The days to enjoy those free Nintendo online multiplayer services are coming to an end as Nintendo Switch Online subscription will not be free. What does this mean? Well, it definitely marks the end of an era of online services. Until now Nintendo Switch console users have had the privilege to play online games like Splatoon 2 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe online for free. However, now things are about to change. As you may already know that Nintendo Switch Online Service has just recently launched marking the end of free online multiplayer. Following September 18th, all of the present console generation users will have to pay if they wish to avail of the premium services, in order to play their games online. However, from the prices revealed so far Nintendo Switch Online is comparatively less expensive than Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus. Below we have all the three services stacked up for comparison.Nintendo Switch Online Pricing Plan One Month Subscription: $3.99 USD Three-month … [Read more...] about Nintendo Switch Online Vs PlayStation Network Vs Xbox Live: Pros, Cons, Pricing
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Nintendo has lifted the curtain on its upcoming online subscription service for the Nintendo Switch, including details on its release date, price, and what players can expect from the first multiplayer service of its kind for the video game company. Nintendo Switch Online will release in September, and owners of the home-portable hybrid console will be able to choose between a number of pricing options when signing up. A full year subscription will cost £18/$20 , but three month and one month packages will be available for £7/$8 and £3.49/$4 respectively. This is about half the cost of a year's subscription to Microsoft's Xbox Live (£40/$50), and even more of a deduction compared to Sony's slightly pricier 12 month subscription fee for PS Plus (£50/$60), though both of these services offer slightly more content to justify their higher price. For example, Nintendo Switch Online will give subscribers instant access to a digital library of 20 … [Read more...] about Nintendo Switch Online: how does Nintendo’s new subscription service compare to PS Plus and Xbox Live?
In a sign that Microsoft wants to further unify Xbox and PC players under a shared ecosystem, Discord is coming to Xbox Live sometime in the near future. Best known as a kind of a free chat app, Discord is commonly used among gaming communities for all sorts of purposes, ranging from functioning as an even more private in-game chat channel to simply being a place where people with similar interests can talk to each other. This partnership will allow Xbox users to link their Discord accounts to their Xbox Live Gamertags. In doing so, any friends that you have on the PC will be able to see what you’re playing and join you. Needless to say, they will have to turn on their console as well and go through the usual steps to join your game, but if the game has cross-platform play (i.e. Sea of Thieves) then you can play together as normal. Xbox Insiders can preview this new feature right now by going to the Account Settings menu on their consoles. From there, you can go to “Linked … [Read more...] about Microsoft and Discord Team Up to Bring Discord to Xbox Live
Xbox Live debuted in November 2002, back when the idea of a first-party online system for consoles seemed ambitious and futuristic. There had been experiments with online play for consoles before Xbox Live — playing Quake 3 Arena online through the Dreamcast was a high point — but this was the first time a console manufacturer would try to introduce an online infrastructure that could support multiple games in a simple, cohesive way across the entire platform. It was something the Xbox could offer that its competition couldn’t match for years, much less beat. The video above was Microsoft’s way of selling the service to players, and holy heck, it’s hard to watch today. It also would have been hard for anyone at the time to do much better. Communicating all the advantages of Xbox Live to players was a big challenge, especially since console gamers were much less savvy about the world of online gaming in 2002. Xbox Live required broadband to operate, which … [Read more...] about The first commercials for Xbox Live were excruciatingly bad
Microsoft has updated the Code of Conduct portion of its Terms of Service to clarify a few points. Today, Microsoft provided a summary of changes coming to its Code of Conduct which will go into effect May 1, and while most of it’s old hat, there are some noticeable tweaks. For Xbox owners, the updated Code of Conduct notes users could face bans, suspensions, and have their Xbox Live Gold membership revoked. The latter would also result in the loss of funds associated with the XBL account. Nothing super new on that end. More than anything, the update seeks to provide clarification for what’s already in place for Xbox users, as noted in sections 5 and 13: “We’ve clarified that use of offensive language and fraudulent activity is prohibited. We’ve also clarified that violation of the Code of Conduct through Xbox Services may result in suspensions or bans from participation in Xbox Services, including forfeiture of content licenses, Xbox Gold Membership time, … [Read more...] about Microsoft updates its Code of Conduct for Xbox Live