If you’re shopping for a console gamer, one of the safest and most useful gifts you can get them is an online subscription. Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony each have subscription services that offer great perks. Best of all? Even if they already have a subscription, the codes stack and can simply be added to their current account or replace their recurring monthly charge.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is arguably the best value in gaming. It includes access to online multiplayer as well as a library of hundreds of games, including every first-party Xbox game on launch day. Game Pass Ultimate is great whether you own an Xbox One or the new Xbox Series X|S. You can grab a three-month subscription for $45.
PlayStation Plus is compatible with PS4 and PS5. On PS5, you get access to online multiplayer, cloud saves, two free games each month, and a collection of great PS4 games to play whenever you want. PS Plus includes all of the same perks on PS4 except for the library of free PS4 hits.
Nintendo Switch Online opens up access to online multiplayer for popular games, such as Animal Crossing: New Horizons. You also get cloud saves for your library and a collection of classic SNES and NES games. Nintendo Switch Online only costs $20 per year for an individual subscription. A family subscription is ideal for those who have multiple Nintendo Switch consoles under one roof, as up to eight users can share the subscription.