Report: Microsoft working on free-to-play Xbox service

Xbox 360

According to multiple sources reporting to Develop, Microsoft is working on creating new relationships with developers in order to bring a free-to-play Xbox gaming service to the masses.

The sources claim that the console manufacturer is discussing deals with these developers to make certain games free-to-play. These titles would feature a means of monetization via in-game items or premium upgrade costs, essentially transforming Xbox’s current system from subscription-based to that of one focused on microtransactions.

If true, this could likely be Microsoft’s long-awaited answer to Sony’s free-to-play PlayStation Network and the rise in popularity of free-to-play social games. The report also comes at a time where Microsoft is attempting to make Xbox LIVE a central service for console, mobile, and PC entertainment.

The company is yet to respond or comment on these reports.



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Mike has been playing games for over two decades. His earliest memories are of shooting ducks and stomping goombas on NES, and over the years, the hobby became one of his biggest passions. Mike has worked with GamerNode as a writer and editor since 2009, giving you news, reviews, previews, a voice on the VS Node Podcast, and much more.

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