Report: MSFT Working on Free-to-Play for Xbox

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.

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  • But in tf2 you can get all weapons as a ftp player. You get caps on backpack size and cosmetic changes only, the gameplay will still be balanced.
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  • why not make xbox free online like all athers
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  • "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." Riot did a great job of proving the free-to-play model can work without giving a unfair advantage with League of Legends in terms of game play you can earn anything other than cosmetic changes for free in league of legends.

    The only unfair advantage to the wealthy is they can get said access to everything more quickly and conveniently with less hassle, but that's true in pretty much all aspects of life regarding the wealthy and in any game that's not merely skill based and is item based the wealthy can always find a means to get a advantage regardless of breaking the EULA or not.
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