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According to an evaluation by Polygon, the online game site, the PlayStation Plus service, which costs customers $50 American, provided free games totaling a whopping $1,350. This service includes free games for the PlayStation 4, PS Vita and PlayStation 3 systems, with titles such as Tomb Raider, Dead Space 3 and Spelunky. Microsoft’s Games With Gold, on the other hand, only added up to a total of $585 American for the Xbox One and Xbox 360 systems. Titles included Dead Island, Halo Reach and Dark Souls.
While the difference seems staggering, there are a few things you should also take into account: PlayStation Plus has been active the whole year, where Games With Gold launched in June of this year, Sony has three systems that can benefit from the program, and the games you get on PlayStation Plus are only accessible as long as you have the service, where Microsoft’s program allows you to play the games even if your account lapses.
The games were all on about the same ratings scale (averaging a 78 for review score). With a whole new year and a record breaking number of Xbox Ones sold in November, the coming year will be the true test for the services, but PlayStation is off to a resounding start with numbers like these.