Owners of the two leading game consoles of this generation, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, likely have a membership to the premium services of those consoles. For Microsoft’s offering, it’s Xbox Live Gold, allowing Xbox One players to compete online as well as grant access to free game downloads on Xbox One and Xbox 360. For Sony’s offering, it’s PlayStation Plus, which permits online play on PS4 (it’s free on PS3), as well as access to sales and free games on PS4, PS3, and the handheld PS Vita. For most of the time that these services have existed, it was a luck of the draw concerning what games would be made available for free to subscribers. Now, on Sony’s side, luck is being taken a bit out of the equation.
According to a new post at the PlayStation Blog, Sony will soon be rolling out a new program called “Vote to Play.” The post describes the program by saying,
…I’m thrilled to announce a new PlayStation Plus promotion that literally puts the choice in your hands – Vote to Play. This promotion enables PlayStation Plus members to vote on one of several PlayStation 4 games for the upcoming month’s Instant Game Collection. The game with the most votes will automatically be included in our future free game lineup for PlayStation Plus. If your pick didn’t make the lineup, don’t worry. In the first promotion, PlayStation Plus members can get the runner ups at a discount. We love to listen to our fans – and we’re super excited to launch this promotion.
The Instant Game Collection is how Sony refers to the month’s free game offerings across the entire PlayStation family of consoles currently being supported. This could potentially be quite a paradigm shift when it comes to the console-based premium network services, and if it proves successful for Sony, it’s not unreasonable to think that Microsoft could eventually follow suit. Since we’re still in the relatively early days of the eighth generation of consoles, most of the free game offerings tend to be indie titles, but there are sometimes some triple-A titles that get thrown in from time-to-time.
There’s no word yet on exactly Sony will begin the Vote to Play program, but keep your eyes on GeekNation and we’ll let you know when PS Plus members can start making their voices heard.
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