Sony and Microsoft have announced their January lineup of free games for players who are subscribed to PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold.
For Sony’s PlayStation Plus service, PS4 players will gain access to ‘inFAMOUS: First Light’, the stand alone story DLC for PS4-exclusive title ‘inFAMOUS: Second Son’. However, PS3 players will be receiving super hero open-world action game ‘Prototype 2’ and NES game remake ‘Ducktales Remastered’. On top of this, both consoles as well as the PS Vita will be getting indie atmospheric puzzle platformer, ‘The Swapper’. ‘Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition’ will be available for free download on PS3 and PS Vita, and indie retro-arcade title ‘Whoa Dave!’ will also be available for PS4 and PS Vita later in the month.
For Xbox Live Gold, players will be able to download episodic adventure game ‘D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die’ for the Xbox One and off-road racing game ‘MX Vs. ATV Alive’ on the Xbox 360 from January 1 to January 15. CD Projekt RED’s prolific Action-RPG ‘The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings’ will then be available for download during the latter end of the month from January 16 to January 31.
For those unaware, subscribers to PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold get access to monthly free games. However, the policy between the two services varies.
For Sony, in exchange for gaining access six new free games per month, those who subscribe to PS Plus are only allowed access to their library of free games for as long as their membership is active. This means that all access to free PlayStation Plus games is locked out completely once the membership expires.
Xbox Live Gold differs in their policy by letting gamers keep the games they download for free even when their membership expires. However, this is balanced out by the service only giving out a small handful of free games per month.
As of writing, year memberships to PlayStaion Plus and Xbox Live are $49.99 and $59.99 respectively.