Game Passes have been the rage since Microsoft and Sony offered theirs years ago. With Google’s Stadia on the horizon, both companies are doing their best to get new subscribers. For ex-subscribers, you simply have to wait for Microsoft to offer another Game Pass for a month for $1 deal. Unfortunately for Sony fans, those types of deals don’t come around much. Streaming game services are now suffering the pains many movie services are suffering.
Streaming game services have resorted to either price drops or add-ons to entice people to join. Unfortunately, for many, anyone that had any interest in joining has had the free trials but realize that they don’t have the time or financially it doesn’t make sense keeping it. Bear in mind that many people that sign up for these services are adults. Few teenagers, or college kids, have the disposable income to drop $20 a month for the service.
Recently, Microsoft has begun offering Spotify Premium with their Xbox Game Pass service. If you sign up, you will get six-months of Spotify Premium. This shouldn’t surprise most people, as Microsoft ditched their failed Groove music app. It was designed to be their version of iTunes, but they never told anyone about it – so no one used it.
Now, before you race off to sign up, there are a few caveats:
- You have to be completely new to Game Pass.
- Never been a current or lapsing member.
- You can’t ever subscribed to Spotify Premium before.
- Never taken advantage of the Spotify Premium free trial.
- Microsoft says that you’ll receive a code to redeem your Spotify Premium trial no more than 10 days after you begin your subscription.
Now, if you manage to still remain eligible for it – then, by all means, take advantage of the offer. It’s a good deal, and a lot better than Sony’s PlayStation Now. It will run you $14.99 a month and even has the newest games available.
Sony has suffered the biggest blow with their streaming service. Originally prices at $19.99 a month, they announced their price drop on Tuesday to $9.99. You can grab their full year plan for $59.99 a year, down from $99.99. You can literally grab their PS Plus and PS Now year of service for $120. “Starting today, PS Now will be offered at a more compelling price that is comparable to other entertainment streaming services on the market,” the company says. “Current customers will see this new pricing reflected in their next billing cycle.”
It wasn’t that long ago that Sony was only offering PlayStation 3 games on their service. An even bigger point of note, the original PlayStation 3 was released as backwards compatible, but like Nintendo, they took that away. In recent years, they began adding PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 4 games. However, the titles were generally old. You wanna know how old? As of Tuesday, they added Grand Theft Auto V, God of War, Uncharted 4, and Infamous: Second Son. Those games will only be available until January 2nd, 2020.
Unlike Microsoft or the upcoming Google, you will need a strong constant internet connection. Even more so, you should have a hardline connection. To be fair, hardline connection is always preferred, especially when you are streaming. This recommendations comes from Sony’s very own FAQ regarding the kind of connection you should have:
As a minimum broadband speed, we recommend at least 5Mbps. We also recommend using a wired connection and limiting the use of other network connected devices to get the best experience.
All of these changes and price drops coming a month before Google drops their Stadia service. Stadia is being offered at $9.99 a month for unlimited access to their roster of games. Now, with the $5 a month price for Apple Gaming, which is definitely more for the mobile streaming crowd, the field is getting more crowded. Streaming game services are reaching their apex much like movie services will see themselves in the coming month with the launch of Apple TV+ and Disney+. Unfortunately, when budgets get tight, streaming game services will be the first to go. That, along with your comic book pull list.