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Paid service gives extra features multiplayer gaming, discounts and free games — and now members will choose which they get

Sony is to let members of its PlayStation Plus premium service receive a free game of their choice every month.

The company has long given PlayStation owners a free game as part of the paid-for service, with a similar promotion also being run by Microsoft for the Xbox. But now Sony will give players the option to “Vote to Play”, choosing from a list of titles to receive for free.

The games that aren’t chosen will be sold at a discount, the company said. “Several” games will be part of the shortlist, and new games will continue to be offered every month.

“We’ll have more details for you soon on when voting begins, what titles will be up for voting, and how you can cast your vote,” Sony said in a statement.

PlayStation Plus costs £5.49 per month in the UK and is required to use most of the online functions of the console. As well as the free games, it is required for playing games online and gives extra functionality like automated updates, privileged access to demos and betas, and discounts in the store.

The games are offered through the Instant Game Collection, to which new titles are added and old ones are taken away each month.