Microsoft is reportedly set to try out a free-to-play service for its Xbox Live service which will be funded through the use of micro-transactions.

Develop posted a story late last week that offers up some interesting tidbits about upcoming Microsoft plans. Specifically, the report claims that 360 may soon be getting free-to-play games. The article goes on to describe a system where free-to-play games get money back through in-game items sales or premium upgrade options.

It’s a model that has proven to be a massive success in the apps world, where games developers have cashed in on creating a fan base and then giving the opportunity to invest in a game later on.

Valve’s Team Fortress 2, has gone free to play, with micro transactions allowing players to deck out their character in hats and enhanced options.

Micro-transactions have also become a popular way of funding MMOs, where players can improve things like armour and weapons in a game that costs nothing to play at a basic level by paying small amounts.

There is talk that the popular Kinect for Xbox 360 could feature heavily in any move from Microsoft to open out Xbox Live.

Would you be open to exploring free-to-play games on your Xbox 360? How about paying small amounts for incremental upgrades to the experience?


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