Nintendo has detailed the paid online service for Nintendo Switch, simply named Nintendo Switch Online. The subscription service won’t launch until sometime in 2018 — later than initially planned — but Nintendo’s given us enough info to compare the console’s online features with those of its biggest competitors. Let’s break down how Nintendo Switch Online works, alongside PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold. We’re looking at the most important elements, from pricing per year to exclusive game giveaways. Nintendo Switch Online vs. PlayStation Plus vs. Xbox Live Gold Online service Nintendo Switch Online PlayStation Plus Xbox Live Gold Online service Nintendo Switch Online PlayStation Plus Xbox Live Gold Price per month $3.99 $9.99 $9.99 Price per year $19.99 $59.99 $59.99 Required for online gameplay? Yes Yes, but not for free-to-play games Yes Games included free of charge? Yes; a selection of retro games is available with an active subscription Yes; a selection of PS4, PS3 and PS Vita games is available with an active subscription Yes; a selection of Xbox One and backward-compatible Xbox 360 games is available with an active subscription Exclusive discounts? Yes Yes Yes Voice chat? Yes; only through smartphone app Yes; no subscription required Yes Cloud… Read full this story
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