Free XBL cross-platform play until autumn update

Microsoft is offering Xbox Live silver members free 360-to-PC play until the next system update.

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Xbox Live Silver members will be getting free multiplayer access to a number of Xbox 360 and Games for Windows cross-platform games until the new Xbox 360 system update rolls out this autumn.

A spokesperson for Microsoft told GameSpot UK today, "For a limited time, we are offering free online multiplayer on Xbox 360/Games for Windows titles that offer Live cross-platform play. Supported cross-platform titles include Universe at War, Shadowrun, and Lost Planet: Colonies Edition."

This follows on from Microsoft's recent announcement that its Games for Windows - Live service would now be free. It previously charged PC owners for gold subscriptions, which let them play cross-platform multiplayer with Xbox 360 owners, whereas the silver subscription was free.

The next Xbox 360 system update was unveiled at this year's E3 Media & Business Summit, featuring a full overhaul of the dashboard, including the blade menu structure, new avatars, a partnership with Netflix for Gold members in the US, and new Community and My Xbox channels.

See GameSpot's preview of the new Xbox experience for more details.

Discussion

115 comments
grootelaar
grootelaar

xbl sucks why you need too pay 80 bucks for 12 months well yay more money too the window this is why i chouse the ps3 free multiplayer

cocomacoco
cocomacoco

I think if I payed for XbL, everyone should pay to be able to play, this is not fair, for whatever amount of games should be, I do agree with letting silver members experience XBL at least once a month, but not like this, sorry, but I payed

CaptainLunchbox
CaptainLunchbox

jtthegame316 £40 over a year is nothing. the people going on about how psn is free and moaning about ms charging i would imgine pay a montly fee for there internet which in the long run works out more than what you pay for live. sony have there ways of getting money out of people on psn. if you really think sony are giving you anything you must be mad cause they are the tightest company going. xbox live is an excellent service definetly worth the yearly subcription. if it was a montly fee they yeah it would be a rip of but it is yearly so it is good. ^Says the kid with no bills to pay.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

£40 over a year is nothing. the people going on about how psn is free and moaning about ms charging i would imgine pay a montly fee for there internet which in the long run works out more than what you pay for live. sony have there ways of getting money out of people on psn. if you really think sony are giving you anything you must be mad cause they are the tightest company going. xbox live is an excellent service definetly worth the yearly subcription. if it was a montly fee they yeah it would be a rip of but it is yearly so it is good.

mattcake
mattcake

And yes yes PSN is free, but watch out for those other little fees like changing your character in Metal Gear Online. They all add up :) And yes PS Home will be free, but you know the good/different stuff is gonna cost ya. I wouldnt sing Sonys praises too highly if I were you, theyll nip you for cash just as badly as MS do :)

mattcake
mattcake

I like to keep my console gaming and my pc gaming separate thanks. Not cross platform nonsense with pathetically crippled mouse controls on PC, or autoaiming console controls. Go watch some quake2/3/warsow demos to understand the speed at which PC games are supposed to be played. It should take you a fraction of a second to turn 180 degrees in a PC game, not 5 seconds :) You'll never get that on a console and you shouldnt even try - different machines for different gameplay :)

tutt3r
tutt3r

too bad they don't make more cross platform games... i understand the balance may be hard, but its such a great idea

the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

@ ronnet: You do know that the 360 Dashboard has advertisements and PSN doesn't have advertisements at all, do you? So yeah, Microsoft is ripping you guys off.

asmodeus_z
asmodeus_z

Well, at least I have a chance to give Shadowrun a try. :)

Zoldaire
Zoldaire

Why do people complain about this news? It's absolutely great for Silver members. They get to experience the XBL for a few selected games, that are good, but not the most played games on the 360. For the love of god people, it's not the END OF THE WORLD if the Live Play is free for 3 games for a few months. If you have gold, then this news doesn't really bother you at all since you can play the games live already. If you have Silver and own these games, knock yourself out. I think this little thing M$ pulled is good. There is a slight bigger chance now that they will attracts more Silver users to buy Gold, when they see what the Live Play has to offer.

ronnet
ronnet

Live shouldnt be free, otherewise it would become PSN and we dont want that, atleast I dont. Live SHOULD be cheaper, but as long as so many people stgill have a fulltime gold subscription I cant see them do that. Probably because it would be less profitable to have more players online all paying slightly less but with higher maintenance costs. But making older games free online from time to time would be nice of them.

Sydwynder
Sydwynder

I'm surprised that Live fees haven't at least gone down in price since the PS3 is free. Yeah I agree it's a better service, but still.

danxxx
danxxx

live should be free... thats all.

z3dd1cu5
z3dd1cu5

Seems to me when they made GFW Live free, it somehow affected the cross platform Live games too. They figured it out after some gamers did and then said "Oh we are offereing free play for a limited time" aka until they get it fixed in the fall update.

XJRockcrawler
XJRockcrawler

sirnicoli, devs can use dedicated servers on XBL as well, their choice. I don't see anything PS3 related in this story, why post here? People like you give PS3 owners a bad name.

rob101
rob101

How about a couple of free month for Gold Member as well, seeing as how we already pay for use, and see no benefit from this free Silver crap except for the fact there will be a whole bunch of noob on the site

ctg867
ctg867

Well that's nice of them I guess, but I doubt many, if any, will actually use it. You either have Gold, or you don't have the 360 plugged in. Bottom line. Hopefully this will lead to a revamped GFW Live, or maybe it'll just be elongating it's inevitable end.

OfficialBed
OfficialBed

meh...i have gold...doesn't matter to me

chiggins28
chiggins28

why is it so negative in this forum? this is good news. i pay for gold but i'm not going to start raising hell because non paying xbox owners get to play three games cross platform. give me a break.

childe_roland
childe_roland

SirNicoli, all ANY company cares about is profit, in order to make a profit you have to make sure your customers are happy. Microsoft has its problems but judging by the look of things I would say they're making a profit, sooo what does that tell you? It tells you that for the most part they're customers are happy.

nickmax1234
nickmax1234

i just get a 12+1 card every christmas, so it doesnt really affect me

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

@Sir Nicoli why does every God of War fan is like that??

iviswatravenivi
iviswatravenivi

If you can buy a xbox theres a good chance you can pay 60 bucks a year ( Thats FIVE (5.00 $) a month so are you that poor?) I could ask random people for money and i bet i would have more then 60 bucks in a year

opitchwhiteo
opitchwhiteo

SirNicoli wrote: "all microsoft cares about is profit, not giving the best gaming experience to their customers" that quote alone has earned you an EPIC FAIL

lcooljayfooljay
lcooljayfooljay

sony will drop those servers in a couple years time and use it for some other game for XBL it will always stay up

cooldude03
cooldude03

Shadowrun rocks, it's one of the most underrated games on Xbox Live. I've never been a fan of only online games with no single player campaign, but I tried Shadowrun and was hooked. It's probably really cheap now and worth every penny.

toxicmog
toxicmog

Hate to say it but MGSonline is also P2P :roll: done fresh ;) Either that or the dedicated servers are rubbish with the awesome erros that say bad host connection.

darobinson67
darobinson67

you know it would be really nice if ms would announce a release window for the fall update

SirNicoli
SirNicoli

ukillwegrill.......... Sony has dedicated servers. Socom does it. and thats why i like socom and sony. its free and they work harder for their customers. all microsoft cares about is profit, not giving the best gaming experience to their customers

RockmanSRD
RockmanSRD

I love how Microsoft always takes things that should be free, makes them cost a ton, then acts like the nice guy when they make it free for a limited time--even when that is what they should do anyway. 'Sure, we really are heartless and tyrannical. Oh, but look, we're being nice. You get this for free for a little while. See? Now we are more of a nice kind of heartless and cheap. Enjoy!' Way. To. Go. . . Seriously.

ukillwegrill
ukillwegrill

MS can't make dedicated servers for every game kid... They could pay the devs to, but that would alot more money then they get from subscriptions to have dedicated servers for everygame.

club-sandwich
club-sandwich

Wow Microsoft you're really greedy, we deserve dedicated servers for paying so much just to get a lame p2p online play.

Steelpoppy
Steelpoppy

Actually elite ferns, they are fun games, just not top tier like halo 3 and cod4. Thats why Halo 3 and COD4 are not there. Also, yes, if you have the original Lost Planet, not the colonies edition, it will not be free. Colonies is the only version that has an interaction with the pc version.

Gruug
Gruug

Don't care for cross platform play so this isn't of any interest to me either way. And, for the record, you can build very good PC system for as little as about $600 complete (w/o monitor of course).

elite_ferns1
elite_ferns1

lol those games suck Make live free for good games like COD4 and Halo 3

SickM0R0N
SickM0R0N

In response to henry4th, Dell offers ubuntu pcs, but they are the exact same price as the vista pcs. Its a giant rip off I say.

KingSigy
KingSigy

Oh, thats lame. I heard the big deal about it being free, but now its only till the update. Way to tease gamers, Microsoft. Just give PC Gamers what they want.

henry4th
henry4th

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Netherscourge
Netherscourge

What do us GOLD members get beside MORE LAG thanks to all the Silver people LEECHING our bandwidth?

RADIUM-V
RADIUM-V

Slaughtahouse said: klugenbeel is right. Pc gamers pay 1500+ just to play games like Gow or Bioshock while we pay 350 to play and you get your moneys worth for xbox live. 60$ for 12+1 month is enough for me. But to you Pc gamers i suggest you purchase the Next gen consoles when they arrive in 2010/11. Pc will still be around for a while but its not worth it just to have the mouse for fps' or the Mods. --- PC users can build one system and upgrade as they go along, meaning they only have to buy a system once and they're not left with a brick when the industry evolves. PC will always be here to stay, and currently the PC is the most powerful system you can have in terms of graphic capacity. So while you're playing GOW, we're getting the true games that push systems to the limit.

Nocturnal15
Nocturnal15

klugenbeel...As correct and logical you are, and as much sense as you make and as much as I agree with you.......Nothing you say will stop the complaints. Like you said yourself, people will find something else to complain about. Just be happy with yourself. You are talking to illogical beings after all. It's truely sad that many more dont look at things from a better point of view. Xbox360 is the greatest console out now and my only beef is the failure rate. Nonetheless, Im satisfied with my choice to be a 360 gamer.

Slaughtahouse
Slaughtahouse

klugenbeel is right. Pc gamers pay 1500+ just to play games like Gow or Bioshock while we pay 350 to play and you get your moneys worth for xbox live. 60$ for 12+1 month is enough for me. But to you Pc gamers i suggest you purchase the Next gen consoles when they arrive in 2010/11. Pc will still be around for a while but its not worth it just to have the mouse for fps' or the Mods.

ExtremePhobia
ExtremePhobia

Actually, Microsoft is rich because it makes products you HAVE to have... like Windows! You want a new computer with Windows, you can't choose XP any more. And almost all new PC's are preloaded and require you to pay for Windows. Your option is to buy a computer, pay for windows, and then change to a different operating system or build the system yourself (or get a Mac). In fact, that's the best way of selling systems too. You want to play these games, you can only do it if you buy this system. Though I can't complain. I wish 360 Live gold was going to be free but I can't say that this move doesn't make me hopeful.

mjk_1
mjk_1

Shadowrun is the only game it's worth it for... But WTF... Us gold people don't get anything?