Nintendo’s online services will cost significantly less than that of PlayStation or Xbox. President Tatsumi Kimishima told Nikkei that the company is preparing to offer enhanced online services, while also revealing the price range for the service in Japan.
It’s no secret that Nintendo is preparing to launch a new paid subscription service alongside the upcoming Switch console. This would bring it in line with other console makers in charging customers for online services such as multiplayer matchmaking. There is also going to be additional free titles for subscribers to enjoy, although news has it that these will not work the same way that it does for PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live.
According to Kimishima, the service will cost between 2,000 and 3,000 Yen annually, which translates to about RM78 to RM118. For reference, a year of PlayStation Plus currently costs RM129.
It’s difficult to say if the online services will catch on. It will presumably contain the same offerings as those from Sony and Microsoft, although that is all conjecture at this point.