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  1. Beginning January 13th, PlayStation will be launching a subscription for their PlayStation Now streaming service. PlayStation owners can currently only pay to rent individual titles for differing period of time ranging from four hours to ninety days at prices that vary from as little as $1.99 to $14.99. Subscribers will have access to every PlayStation Now title for as long as they remain subscribed. PlayStation plans to implement two subscription bundles. One month will cost customers $19.99. Alternatively, a three month package will run $44.99. PlayStation points out that if the price seems steep, the service grants access to over 100 titles from the PlayStation 3's library. For the skeptical, PlayStation is offering a seven-day free trial. The subscription will be rolled out on PlayStation 4 before making its way to other systems and devices. To celebrate the launch of the subscription service, a free PlayStation Now theme will be available for PS4 users in early January. Downloading the theme before the end of January will automatically enter PS4 owners into a drawing for a shot at netting a one-year subscription to PlayStation Now. PlayStation Now has been criticized for having inflated prices and being a bit jittery or sluggish when it come to responding to inputs. Is a subscription plan the solution? Does this announcement make you more interested in using PlayStation Now?
  2. The Xbox Game Pass aims to offer direct competition to equivalent services like EA Access and PS Now, which offer a library of games in exchange for a monthly service fee of $9.99. Microsoft sees this as instantly giving Xbox One owners access to a library of games from both the Xbox One and Xbox 360. Revealed at the tail end of February, Microsoft's new service differs slightly from PS Now. While PS Now allows PlayStation 4 owners to stream games from older PlayStation eras, Xbox Game Pass will instead allow players to download those games and play them off of their own hard drives. This means that gameplay won't be subject to the fickle whims of an ISP or wireless signal. But how big will that instant library be? So far Microsoft isn't being exact with their numbers, aside from saying that the service will offer over 100 games when it launches. Their announcement mentions working with 2K, 505 Games, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Codemasters, Deep Silver, Focus Home Interactive, SEGA, SNK, THQ Nordic, Warner Bros., and (of course) Microsoft Studios. The only directly confirmed titles are Halo 5: Guardians, Payday 2, NBA 2K16 and SoulCalibur II. However, marketing images also show off titles like Mad Max, Saints Row IV, Lego Batman, and Fable III. The Xbox Game Pass also gives Xbox One owners special discounts on Xbox One games included in the library catalog. Why would you buy a game that's part of the instant library? Each month the library cycles in new games and expels others. Buying a game ensures that players will have access to it even if it gets cycled out or if a player decides to discontinue their subscription. While the Xbox Game Pass doesn't have a solid release date, it is slated to become widely available sometime this spring. It has already entered an alpha testing phase with some members of the Xbox Insider community and will be available for a wider beta release to Xbox Gold subscribers closer to launch.
  3. The Xbox Game Pass aims to offer direct competition to equivalent services like EA Access and PS Now, which offer a library of games in exchange for a monthly service fee of $9.99. Microsoft sees this as instantly giving Xbox One owners access to a library of games from both the Xbox One and Xbox 360. Revealed at the tail end of February, Microsoft's new service differs slightly from PS Now. While PS Now allows PlayStation 4 owners to stream games from older PlayStation eras, Xbox Game Pass will instead allow players to download those games and play them off of their own hard drives. This means that gameplay won't be subject to the fickle whims of an ISP or wireless signal. But how big will that instant library be? So far Microsoft isn't being exact with their numbers, aside from saying that the service will offer over 100 games when it launches. Their announcement mentions working with 2K, 505 Games, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Codemasters, Deep Silver, Focus Home Interactive, SEGA, SNK, THQ Nordic, Warner Bros., and (of course) Microsoft Studios. The only directly confirmed titles are Halo 5: Guardians, Payday 2, NBA 2K16 and SoulCalibur II. However, marketing images also show off titles like Mad Max, Saints Row IV, Lego Batman, and Fable III. The Xbox Game Pass also gives Xbox One owners special discounts on Xbox One games included in the library catalog. Why would you buy a game that's part of the instant library? Each month the library cycles in new games and expels others. Buying a game ensures that players will have access to it even if it gets cycled out or if a player decides to discontinue their subscription. While the Xbox Game Pass doesn't have a solid release date, it is slated to become widely available sometime this spring. It has already entered an alpha testing phase with some members of the Xbox Insider community and will be available for a wider beta release to Xbox Gold subscribers closer to launch. View full article
  4. EA has revealed plans for a new service for the Xbox One that will allow players to access a library of EA titles and provide discounts to other EA products. What does a subscription to EA Access net paying customers? During the initial beta phase of the program, buyers will have access to a vault of EA's titles on Xbox One which includes FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2, and Battlefield 4. EA promises more titles will be added to the vault soon. Besides the game collection, subscribers will receive a 10% discount on all digital content purchased on Xbox One. The final benefit of a subscription is trial access to new titles up to five days before their official release. Trials will be available for Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, FIFA 15, NBA LIVE 15, and Dragon Age: Inquisition. EA Access will begin at $4.99 per month or $29.99 annually on Xbox Live. It will soon be available for purchase at physical retailers like Gamestop as well as online vendors like Amazon. On the surface the subscription to EA Access seems like a bargain at around $30 a year for over $100 worth of games (and that is just initially). However, I can't shake a distaste for being beholden to a third-party developer/publisher for access to games that I've purchased. What do the fine people of the Extra Life community think about EA Access?
  5. Starting this September, Sony's PlayStation Plus subscribers will be hit with the first price hike the service has experienced since it's 2010 launch. This change goes into effect on September 22, though people who have already paid will only be effected when their subscriptions renew. The price increase will be based on the tier of service. Yearly subscriptions, previously $49.99, will be $59.99. Three month subscriptions, previously $17.99, will be $24.99. The monthly subscription will remain at $9.99. Sony clarified their reasoning behind the price increase: The new pricing reflects current market conditions while enabling us to continue providing exceptional value to our members. As a member, you will continue to enjoy the benefits and features that enable shared experiences, such as online multiplayer, free games and exclusive discounts. You will also continue to get exclusive benefits such as online game save storage and discounts across the PlayStation digital services. Sony then clarifies that those who do not wish to pay more for PS Plus can cancel at any time. As a reminder, make sure that if you don't wish to renew at a higher price that you turn off the auto-renew setting on your PlayStation account. What do you think? Is the first price hike in over five years warranted for a service that gives out several free games per month on top of other online perks or does this feel like an overreach from Sony?
  6. Starting this September, Sony's PlayStation Plus subscribers will be hit with the first price hike the service has experienced since it's 2010 launch. This change goes into effect on September 22, though people who have already paid will only be effected when their subscriptions renew. The price increase will be based on the tier of service. Yearly subscriptions, previously $49.99, will be $59.99. Three month subscriptions, previously $17.99, will be $24.99. The monthly subscription will remain at $9.99. Sony clarified their reasoning behind the price increase: The new pricing reflects current market conditions while enabling us to continue providing exceptional value to our members. As a member, you will continue to enjoy the benefits and features that enable shared experiences, such as online multiplayer, free games and exclusive discounts. You will also continue to get exclusive benefits such as online game save storage and discounts across the PlayStation digital services. Sony then clarifies that those who do not wish to pay more for PS Plus can cancel at any time. As a reminder, make sure that if you don't wish to renew at a higher price that you turn off the auto-renew setting on your PlayStation account. What do you think? Is the first price hike in over five years warranted for a service that gives out several free games per month on top of other online perks or does this feel like an overreach from Sony? View full article
  7. Beginning January 13th, PlayStation will be launching a subscription for their PlayStation Now streaming service. PlayStation owners can currently only pay to rent individual titles for differing period of time ranging from four hours to ninety days at prices that vary from as little as $1.99 to $14.99. Subscribers will have access to every PlayStation Now title for as long as they remain subscribed. PlayStation plans to implement two subscription bundles. One month will cost customers $19.99. Alternatively, a three month package will run $44.99. PlayStation points out that if the price seems steep, the service grants access to over 100 titles from the PlayStation 3's library. For the skeptical, PlayStation is offering a seven-day free trial. The subscription will be rolled out on PlayStation 4 before making its way to other systems and devices. To celebrate the launch of the subscription service, a free PlayStation Now theme will be available for PS4 users in early January. Downloading the theme before the end of January will automatically enter PS4 owners into a drawing for a shot at netting a one-year subscription to PlayStation Now. PlayStation Now has been criticized for having inflated prices and being a bit jittery or sluggish when it come to responding to inputs. Is a subscription plan the solution? Does this announcement make you more interested in using PlayStation Now? View full article
  8. EA has revealed plans for a new service for the Xbox One that will allow players to access a library of EA titles and provide discounts to other EA products. What does a subscription to EA Access net paying customers? During the initial beta phase of the program, buyers will have access to a vault of EA's titles on Xbox One which includes FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2, and Battlefield 4. EA promises more titles will be added to the vault soon. Besides the game collection, subscribers will receive a 10% discount on all digital content purchased on Xbox One. The final benefit of a subscription is trial access to new titles up to five days before their official release. Trials will be available for Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, FIFA 15, NBA LIVE 15, and Dragon Age: Inquisition. EA Access will begin at $4.99 per month or $29.99 annually on Xbox Live. It will soon be available for purchase at physical retailers like Gamestop as well as online vendors like Amazon. On the surface the subscription to EA Access seems like a bargain at around $30 a year for over $100 worth of games (and that is just initially). However, I can't shake a distaste for being beholden to a third-party developer/publisher for access to games that I've purchased. What do the fine people of the Extra Life community think about EA Access? View full article