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PS4 PS+ Games vs Xbox One Games with Gold Price & Value Comparison Shows Xbox in the Lead

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Sony’s PlayStation Plus service has recently come under some criticism from fans that suggest the quality of games coming to the service’s Instant Games Collection has declined in recent months. With Phil Spencer now steering the Xbox ship and providing a multitude of options to gamers on Microsoft’s platform, the Games with Gold service for Xbox One has upped its game too. Therefore, it only seemed right to put the two up against one another and see how they stack up.

After a year since we last made this comparison, which saw the PlayStation 4 narrowly beat Xbox One in its free offerings, we worked out the total value and average Metacritic score for each selection of games to see what’s changed. Of course, personal preference will play a large part in whether or not each collection offers good value to you. But to give you an idea of exactly which service is offering the best when looking at cold, hard figures, we’ve made a comprehensive list of the games on offer for each service for the past year.


It’s important to note here that this only takes into account the games that are playable on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. This includes Xbox 360 games that are backward compatible with the Xbox One, and cross-buy games that play on PS4.

Please keep in mind that these lists only reflect the North American offerings and prices. The prices were taken from Xbox Live Marketplace and PSN Store at the time of writing.

 Xbox Games with Gold, PS+, comparison

Games With Gold Xbox One Offerings June 2015- May 2016

Massive Chalice – $19.99, Metacritic 72

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – $29.99, Metacritic (Not rated enough on Xbox One, but largely highly rated)

So Many Me – $14.99, Metacritic 82

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes – $19.99, Metacritic 76

How To Survive: Storm Warning Edition – $19.99, Metacritic 71

The Deer God – $14.99, Metacritic 59

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition – $29.99, Metacritic 86

Valiant Hearts: The Great War – $14.99, Metacritic 81

The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season – $24.99, Metacritic (Not rated on Xbox One)

Pneuma: Breath of Life – $19.99, Metacritic 63

Knight Squad – $14.99, Metacritic 71

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing – $14.99, Metacritic 59

Thief – $29.99, Metacritic 69

Killer Instinct Season 1 Ultra Edition – Formerly $39.99 (now only available as part of the Supreme Edition), Metacritic (No rating available on Metacritic)

Hand of Fate – $19.99, Metacritic 80

Styx: Master of Shadows – $29.99, Metacritic 69

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments – $29.99, Metacritic 72

Lords of the Fallen – $39.99, Metacritic 71

The Wolf Among Us – $24.99, Metacritic (Not rated enough on Metacritic for average score. Two scores available average 86)

Sunset Overdrive – $29.99, Metacritic 81

Defense Grid 2 – $14.99, Metacritic 78

Costume Quest 2 – $14.99, Metacritic 65

Just Cause 2 (Backward Compatible) – $14.99, Metacritic 81

Plants vs. Zombies (Backward Compatible) – $19.99, Metacritic 69

Gears of War 3 (Backward Compatible) – $6.59, Metacritic 91

DiRT 3 (Backward Compatible) – $24.99, Metacritic 87

Dungeon Siege III (Backward Compatible) – $19.99, Metacritic 72

CastleStorm (Backward Compatible) – $4.99, Metacritic 79

Sacred 3 (Backward Compatible) – $19.99, Metacritic 51

Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising (Backward Compatible) – $9.99, Metacritic 77

DiRT Showdown (Backward Compatible) – $14.99, Metacritic 75

Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Backward Compatible) – $14.99, Metacritic 89

Sacred Citadel (Backward Compatible) – $9.99, Metacritic 63

Gears of War 2 (Backward Compatible) – $6.59, Metacritic 93

Supreme Commander 2 (Backward Compatible) – $29.99, Metacritic 75

Borderlands (Backward Compatible) – $19.99, Metacritic 84

Dead Space (Backward Compatible) – $14.99, Metacritic 89

Saints Row IV (Backward Compatible) – $34.99, Metacritic 81

Grid 2 (Backward Compatible) – $24.99, Metacritic 78

Peggle (Backward Compatible) – $9.99, Metacritic 89

Games 40

Total Value $817.80 ($514.78 excluding backward compatible Xbox 360 games)

Average Metacritic Score= 75 (Based on complete Metacritic scores only)

Yearly Subscription Cost= $60

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PS+ Free PlayStation 4 Offerings June 2015-May-2016

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes – $19.99, Metacritic 75

Skulls of the Shogun: Bone-A-Fide Edition – $9.99, Metacritic 80

Super Exploding Zoo – $10.99, Metacritic 69

Futuridium EP Deluxe – $9.99, Metacritic 73

Rocket League – $19.99, Metacritic 85

Styx: Master of Shadows – $29.99, Metacritic 70

MouseCraft – $9.99, Metacritic 72

Entwined – $9.99, Metacritic 59

Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones – $9.99, Metacritic 74

Sound Shapes – $9.99, Metacritic 84

Limbo – $9.99, Metacritic (Not rated enough on Metacritic for score. One review listed scores it at 80.)

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris – $19.99, Metacritic 74

Grow Home – $7.99, Metacritic 74

Super Time Force Ultra – $14.99, Metacritic 82

Xeodrifter – $9.99, Metacritic 77

Teslagrad – $14.99, Metacritic 78

Super Meat Boy – $14.99, Metacritic 85

Broken Age – $24.99, Metacritic 81

Unmechanical: Extended – $9.99, Metacritic 75

Dragon Fin Soup – $19.99, Metacritic (Not rated enough for Metacritic score. Most review scores sit around the 7 mark, however.)

The Walking Dead: Season Two – $24.99, Metacritic 81

Magicka 2 – $14.99, Metacritic 72

Gauntlet: Slayer Edition – $19.99, Metacritic 71

King’s Quest – Chapter 1: A Knight to Remember – $9.99, Metacritic 77

Grim Fandango Remastered – $14.99, Metacritic 80

Hardware: Rivals – $19.99, Metacritic 56

Nom Nom Galaxy – $14.99, Metacritic 70

Helldivers – $19.99, Metacritic 81

Nova-111 – $14.99, Metacritic 73

Broforce – $14.99, Metacritic 67

Galak-Z – $19.99, Metacritic 82

Zombi – $19.99, Metacritic 71

Dead Star – $19.99, Metacritic 72

Shutshimi – $9.99, Metacritic (Not rated enough to received a Metacritic score. Average score from three reviews is 83)

Tropico 5 – $59.99, Metacritic 76

Table Top Racing: World Tour – $19.99, Metacritic 58

Switch Galaxy Ultra – $11.99, Metacritic  70

Games 37

Total Value $640.62

Average Metacritic Score= 74

Yearly Subscription Cost= $50

And so it turns out that since we compared the two last year, Games with Gold has turned it around and come out ahead of the Instant Game Collection. It should be noted, however, that had it not been for Xbox One’s backward compatibility, PS+ would have just nabbed it from Games with Gold once again. In fact, backwards compatibility added an extra 18 games, $300, and 3 average Metacritic points to the average score for the Xbox One service.

Just like a year ago, though, the level of quality for both Games with Gold and PS+ is pretty similar, with there being just one point difference in the average Metacritic score for each of them.

What PlayStation fans might find most interesting, however, is the difference in value compared to last year. With last year’s offerings, PS+ brought 36 games to PlayStation 4 with a total value of $516.67. The average Metacritic score for the games was 76, just two points higher than the average Metacritic score for this year’s offerings. So while it may be true that the quality may have somewhat declined, it’s not as huge as some may believe it to be.

It’ll be interesting to see how things heat up between the two services in the coming year. What do you think of these stats? Do you think the offerings on both services are good value for the customer? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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