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Both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 offer paid subscription services, and that trend is going to continue with the next generation. PlayStation 4 will require PlayStation Plus for multiplayer gaming, and Xbox One will require a Gold subscription to access multiplayer and streaming capabilities. Recent years have seen the inclusion of free games for subscribers (including the recently-announced Shadow of the Colossus offering for PS+), which have been a nice bonus for those looking to extend their backlog. If you subscribe to one or both of these console services, do you feel like you're getting your money's worth?
Perhaps you're satisfied with a yearly fee in exchange for Instant Game Collection or Games With Gold. Maybe you're upset about Sony and Microsoft locking online gaming behind a paywall. We'd like to hear what you think, so sound off in the comments below.
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Even though I am happy with my PS+ subscription, I do think it is unfair to take away the aspect of free online play from the players. This was a big factor for people I know. It made them save up every penny they had for a PS3 in order to have that online game experience. I understand the idea of "progressing forward" but you could have a bare minimum that is free. Something like strictly online play & messaging could be free. Then you could bulk up subscription benefits to appeal to people or you could just offer cheaper subscriptions (for smaller amounts of time).