Xbox Game Pass vs PlayStation Now: Who Has the Better Ecosystem and the Best Offerings?

Published 07/28/2021, 9:53 AM EDT


For the past few years, Xbox Game Pass has become the premier subscription service for gaming. Released in 2017, the service allows players to have fun on both PC and Xbox consoles. With an extensive library, the Xbox Game Pass has enhanced the experience of playing on Microsoft-owned platforms. However, the story of the PlayStation Now is a bit different.

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While the stocks of Xbox Games Pass has skyrocketed, PlayStation is slowly making its way up as well. But, they have a lot of amazing features that most players don’t realize, and it can seriously dethrone Game Pass from the top. Here are some of the biggest differences between the two gaming subscription services.

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The games library on the PlayStation Now and Xbox Game Pass

PlayStation Now currently has 860 games with 401 of them being from PS4. It has no exclusive PlayStation 5 titles but players can stream all the titles on PC. Xbox Game Pass only has 383 games on its service with 318 of them coming from the last generation of consoles. Fans can only play 338 of them on PC, but 54 of these titles are for next generation of consoles in the Xbox Series X|S.

PlayStation Now has a lot of titles, but many of them including the entire PS3 roster can only be streamed on console. This takes away from the experience and allows Xbox Game Pass to have more quality playable titles. Additionally, the service will have 5-7 new titles every month. Game Pass will have access to new titles from the company’s first-party studios from Day 1. This includes upcoming titles from Bethesda like Starfield. Plus, the Ultimate tier of the subscription will include PC and EA Play library as well.

Comparison of services and pricing

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PS Now has a separate cloud storage for save files, and players have to move them manually for use somewhere else. Xbox Game Pass allows seamless functionality for all consoles, and the 88 titles that support Xbox Play Anywhere will also have that functionality with PC as well.

PlayStation Now has a single tier of service with multiple pricing options. For 12 months, players will have to shell out around $60, with the monthly subscription coming at around $10. Game Pass has three tiers of service with a single monthly pricing option. For the Ultimate tier which also has Xbox Live Gold, players will need to spend around $14 with the PC and console tier each costing around $10.

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Xbox Game Pass has been quite aggressive with its offerings. Players can play some high-profile third-party games and Xbox now has some great first-party studios in Bethesda and many more. Recently, PlayStation has picked up studios like Housemarque as well, but it pales in comparison to Xbox’s new purchases. Currently, PlayStation Now still has the advantage of the number of games available to play and stream. But, fans will agree that Game Pass is a much better service with more high-profile quality games, and a future that’s eons better than PS Now’s.

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Rupesh Nair

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Rupesh is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. Currently a student at Mumbai University, he has been involved with eSports since his childhood. Having played titles like Fallout 4, Minecraft, FIFA, Portal 2 and Halo 4 extensively, Rupesh has a deep understanding of the sport.

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