Word on the street is that free-to-play games are coming to the Xbox 360.
Microsoft is reportedly working on a microtransactions service that would allow users to play games for free while charging for additional features. According to Develop, Redmond is calling on developers to discuss possible free-to-play game deals. Under the free-to-play price structure, players can play the game for free and Microsoft will make its money from in game purchases of different objects or upgrades.
The news follows Valve’s decision to make Team Fortress 2 free-to-play, with any profit coming from in-game transactions. Generally viewed as a better option than in-game advertising, there is still the argument that a free-to-play model affords wealthier players an unfair advantage.
Microsoft has not yet commented on the reports of a free-to-play price model.