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?
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EA opened up its Origin Access subscription service to other publishers earlier this month by ushering Batman through its doors, and now the next round of games has arrived. The Witness, Wasteland 2, Out of the Park Baseball 19 and Lost Castle have been added to the service, which lets you play a catalogue of games for $5/£4 a month—it's like a Netflix for gaming, albeit with a fairly limited library.The Witness is the pick of the bunch: it's a very clever maze puzzler, and one of the best games of 2016. Read Edwin's glowing review here. Wasteland 2 is also worth a look—it's a complex RPG with excellent writing and satisfying combat. Cory's thoughts are this way. I've been an Origin Access subscriber for the past year or so, and every time I've thought about cancelling I get caught up in another game that it has on its books. I still don't think it's a must-have by any means, mainly because a lot of the games are older titles that you can pick up for cheap if you … [Read more...] about The Witness and Wasteland 2 added to Origin Access subscription service
Valve have launched a subscription service for Dota 2, named Dota Plus, which is replacing the old tournament-centric Battle Passes with gobs of ongoing statistics and cosmetic bits. Basically, paying £3 per month for Dota Plus member gives you a load of progression tracks and challenges to unlock new skins and voiced taunts and bits. It does have something for beginners too, offering access to an AI assistant giving advice across matches. But it basically continues Dota’s free-to-play philosophy of monetisation being optional and not changing the game. Basically: if playing Dota isn’t enough and you want extra cross-match challenges with numbers and progress bars and stars and shards and statistics and points, Dota Plus has you covered. Exclusive and vintage cosmetic items will be available through this. Dota 2’s Battle Passes, which ran for a few months around competitive events and seasons, offered similar tracks and bits before. With Dota Plus, they’ll … [Read more...] about Dota 2 launches Dota Plus subscription service
HTC's Viveport subscription service will increase in price starting March 22nd from $6.99 to $8.99 per month, according to HTC. Launched last year, it became one of the first high-profile VR game subscription services where developers could showcase their titles on the Viveport marketplace. New users who sign up before the cutoff date will continue to pay the current price until the end of 2018. Because of the price hike, there will likely be changes to what's included in a Viveport subscription. The company said that users can accept free codes for apps and games, but the weekend deals on Viveport discounts will be exclusive to subscribers only. … [Read more...] about HTC to raise price of Viveport subscription service on March 22nd
Nintendo has confirmed that the Switch’s online service — aptly titled Nintendo Switch Online — will launch September of this year. Though Microsoft and Sony have both offered online premium services for some time, this is the first Nintendo console to charge for online use. The service will cost $3.99 a month, $7.99 for 3 months, or or $19.99 per year, according to the official Nintendo Switch Online page — markedly lower than PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold. That price is in line with the range Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima gave in an interview back in February. Nintendo Switch Online will offer “a compilation of classic titles” each month — titles such as Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight and Dr. Mario, to use Nintendo’s example. Unlike PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold, which lets you keep the game as long as you keep paying, the Switch game will be free only for the month in question. Once the next month rolls around and a new … [Read more...] about Nintendo Switch Online subscription service is launching in September