Report: Microsoft Planning Support for Free to Play on Xbox 360

According to a report from Develop Microsoft is now offering support for free-to-play titles on Xbox 360. Several sources close to the situation tell Develop that Microsoft is asking developers to discuss future free-to-play game deals. This is being done "behind the scenes" for the time being, according to Develop. Microsoft is looking at games that can be monetized by in-game item purchases or premium upgrades.

Microsoft’s 360 will incorporate a new micro transactions service that supports the free-to-play model, says Develop. The main thing this new system would support are micro-transactions – the bread and butter of most free-to-play game titles. While Microsoft is not commenting on this story, given the large number of high profile MMO’s going free-to-play and Valve’s decision last week to support free- to play titles on Steam and to make Team Fortress 2 its first game to support the model, it makes sense that Microsoft would stick its toe into the water.

Sony Online entertainment’s free-to-play MMO, Free Realms, is available on PS3 and was the company’s first (and currently only) game to offer free-to-play on a console.

Hopefully the first game Microsoft supports on Xbox Live is the new free-to-play version of Team Fortress 2…

Source: Develop

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