With the rise in digital game delivery services/subscriptions, it can be hard to pin down which platform is right for you. Luckily for you, dear reader, we've got your back. Today, we'll go over a few of the major subscription services and discuss their cost and what you can expect to get.
Currently, Ubisoft is running a free trial period which lasts until September 30th, giving interested consumers a chance to try out the service. Normally, a Uplay+ subscription would cost $14.99 a month, granting access to over one hundred PC titles. While most titles within the catalog are old, paying for a subscription will also give access to new releases and beta programs associated with them. Additionally, Uplay+ provides automatic updates for all games within the catalog and access to their premium editions, DLC's, expansions, and special content. Some notable games included within the service are: Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Farcry 5, Beyond Good & Evil, and For Honor.
EA's Origin Access gives consumers the choice of subscribing to a basic or premier package, with basic being one third the price of premier. A basic subscription costs $4.99 a month or $29.99 a year and gives users access to 223 free titles through The Vault.
Additionally, basic members get ten hours of early access to upcoming games and a ten percent discount on all their Origin purchases. Conversely, a premier subscription costs $14.99 a month or $99.99 a year and expands the number of available games through The Vault to 236. It also grants users early access to new releases five days before their official launch, and provides the full version of the game, rather than a limited ten-hour trial. Notable titles available with either subscription include Star Wars BattleFront II. Fe, Mass Effect: Andromeda, and Madden 19.
Humble Monthly Bundle
Subscribers have the option of paying $12.00 a month, $35.00 every three months, or $67.00 every six months for a Humble Monthly Bundle subscription. Each bundle contains new Humble Bundle exclusive games, along with a few hand-picked titles.
Furthermore, users who purchase a subscription will have early access to a few games within the bundle before the rest of the bundle becomes available. Subscribers receive an email which contains a list of CD keys that are redeemable on Steam.
It's worth noting that five percent of the cost of all bundles goes directly to charity. Though the number of titles varies in each bundle, the average actual retail price per bundle is well over one hundred dollars.
The official launch date for Apple's new service is September 19th. The company states that potential subscribers will pay only $4.99 a month. Subscribers will have access to over one hundred new games and can play them online or offline. Additionally, they will have the ability to share any games within their library with up to five family members and be able to play those same games on an iPad, Mac, iPhone or Apple TV. Apple promises that advertisements won't be present and while details are scarce, some titles that will become available at launch are Hot Lava, Beyond a Steel Sky, Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm, and The Pathless.
Google's Stadia streaming service gives users the option to purchase a Stadia Pro subscription for $9.99 a month or enjoy the service for free through a Stadia Base account. While each subscription allows you to purchase games on the platform whenever you want, the Pro version gives subscribers free games periodically, with the first being Destiny 2: The Collection. The pro version gives users the ability to stream in 4k resolution and 5.1 surround sound at 60 FPS. If you go for the free version, it will only provide stereo sound with a max resolution of 1080p when streaming. Stadia Pro subscribers will also gain access to exclusive discounts on select games within the Stadia store.
Gamefly is a video game and movie rental service which gives its users the ability to purchase their favorite titles at a discount. Gamefly does not charge a late fee and they allow you to swap out your chosen game or movie with over 9000 other titles at any time without having to pay for shipping. They currently have titles PS 4, Xbox One, PS 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS, and Nintendo Switch, among others. Two subscription options are available, with the first option allowing consumers to rent out one movie or game at a time for $15.95 a month. The second option gives consumers the ability to rent out two games or movies at a time for $22.95 a month.
A PlayStation Now subscription costs $19.99 a month and gives users the ability to stream hundreds of PS 2, PS 3, and PS 4 games on their PC. Additionally, subscribers can download any of the more than three hundred PS 4 titles currently available.
Subscribers will also be able to download PS 2 titles onto their PS 4 through the service and play them through emulation. Sony states that they are adding new games to the collection each month.
Xbox Game Pass
Consumers can pay for PC only, console Only, or an additional option which includes both, along with a Xbox Live Gold subscription. The ultimate version is $2 for the first two months then $14.99 a month after that, while the PC only option is $4.99 and the console only option is $9.99.
Ultimate gives subscribers free access to over one hundred PC and console titles, Xbox Game Studios exclusives, special discounts and deals, Xbox Live Gold, and a copy of Gears 5 Ultimate Edition. The PC and console only subscriptions are like Ultimate apart from the fact that they don't include Gears 5 or an Xbox Live Gold subscription.
Google Play Pass
Details related to the service are scarce, but prospective consumers can expect the new subscription service to be like what Apple is offering through its Apple Arcade service. Recent screenshots suggest that the price will be $4.99 a month and that some games available through the service will be Threes, Monument Valley, and Stardew Valley.
Utomik offers two different subscription options to its users, each granting them access to over one thousand PC titles. The personal plan cost $6.99 a month while the family plan costs $9.99 a month and gives up to four users access to the company's entire game library. Users don't have to wait long to play games through Utomik as, like Origin, the client only needs a small portion of a given game downloaded before being able to launch it. Once the game is launched and the user starts playing, the game download resumes without interrupting gameplay.