Gaming during lockdown: Xbox more popular than PlayStation

CAPE TOWN – In 2017 Microsoft launched their new Xbox service, Game Pass, which has over 10 million users compared to Sony’s equivalent, Sony PlayStation Now, which has 2.2 million subscriptions.

 

Despite the domination of Sony’s console over the years and notable the success of PlayStation 4, they have not had the same trajectory with their subscription service which launched back in 2014.

 

With the growth of streaming and digital platforms like movies, TV and music, the video game industry has also gone through a shift towards subscription.

 

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If you are new to gaming, the subscription service offers a curated library of over 100 games and like Netflix, which offers series and movies, gaming subscriptions allows you to download game titles.

 

Microsoft has also shifted focus from a console war with Sony turning its attention on improving subscription services as companies like Amazon and Google are tapping into the market.

 

With Amazon currently working on their service, Google has already launched Stadia – a Netflix-like service that streams games to any device with no console needed.

 

 

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