What began as a brief introduction to Xbox Game Pass has become a must-have for any serious game designer. Microsoft has continued to enhance the game offerings on Xbox Game Pass with more exclusive and premium titles. Other artists have noticed the shifting tides and tried to adapt, but it has resulted in a flooded marketplace with too many options to grasp.
There are even more games available for a low monthly charge with Sony's Game Pass Ultimate competitor in PS Plus Premium. However, gamers must be aware of what they're getting into before signing up.
Xbox Game Pass is the original gaming subscription that everyone is trying to keep up with. There are a slew of games across genres that give players a full gaming experience, from small indie games to AAA titles. However, there are a few different levels that Xbox offers.
Xbox Live Gold is priced at $10 per month, or $25 for three months, and allows subscribers to play games online with friends. Players also receive two free games every month via Games with Gold. Xbox Game Pass for console or PC is also priced at $10 per month. These subscriptions include over 100 games, with titles rotating in and out, and deliver Microsoft-owned titles on launch day.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is Microsoft's final, and finest, tier. For $15 per month, Ultimate subscribers receive unlimited access to Game Pass, Xbox Live Gold, EA Play, Xbox Cloud Gaming, and exclusive offers in the Microsoft Store.
PlayStation has just released three new PS Plus levels: Essential, Extra, and Premium. This includes access to the PS4 and PS5 games at no additional charge, as well as a catalog of over 400 PS4 and PS5 games. These titles are available via cloud streaming or downloading on a PS5, PS5, or PC.
Nintendo also offers a Nintendo Switch subscription service. Nintendo Switch Online costs $4 per month, $8 for three months, and $20 for a year, and players may choose from a library of more than 100 classic Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis games.
EA Play is the most popular, partly due to its association with Xbox Game Pass, but gamers may also subscribe to EA Play on its own, including access to a large selection of premium EA games, exclusive EA Play member-only rewards and content, 10% off other EA titles, and ten hours of access to EA games 10 days before release. EA Play Pro is $15 per month or $100 per year. Both versions are available on Xbox, PlayStation, and PC.
Ubisoft has recently rebranded Uplay Plus to Ubisoft Plus, which is an excellent choice for Ubisoft fans. If any games have DLCs or season passes, subscribers get access to all of the top-tier versions of the games for $18 per month.
Cloud Gaming Subscriptions
Cloud gaming has emerged as a low-cost option for gamers who have high-speed internet access and no console. Stadia is one of the first big names in the cloud streaming market and has a good subscription service as well. For just $10 per month, Stadia Pro subscribers get access to over 30 titles with more being added each month, as well as exclusive discounts on other games.
Luna is a cloud gaming service that Amazon has developed. It allows users to subscribe to services such as Ubisoft Plus or Jackbox TV within its platform. Luna Plus is available for $9.99 per month and allows users to access a wide range of games. The Prime Gaming Channel on Luna also includes games such as Devil May Cry 5 and Observer: System Redux.
Apple's mobile gaming subscription allows users to receive access to over 200 exclusive titles without paying any upfront fees or in-app purchases. Players may also share access to Apple Arcade with five family members.
Google Play Pass is $5 per month or $30 per year for Android or Google phones and tablets. Like Apple Arcade, Google Play Pass is free of ads or in-app purchases and can be shared with up to five family members.