Unlike in the 1990s, when we got free games via magazine demo discs and registering our consoles online, subscription services now meet our appetite for new titles. PlayStation owners can subscribe to a service called PS Plus, whereas Xbox owners have the Xbox Live Gold series.
Both offer free games every month to owners of the PS4 and Xbox One, as well as last-generation systems like the PS3, PS Vita and Xbox 360. You also need to subscribe to these paid services if you want to play online.
PS Plus began life on the PS3 in June 2010 as an optional alternative to the free PlayStation Network. The Microsoft equivalent, Xbox Live Gold, started giving games with their subscription package in 2013. PlayStation may have been first out of the starting block, but how good are the freebies on offer when compared to its American rival? We look at all the games both services have offered since January 2017 to decide who gets the better deal.