PlayStation Plus has been seen as pretty much indispensable for PS3 owners for at least a year now, with the Instant Game Collection alone more than paying for itself, ignoring all the other discounts and exclusive content available. With the next generation of consoles on the way however, the gap between PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live (which are at present very different subscription services) looks set to blur.
Firstly, we already brought you the news that PlayStation Plus will be necessary for the majority of online gaming, if not for certain MMO titles. Also it was to be expected that because the PS4 will be brand new, there won’t be a library of older full-price retail titles available to download as part of the service. Instead a more limited version of DriveClub will be made available, along with some indy digital titles in the first year.
On the other side of the fence, as announced at E3, Microsoft is jumping on-board the free games bandwagon with Xbox Live, currently offering Fable III for Gold subscribers. Later on they will be offering two retail games free every month, beginning in July with Assassins Creed II and Halo 3. Whether or not this initiative will continue onto the Xbox One in some capacity remains an interesting question – if it does then there would seem to be very little to choose between PS+ and Xbox Live. If you are planning on downloading Fable III, be aware that the download is a hefty 5GB.