Sony's Revamped PlayStation Plus is What Nintendo Switch Online Should Look Like

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Rumors have swirled for some time around Sony's PlayStation Now and PlayStation Plus services combining to make something new.

Today, Sony made it official: it's debuting a new offering that combines the streaming platform PlayStation Now with its PlayStation Plus membership to create a new, tiered version of the latter with a new set of unique benefits at different price points. Meet PlayStation Plus Essential, PlayStation Plus Extra, and PlayStation Plus Premium.

Sony's new vision of PlayStation Plus is split into three tiers. The new basic subscription will become PlayStation Plus Essential, which is the same service all current PlayStation Plus users receive now. That means two free downloadable games per month, a smattering of discounts, online multiplayer access, and cloud storage for saved games for $9.99 a month.

Nintendo offers many of the same benefits with its service that Microsoft and Sony do, but falters in terms of classic games. Sony will offer the aforementioned selection of streamable and streamable and downloadable retro titles from the original PlayStation onward, all the way up to PS4.

Nintendo does offer a selection of its older games via paid Nintendo Switch Online subscription. These are relegated (right now) to NES, SNES, Nintendo 64, and Sega Genesis titles, however. There are several generations of games that have yet to be added to the library, which rotates games in and out periodically.

Meanwhile, Switch players are still missing complete eras of games (with no additional systems announced just yet) and no option to buy most of the classic titles gamers are looking for either on the Nintendo Switch eShop. In fact, Nintendo has stated that this library will continue to grow on its official FAQ regarding the service, but it has also flat out stated that there are no plans to make the games available outside of the service outside of official game compilations or other special purchase opportunities.

It's a great time for Nintendo to evaluate what it wants to do to ultimately continue to evolve Nintendo Switch Online as a platform. While it's all well and good to offer retro titles on a cyclic basis, at some point the Big N needs to step up and realize that players can and do want to play the older titles -- not at Nintendo's leisure, but at theirs. The blueprints have been laid for the Big N to follow through.

Here's hoping, at some point, we see a shift toward the classic games it's purposefully hiding in its value, so that fans can play what they want, unfettered, via the Nintendo Switch Online service.

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