Free-to-Play coming to Xbox 360


Microsoft is positioning their LIVE service to be the center of mobile, PC, and console entertainment by bring free-to-play games to the Xbox 360 console.

Microsoft is fostering new relationships with developers in a bid to bring F2P gaming to Xbox. Several sources have disclosed to Develop that Microsoft is calling on developers to discuss free-to-play game deals, behind the scenes. These games will be ones that can either be monetized by upgrading to premium service or by in game items that can be purchased through micro-transactions.

The 360 operating system will incorporate a micro-transaction service where in game items will be exchanged for Microsoft Points on the fly.

The Xbox manufacturer would not comment on the matter.

So what are your thoughts on free-to-play games coming to your console experience? Would you be willing to trade your Microsoft points for in game items or premium service? Keep in mind that MMO players have been doing it for years with free-to-play games that use micro-transactions to keep their servers running and the game in development, but as a console player would you want to play games this way? Leave your comments and thoughts below.

Source: Develop

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2 comments for “Free-to-Play coming to Xbox 360

  1. Warren C. Bennett
    06/26/2011 at 10:39 PM

    It really depends on if the game is fun or not. The first game I ever really used real money to buy virtual items in is Second Life. That kind of made me used to the idea and I started finding that I didn’t hate the free to play model. I used to preach against it but I guess times change.

    If they could bring some of the cooler F2P PC games to the 360, I’d play them. I like playing games on a huge screen from my couch. Or maybe I Just need a bigger PC monitor XD

  2. 06/27/2011 at 3:08 PM

    I have a varied view on this, as Warren and a few of you know.

    First, if a game is absolutely top-notch, I don’t mind paying a subscription fee and getting all the bells and whistles. RIFT is a game like that – to me, it’s very fun, has a great community, and all sorts of goodies, and paying the fee negates any micro-transactions, so that works.

    On the flip-side, there are other games where it works out to everyone’s advantage. Sometimes you just want to play the basic game, and there are bonus things that you don’t mind paying for, such as adventure packs, character slots, etc. It gives you a lot of freedom.

    What DOESN’T work in my view is when a game like Star Trek Online tries to get too greedy by charging a subscription fee to the game AND still having a store for microtransactions. And even though Cryptic said that the items sold there wouldn’t affect gameplay, they do.

    My question is what sort of games are going to be F2P? Are they coming out with Online games that will be that way? Or are they saying the XBox Live experience itself (being able to play games online that requires the subscription) will be free, and there will just be additional content to purchase?

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