If you are a PlayStation Plus subscriber, then there is good news for you. The cost of the subscription to Sony’s monthly gaming service has reduced in India. A recent email sent to subscribers reads, “Starting on 1st May 2020, prices for PlayStation Plus subscriptions in India will be decreasing due to market conditions. The PlayStation Plus 12-month recurring payment plan will decrease to Rs 2,999. The PlayStation Plus 3-month recurring payment plan will decrease to Rs 1,199. The PlayStation Plus 1-month recurring payment plan will decrease to Rs 499. The new prices will take effect on 1st May 2020”. If you have set your PS Plus subscription to auto-renew, then the new prices will be effective starting May 1. If you have an annual renewal happening down the road, then we suggest you hold your horses and do it once the new reduced-priced take effect.
With Sony’s PlayStation Plus subscription users get two free PS4 games per month. There is the occasional VR game thrown into the mix, but it isn’t monthly. In addition to the two monthly games, PlayStation Plus subscribers can also play online multiplayer games with their friends. During the days of the PS3, online gaming didn’t need you to have the monthly subscription, but with the PS4, if you want to play online, you need to have the subscription. You also get exclusive discounts on games and 100GB of cloud storage.
To put things into perspective, Microsoft’s Xbox Live Gold subscription costs Rs 489 per month and the annual subscription costs Rs 2799 making it cheaper than the PS Plus subscription. Just like PS Plus, you get cloud saves and the ability to play online on the console. You get 4 free games each month with the Xbox Live Gold subscription (2 Xbox One games and 2 Xbox 360 games) all of which work on the Xbox One thanks to backward compatibility. So if you compare the 2 services, Xbox Live Gold seems like a better value proposition.
Moving over to other services, Sony has its cloud gaming service, PS Now, available internationally, but sadly the service isn't available in India. On the Xbox side of things, however, Microsoft has Game Pass, which is available in India in three options - Game Pass Ultimate, Game Pass for the console, and Game Pass for the PC.
Game Pass for consoles gives you unlimited access to over 100 games to download and play on your system. New games are added regularly and Xbox Exclusive games are available as a part of the service on the launch date. Game Pass for the PC brings the same features but for PC only and it has an introductory price for new customers of Rs 50 for the first month.
Game Pass Ultimate, on the other hand, combines Game Pass for the Xbox along with Xbox Live Gold and also gives subscribers access to Game Pass on the PC. on Microsoft’s website, the subscription cost for game Pass Ultimate is Rs 999 per month, but a message was sent out to Game Pass Ultimate Subscribers stating that the subscription cost has reduced from Rs 999 to Rs 699. You can read more about that here.
Both Sony and Microsoft are all set to unveil their next-generation consoles expected to go on sale towards the end of 2020. Sony has revealed more information about the upcoming console and you can read more about it here. Microsoft has not only revealed the look of the next-gen Xbox Series X but also some of the specifications and features. You can read more about it here.
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