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PlayStation Now Subscriptions Launch on January 13th

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Sony has finally announced the long awaited subscription plans for PlayStation Now today, set to arrive on January 13th. However, they may be asking for a bit more money than you’d like to part with.

The subscription plans will come in two forms starting out, giving potential subscribers the option of paying $20 for one month, or $44.99 for three months. When the program launches on the 13th, you’ll have the chance to enter a drawing to win a free year of PlayStation Now by downloading a preselected PlayStation Now theme so don’t miss out on that.

If you’re curious to see how the subscription service works and want to test it out first, Sony’s offering everyone a 7 day free trial as well. The current library of PsNow games includes over 100 titles, so you’re certainly getting your bang for your buck in terms of content, but $20 per month is a tad pricey in my opinion. If you’re already paying for PlayStation Plus, that’s $60 a year, and to run PsNow for a year it’ll be somewhere around $170-$240 a year. Add those together, and you’re paying anywhere from $230-$300 a year in subscription services.

It’ll be interesting to see if PlayStation Plus users are offered any sort of discount in the coming months. But, like I said, it’s essentially an unlimited library of games for $20 a month, so it’s certainly worth the cash.

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Ubisoft Discusses How Uplay Plus Will Improve Communication With Players

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Ubisoft believes that its new subscription service Uplay Plus will help the publisher improve communication with players.

Alain Corre, the executive director of EMEA at Ubisoft, spoke to GamesIndustry.biz where he outlined the vision and strategy for the company’s new subscription service. He explained that Uplay Plus will help boost communication with players, and the feedback it receives will help improve Ubisoft’s games.

“The reason behind our subscription service… it gives more possibilities for our fans to play our games and we can talk to them. We can keep them in our worlds, we can discuss with them and—thanks to what they say and the way they behave—we can feed that back into our games development. When we are in control of that within our ecosystem, we feel it’s beneficial for our fans. That’s ultimately what we want to do; we want to have more contact with them, more interaction, listening more to what they want and improve based on what they say.”

Corre highlighted that Ubisoft will not solely focus its efforts on Uplay Plus; players will still be able to pick up any of the publishers games either physically or as digital downloads. He explained that the company’s strategy moving into a subscription service is to adapt with modern consumer tends of gamers.

“We are still keeping the traditional model whether they buy our games in a store or download them. It’s really a case of offering the possibilities. Consumers are evolving really fast, and we want to adapt to what they want and propose new things to them, as well as keep the other means of distribution.”

Furthermore Ubisoft revealed that Uplay Plus and all past and future games will be available on the Google Stadia. Ubisoft was an early vocal supporter of Google’s new console, especially as the upcoming console focuses solely on streaming games.

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