stage. Microsoft are naturally keen to change this perception among the gaming community and have been speaking about improvements that are planned throughout 2014.

Just days ago, PS4 gamers were given Dead Nation Apocalypse Edition as their free game for the March 2014 PS Plus update. Games with Gold is yet to launch on Xbox One, but Xbox 360 gamers were instead given Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution, as well as Dungeon Defenders – PS3 gamers received Tomb Raider as their free main game.

Some Xbox 360 fans are calling on Microsoft to improve the quality of Games with Gold after seeing what Sony offers with PS Plus each month and it looks like Microsoft are planning to deliver soon.

Microsoft’s Phil Spencer was at SXSW over the weekend and dropped some interesting comments on this topic which we’re happy to share with you below:

“I have been sitting down, monthly now, with that team – some of the earlier months were already programmed – and playing a more active role in picking franchises that show up in Games with Gold, and I think you’ll see at least something that feels, at least, more true to what I think Games with Gold should look like with the constraints that are there.”

That basically tells Xbox gamers that Games with Gold is set to offer some better content over the coming months with Spencer now having a more active role in the selection.

Is PS Plus hands down the better service?

Is PS Plus hands down the better service?

He also took the time to remind everyone that the games offered with Games with Gold are games that users can keep forever, even when their subscription ends. This is different to PS Plus of course, as all of your games are still stored on the cloud and access will expire as soon as your subscription expires.

What we want to see next though is an Xbox One Games with Gold release date – that’s the first step if Microsoft want to compete with PS Plus.

Are you a happy PS Plus / Games with Gold subscriber at the moment? If so, let us know your thoughts on how both services are going at the moment and your expectations for 2014 looking ahead.

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  • gfrudtly

    Ps plus is way better so far for next gen.
    X1 keeps saying free games to come but no time table given(probally not till fall) a whole year since x1 release would be terrible but more than likely…
    Ps plus keeps getting some decent free games.

  • Tate

    Hmmm….have liked this debate for awhile. As the owner of a ps3 and xbox 360, my OPINION is that ps+ is the better deal. For this reason: first off, anyone who bitches about the price of either service is stupid. It’s $49-$60 A YEAR. Not really anything when we are all doling out $400-$500+ for consoles and $15-$65 for games (new/used). The reason I feel that ps+ is the better bargain is yes, GwG allows you to keep the games after the service ends and has some discounts, but its really only a side benefit of the XBL Gold which people were getting for multiplayer and access to Netflix and such. Since ps3 doesn’t require ps+ for the features, its completely optional. But you get so much more content, better discounts and WAY better games. And the biggest argument against ps+ (which I love) is that, yes it’s basically a glorified rental service….where you don’t even have the option of choosing whichever game from the extensive library you want. But we can all pretty much agree that the past 2 years have given up great offerings. And if you think about it, don’t most people who buy disc games usually trade them in eventually towards cash/credit for the next big game release (not everyone…I don’t do that I like to keep the few physical games I buy)…so for the cost of ONE GAME, why not have access to a year to a bunch of great games that can be downloaded and played whenever? Sometimes you get nostalgic (I have played FF7 I don’t know how many times). So I have a stacked membership until 2016. So for the cost $150…for the next three years I have the following downloaded to my 1TB HHDD to play at my leisure: DMC, Borderlands, Borderlands 2, Brothers, EVE, Tomb Raider, Bioshock Infinite, Metro, GTA IV among others. Not bad for just a rental service…and more great games on way. And my pockets stay flush with cash, not buying everything.

  • fred

    PS Plus is really good value for money .