From Playstation Plus, Apple Arcade to Xbox Game Pass, best gaming subscription services for the gamer in you

    Want to get a gaming subscription but confused between the numerous options available? Check out the best gaming subscription services for you.
    By: SHAURYA TOMER
    | Updated on: Sep 01 2022, 11:26 IST
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    Sony PS5 costs 49,990 for the regular, disk version and comes with one DualSense controller.
    1/7 Sony PS5 costs 49,990 for the regular, disk version and comes with one DualSense controller. (Robin Sinha/HT Tech)
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    2/7 It features an 8-core Zen 2 CPU with 3.5GHz and SMT. (Robin Sinha/HT Tech)
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    3/7 The centre spine has a glossy finish and the fan grilles are exposed towards the top. (Robin Sinha/HT Tech)
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    4/7 PS5 has three USB-A ports, one USB-C port, an Ethernet port and 802.11ax Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi 6),  (Robin Sinha/HT Tech)
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    5/7 PS5 series also has a ‘Digital’ edition that misses out on the physical disk reader. (Robin Sinha/HT Tech)
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    6/7 Sony PS5 UI. (Robin Sinha/HT Tech)
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    7/7 Sony PS5 DualSense Controller. (Robin Sinha/HT Tech)
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    Check out the best gaming subscription services for you includig Playstation Plus, Xbox Gamepass, Apple Arcade and more. (PlayStation)

    From the days of Sega Genesis and SNES, where 16-bit cartridges were used to load games, to the days of cloud and subscription gaming, gaming as a hobby has come a long way. People used to keep their Playstation 2 disks as dust-free as possible to prevent scratching them. The Playstation 3 era saw the emergence of Blueray where games amounted to tens of Gigabytes in size. However, none have changed gaming as much as subscription services.

    You can now play games by getting a gaming subscription such as Playstation Plus, XBOX Game Pass and more. These services let you play hundreds of games from a vast catalogue without needing to buy each individual game separately. Choosing a gaming subscription service can be a hassle as they offer similar features at similar prices. So, check out the best gaming subscription services you can get to satisfy the gamer in you.

    Xbox gaming subscription service

    Microsoft owned Xbox offers amazing gaming subscription services for gamers. It offers various subscription tiers for catering to all kinds of gamers. Xbox's most popular subscription is Xbox Gamepass Ultimate which offers a catalogue of more than 400 Xbox One, Xbox 360 and original Xbox games as well as access to day one releases. First-party games such as Halo Infinite, Forza Horizon 5 and Microsoft Flight Simulator are all available to the players from day one of launch. Xbox offers Gamepass in 3 tiers: Gamepass Ultimate, Gamepass PC and Gamepass console, depending on the machine you have. Gamepass Ultimate allows you to play games both on PC and console making it one of the best gaming subscription deals in the market.

    Xbox Game Pass Ultimate – Rs. 499 per month

    Xbox Game Pass PC – Rs. 349 per month

    Xbox Game Pass console – Rs. 349 per month

    Playstation subscription service

    Playstation also offers gaming subscription services for the gamers in the form of Playstation Plus. Recently, the company has overhauled its subscription service and introduced tiers, much like the Xbox Game Pass. The basic tier, Playstation Plus Essential only offers you 2 free games per month, cloud storage and access to online multiplayer. The Playstation Plus Extra offers you the same benefits as Playstation Essential with access to hundreds of Playstation 4 games in its catalogue. The highest tier, the Playstation Plus Deluxe offers you all the above benefits with access to a catalogue of select PS3, PS2, PSP and PS1 games also. Playstation 5 players also get access to Playstation Plus Collection which is a collection of genre-defining games for the Playstation 4. Another benefit of the top tier of Playstation Plus lets you access game trials of newly launched games so that you can try them before deciding to buy.

    Playstation Plus Deluxe – Rs. 849 per month

    Playstation Plus Extra – Rs. 749 per month

    Playstation Plus Essential – Rs. 499 per month

    Apple Arcade

    Apple also offers mobile gaming services for its users. Apple users can subscribe to Apple Arcade to get access to more than 200 console quality mobile games without in-app purchases or ads. You can use this subscription across all your Apple devices.

    Apple Arcade – Rs. 99 per month

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