In the environment with omnipresent movie-, TV-, and music-based subscription services like Netflix, HBO GO, or Spotify, there is also a subset of services tailored to the needs of gamers.

They typically offer access to a library of games and often add additional discounts on top of games. We prepared a list to give you a workable overview of the gaming subscription service market, so you can pick one that suits your needs best.

Best gaming subscription services

Key Features Games info Platforms Subscription options at G2A.COM
Playstation Now + Streaming
+ New games every month
+ Download game (PS4 Only)
Over 750 games for PS4, PS3, PS2
including Exclusive Titles
PS4,
PC
N/A
playstation plus + Exclusive Discounts
+ Cloud Storage
+ Share play
+ Required for Online Multiplayer
Two free PS4 games every month PS3,
PS4,
PS Vita,
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Xbox Live Gold + Games discounts
+ Free games each month
+ Required for Online Multiplayer
2-4 games every month,
Including Exclusive Titles
Xbox One,
Xbox 360
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Xbox Games Pass + Exclusive titles the day they’re released
+ Exclusive discounts
+ Download full game to the console
Over 100 Xbox Games Xbox One,
Xbox 360,
Windows 10
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EA Access + Early trials
+ Member discounts
Over 50 games for Xbox One Xbox One Check more
Origin Subscription + Full games before launch
+ 10% Origin digital discount
Over 170+ games for PC PC Check more
Nintendo switch online + New games added regularly,
+ Save Data Cloud,
+ Special Offers,
+ Online play
Over 20 classic games from NES Nintendo
Switch
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Utomik New games every month + over 940 games for PC PC Check more

PlayStation Now and PlayStation Plus

Sony has two distinct services available to PlayStation users, each with a different focus and available features.


PlayStation Now

PC
PS4
Games from PS2, PS3, PS4
Developer Sony Interactive Entertainment
Type Cloud subscription gaming service
Launch date January 28, 2014
Members No data
Recommended XInput Compatible Controller (Xbox GamePad)
5 MBps Internet Connection

PS Now is a fascinating project. It’s a streaming service with a library full of PlayStation games, to which you gain access once you subscribe. The list of available titles keeps growing, but the service has one feature which may appeal to more people than just PlayStation owners.

Playstation network service

Since this is a streaming service, it doesn’t require you to own the hardware compatible with the games, which means you can play these games on your PC as long as you have a compatible controller and a decent Internet connection. Otherwise, if you have a PS4, you can just download PS2 and PS4 games onto your PS4 and play them this way until your subscription runs out.

PlayStation Plus

PS3
PS4
PlayStation Vita
Developer Sony Interactive Entertainment
Type Premium service
Launch date June 29, 2010
Members 30+ million

PS Plus as a whole is a premium PlayStation service, bringing with it several hard to ignore features. Two of the most vital ones is access to many games’ multiplayer aspects, as well as deals and discounts unavailable to regular users. However, the bonus most relevant to this article are two free games you get each month you stay subscribed to the program.

Playstation Plus

Although you lose access to them if you discontinue your subscription, every game you bought through discounts or other deals stays on your account indefinitely. The two monthly games can be both sleeper hits like Rocket League once was, or blockbusters you’ve been aiming to buy, but never got around to doing so. Either way, you keep them all for as long as you stay subbed.


Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Games Pass

Xbox has two services functionally identical to PlayStation’s, albeit obviously focused on providing more value to Xbox players.


Xbox Live Gold

Xbox 360
Xbox One
Developer Microsoft
Type Premium online service
Launch date January 28, 2014
Members No data

Xbox Live Gold is the Xbox equivalent to PS Plus. It enables users to benefit from multiplayer features of many of their games, as well as makes deals and discounts available. It also guarantees free games each month as long as the subscription is running.

Xbox Live Gold

The games are subject to the same restrictions as in PlayStation’s mirror project: once you choose to drop your subscription you’re locked out of any game you may have gotten for free, while these bought through deals stay with you.

Xbox Games Pass

PC
Xbox One
Developer Microsoft
Type Subscription gaming service
Launch date June 1, 2017
Members No data

Xbox Game Pass serves a function very similar to that of PlayStation Now. It gives you subscription-long access to a growing library of games you can download and play on your Xbox One.

Xbox Game Pass

One major disadvantage, relative to PS Now, is that Game Pass doesn’t allow you to stream your games to a PC if you don’t have your own Xbox but still want to play console-exclusive games. It depends on you whether that’s a game-breaker, but many of Xbox-eligible games also eventually come to PC.

EA Access, Origin Access

EA Access: Xbox One
Origin Access: PC
Developer Electronic Arts
Type Subscription gaming service
Launch date August 11, 2014
Members No data

If Microsoft’s own subscription service doesn’t appeal to you, Electronic Arts has offers for both Xbox and PC users: EA Access and Origin Access, respectively.

EA Access / Origin Access

In both cases once subscribed you, indeed, gain access to a broad library of games published by EA, which is gradually expanded. Just like in the case of previous entries on the list, you lose access to them once you drop subscription, but your progress is preserved until you renew payments or simply buy the given game. As expected, being a part of the Access program also provides convenient discounts, which incentivize checking out a game before purchasing it to keep it indefinitely.


Nintendo Switch Online

Nintendo Switch
Developer Nintendo
Type Online gaming service
Launch date September 19, 2018
Members 8+ milion

In addition to online services, such as multiplayer and cloud saves, Nintendo Switch Online gives its subscribers access to a number of classic NES games you can play on Nintendo’s latest handheld console.

Nintendo Switch Online

If you have Switch and have played and enjoyed the NES-era games, then you’re very likely to enjoy this added benefit of having a Switch Online subscription.

Utomik (ex. Kalydo)

PC
Developer Utomik B.V
Type Cloud gaming service
Launch date May 31, 2018 / Kayldo launched in 2008
Members No data

Utomik allows you to download games from the service’s library and play them as long as your subscription lasts. It prides itself on letting you download just a small part of the game to run it, while the remaining game files are downloaded in the background.

Utomik

At the time of writing Utomik has a library of 920 games. While the majority of titles are small productions, you can also find gems like Batman Arkham games, Borderlands, or Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun.

The service is partnered with major publishers such as Warner Bros., Disney, or THQ Nordic, and also has a decent collection of TellTale Games’ episodic stories. It’s not based on streaming, unlike now defunct OnLive, so you’ll still need a PC which can handle the system requirements.


Conclusion


There is no shortage of subscription services with diverse offers. Some will let you stream games to your device, others provide monthly games for a regular fee. If you’re not as interested in free new games but are always looking out for a deal, you may want to check out G2A Plus. Subscribers get access to exclusive deals and giveaways on G2A Marketplace. Overall, depending on the device you’re using the most during your gaming activities, you have some options to avail yourself of.