I think both sides of the console market are making good n bad changes, xbox 360 getting free games or decent deals, 8 years after launch, while Sony prepare to charge for online multiplayer access via it's Plus system on PS4.
I think the marketing team at Microsoft just don't know games or are not as passionate as they should be, I think there are that many chains of command in Microsoft that deals and offers like these just get pushed out without thought or substance.
We all know major nelson is a gamer and knows games but still has to take what he is bottle fed without the power to change it, as he states himself he just finds out titles then blasts them onto his blog (his job) and he gets the backlash from the users. There should be more people like him in the positions that make the decisions about games and offers.
Comments here keep talking about how the xbox games for gold let you keep the games not like PS+ that just lets you use them as you're a member of the PS+, Microsofts offer is games for gold which means you have to be a gold member to avail of them in the first place, meaning you also have to pay to get them, and most are pretty pointless without MP access unless you pay for gold again.
We can all say PS+ wasn't as good when it first started but it's pretty good now and Microsoft needs to challenge Sony now, not start off with crappy arcade games building up to a console release when people now are making up their minds whether to stay with Microsoft or whether they should ditch XB1 for PS4. Microsoft needs to be setting examples and pleasing their userbase to a certain level, not ignoring them and then embarrassing themselves with poor offering like this grid dribble.
I have to admit i was a Xbox user up to about the unveil of the XB1, I was so underwhelmed by the presentation, the look of it, the features and the obvious American only features of the console. My Xbox gold account runs it's course in a few weeks and my 8 year stint with Microsoft comes to an end, and I've given my Xbox 360 to my 5yr old nephew who just plays Doritos crash course on it (he loves it).
I joined PS+ the month before last and paid for a years sub, and already I've had the following..
- Lord of the rings: war in the north
- The Cave
- Little big Planet 2
- Little big planet karting
- Shadow of the colossus
- Infamous 2
- Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
- Uncharted: Golden Abyss
- Uncharted 3: Drakes deception
- Demon's Souls
- XCOM: Enemy Unknown
- Battlefield 3
- Payday: The Heist
- Saints Row the Third
All this for €49.99 just this year alone.
I have been paying €49.99 every year since 2005 for the xbox 360.
- Doritos Crash Course 1
Speaks for itself really.
I agree with most of your points about why ps+ is a good deal. Somehow this thread changed from discussing a free game being released to how great ps+ is. Again, who is arguing against their service that requires so much defense of it?
Great, you laid out why your done with MS and show off all the great games your playing. I'm not sure what features you think are 'US exclusives', but even the tv stuff is going to get European support. If you didn't like how it looked or the games lineup, then I get why you would pass.
PS+ works so well thanks to a strong lineup that rotates each month. MS needs to improve their lineup in order for this to be a competitive feature. I'm not defending the reality now, I'm just looking at history and I see a pattern where a new service like this starts off small and then grows. Is that wrong? I doubt any company can start these things and suddenly dominate.
MS needs to start moving in a direction gamers want, this is a good first step. As long as we keep reminding them to improve, I expect them to improve.
As far as keeping the games vs 'renting' them, your right that any multiplayer game would still require Gold, but that's an unfair blanket statement. Look through that roster of ps+ titles. Many of those don't require multiplayer or are single/local co-op only. Same goes for the initial MS offerings. Fable, AC, heck even Halo 3 can be enjoyed without multiplayer.
I don't have any problem with the ps+ method, it seems like a good deal, but I also see MS' idea as a good one. As they improve the choices, it will be a bigger feature.
Also, PS4 requires a Plus subscription to use multiplayer, so like Microsoft gold accounts i will retain my membership for that very reason just i will have just a far superior bonus scheme going with it so games not working out of PS+ doesn't bother me one bit at this time, I paid €49.99 for 8 years and literally got nothing from microsoft and Sony offer far more for their users and their European audience which Microsoft ignore mostly.
One question about ps+ that I wasn't sure about. When you sign up, do get access to all the games you listed, or just what is available for that month and what comes out while your subscribed?