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Gaming Subscriptions: The future or Fraud?

Updated: Nov 11

With Forza 5 and at least 8 other games being added this November to an already impressive Xbox Game Pass list, will you be signing up if you haven't already?



Microsoft and Sony have been offering Playstation Now and Xbox Game Pass respectively, since 2019. However, it wasn't until the past year that the services started to gain any serious traction.


For those not familiar, game subscriptions are essentially Netflix for video games. Both services offer users access to 100+ games for a monthly subscription. Playstation Now is available for $9.99 while Game Pass is $14.99 or an extra $4.99 on top of your existing Xbox gold subscription. Xbox Game Pass Library and PlayStation Now Library.


After a quick look comparing the two services game libraries can you guess which subscription has nearly 10x the subscribers of the other? (Hint: It's the one with Minecraft, Halo and Gears)


While neither Sony or Microsoft makes their hardware sales information public, Microsoft reported 23 Million active Xbox Game Pass subscribers in April 2021. This is a massive increase from less than 10 million subscribers in March 2020.


With the EA Play add on users get access to all of last years EA sports games for $5 monthly. (For perspective Fifa 22 Is currently $60, not a bad deal).


One of the big stories of the 2010's was the increase in availability and popularity of digital game downloads.

The digitization of game sharing enabled the rise of gaming subscriptions. Will their popularity increase as cloud gaming consoles rise in terms of popularity and access? Amazon Luna exclusively offers users subscription models to choose from.


For Microsoft users, Forza 5 and at least 8 other games are being added this November to an already impressive Xbox Game Pass list, will you be signing up if you haven't already? Why or why not?










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