This year Microsoft’s Games with Gold and Sony’s PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection pulled out all the stops to ensure that our subscriptions to their online services were worth it. In total, the two companies paid out around $1,000 each, according to Polygon.
Polygon has broken down this year’s free game offerings from both Microsoft and Sony revealing that both companies offered around $1,000 worth of games over the past 12 months. And while some of the games weren’t to everyone’s tastes, it seems like this year’s been pretty good for both platform subscriptions.
With Sony, PlayStation Plus gave us the likes of Rocket League, and look at how that turned out, it’s incredibly popular now. And while Microsoft didn’t quite offer anything as awesome as a football game with cars, according to Polygon’s analysis, Microsoft did a better job at offering highly rated, well-known, titles to its players, which is something, right?
For example, in January we had The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, February we had Sniper Elite V2, March, Bioshock Infinite, April, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, need I say more?
It’s also worth noting that Microsoft only offers games for its Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles, Sony on the other hand covers all three of its platforms (PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PS Vita), so despite offering more (not to mention cross-play) Microsoft has still out performed Sony despite only offering out about $900 worth of titles.
That’s not to say that PS Plus isn’t worth it, as players received $1,000 worth of games according to Polygon’s analysis. This included a fair number of named titles, including some of the best first party titles including Infamous: First Light, Killzone Mercenary, The Unfinished Swan, and more. Not only that, it seems for fans of indie titles, Sony had a bucket load to give away such as the aforementioned Rocket League, MouseCraft, LIMBO, Super Time Force Ultra, Super Meat Boy, and many more.
Of course, we’re forever going to be fighting about who’s better when it comes to platform preference, whether you’re a fan of Sony’s huge indie push this year, or Microsoft’s focus on big name games, it all boils down to personal preference, not to mention that both Xbox Live Gold and a PlayStation Plus subscription is needed in order to play online, so regardless, we’ll be purchasing our subscriptions at £5.99 a month.
If you’ve taken advantage of both this year, or have an opinion of one over the other, why not leave your thoughts in the comments!