Xbox Game Pass vs new PlayStation Plus: are video game subscription services worth it?


17-06-2022 • 45 mins

The new three-tiered PlayStation Plus — out next week in India — is finally set to properly compete with Xbox Game Pass. Which one should you pick?

Industry insider Rishi Alwani and video game enthusiast Pranay Parab — both Orbital veterans — join host Akhil Arora to discuss that and more.

We talk about how the new PS Plus works, split into its three tiers Essential, Extra, and Deluxe. The last of them has a different name in some markets — Premium — and you can learn why on the podcast.

Read: PlayStation Plus: India pricing revealed for PS Plus Deluxe, Extra, and Essential

We delve into the differences between the new PS Plus and Xbox Game Pass (Ultimate), in terms of their India pricing, game models, and other associated benefits.

Along the way, we touch upon the problems with Sony and Microsoft’s approaches, and how video game subscription services can be harmful to both gamers and the industry.

Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Write to us at


  • Intro (00:00)
  • New PS Plus (00:45)
  • Reasons to be unhappy (07:55)
  • What Sony and Microsoft really want (13:35)
  • Xbox Game Pass, and Xbox in India (18:47)
  • More benefits! Good or bad? (23:51)
  • The classics (27:44)
  • Are game subscriptions good? (32:17)
  • Outro (44:49)

Cover: Sony. Photo credits: Sony/Akhil Arora/Gadgets 360, Insomniac Games, Arora/Gadgets 360, Microsoft, Guerrilla Games, AP Photo/Jae C. Hong