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Sony Boosts Free Games for PS4 Users Thanks to the Xbox One



It appears that Microsoft’s decision to improve its own free games program for the Xbox One might have pushed arch-rival Sony to do the same. Starting next month, Sony says it will give users who have a PlayStation Plus subscription to free titles each month per console.

Sony announced the sweeping changes to its PlayStation Plus subscription service early this afternoon, with Vice President of Platforms Marketing, John Koller calling the excitement Sony is seeing for its PS4 gaming console “tremendous” and noting that PlayStation Plus is essential to the PS4 experience.

Though the PS4 will benefit from this the most, Koller also confirmed that PS3 and PS Vita users can also expect two free titles for those platforms as well. Effectively Sony is giving users who own all three, six free games a month, every month. Though the change is certainly good for users – more games are more games any way you look at it – it’s particularly interesting that Sony chose now to announce the change in PlayStation Plus benefits.

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Roughly three weeks ago Microsoft stunned the gaming community when it made landmark changes to its own subscription services for the Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Starting in June, Xbox One and Xbox 360 users with a subscription to Microsoft’s Xbox Live service get two free games a month. Up until now, Microsoft had confirmed that Xbox One users would get free games as a part of Xbox Live Gold, however the company hadn’t shared details about how the entire system would work.

Xbox 360 users will continue to get two free games that they can keep forever, meanwhile Microsoft has shifted the Xbox One version of the promotion to be more like what Sony offers. Going forward Xbox One users will get two free games, but those games will stop working once they cancel their Xbox Live Gold subscription, just like they would if users had a PS4 and PlayStation Plus. Microsoft announced that it would stop requiring users to have an Xbox Live Gold subscription before watching videos or listening to music through the console’s assortment of apps too. Again, that’s something that Sony’s PS4 already does.

In addition to adding titles, Sony is also adjusting the window each game will be available to make it easier for users to remember. Starting in July, all free PlayStation Plus titles will be available for users to download the first Tuesday of each month. Sony hopes that the change will take some of the guesswork out of knowing when free title disappears from the PlayStation Network. PS Vita handheld users will get Terraria and Mutant Mudds Deluxe in June while PS3 users will get Sly Copper: Thieves of Time and NBA 2k14. Finally, PS4 users will get Trine 2 and Pixeljunk Shooter Ultimate.

All told, Sony is making a very decent deceision. The free games that users get with PlayStation Plus is why many users have their eye on a PS4 instead of an Xbox One. Until Microsoft announced its own set of sweeping changes, Sony’s subscription service was a much better deal for users who had their eye on the most up-to-date games. Microsoft never admitted to it, but when it announced those recent changes to Xbox Live it also said that requiring users to have an Xbox Live gold subscription to play the free games would allow them to giveaway more recent titles.

Read: PS4 Vs. Xbox One: The Xbox One Price Cut Changes Things

Now, there’s just really one big difference separating the PS4 and the Xbox One’s online services. Despite these changes, a PlayStation Plus subscription still costs $49.99 for an entire year. That’s $10 less than Xbox Live Gold does. The services are required for multiplayer gaming on Microsoft’s and Sony’s latest console.



  1. Jackson Dale

    05/29/2014 at 5:25 pm

    Sony’s already been doing free access to apps w/out the paywall. Sony’s also had significantly less multimedia content compared to Xbox. It’s no wonder Xbox’s apps were behind the paywall.

    But yes, it’s pretty cool to know Xbox is improving. Same goes for PlayStation.

  2. Jake Murphy

    05/29/2014 at 5:45 pm

    You used to instead of two in the first paragraph smh

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  4. James D.

    05/30/2014 at 12:10 pm

    Yes…the ps+ free games have been dissapointing to say the leat with only one or two decent games released to date. Xbox ones games with gold will be releasing classics for free which are tried and tested great games. So now xbox will have better free games in addition to the better exclusives out now and coming soon. Not liking this one bit….considering trading in for xbox one.

  5. gead777

    05/30/2014 at 12:28 pm

    Agreed….I have been dissapointed with ps4 games. Been playing titanfall and dead rising 3 on a friends xbox one….games are fantastic. I would have paid xtra $100 if i knew it was going to be like this. I preordered the $399 xbox one releasing on june 9….ill probably sell my ps4 as well.

  6. ed

    06/16/2014 at 8:54 am

    Free PS4 games haven’t been great, but X1 free games are no better. Neither system has enough games to give you good free ones. But PS+ also gives you free PS3 & Vita games with the same subscription and those games have been fantastic. As far as multimedia, I see nothing X1 has that PS4 doesn’t. And PS3 is a better multimedia box than either of the new systems anyway.

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