As subscription-based, on-demand gaming services have gained popularity in recent years, both PlayStation Now and Xbox Game Pass have established their positions at the top of the market by offering a variety of content and great value for subscribers. There’s just one burning question demands to be answered: Which one is better?
It’s a tough one. Each has advantages over the other – PS Now has more attractive pricing plus its library of 700+ titles makes Game Pass’ library of 200+ titles look paltry in comparison, whereas Xbox Game Pass tends to offer more recent games as well as including first party titles on the day of release.
It’s hard to say which one is better overall, but taken one month at a time, we may get our answer. So join us as we look at what’s been added and what was removed from each service and declare which one came out on top in April 2020.
Sidebar: If you’d like to find out more about before venturing on a subscription to either PS Now or Xbox Game Pass, check out our feature examining the pros and cons of PS Now where we investigate how it stands up against its biggest competitors.
Sony’s headliner this month provides subscribers with a Marvel-ous addition to their Library in the form of 2018’s Spider-Man. In quite possibly the most satisfying superhero game to date, players take control of everyone’s favourite New York based, spider-themed defender of the innocent and patrol the beautifully recreated city, combating petty criminals and villainous masterminds alike in a must-play for any PS4 owner.
Supporting the iconic web-slinger this month are mayhem-enabler Just Cause 4 (2018) and highly-rated golf sim The Golf Club 2019 (2018).
Two of PlayStation’s biggest exclusives rotate out of the service this month: Horizon: Zero Dawn (2017) and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (2017).
Xbox Game Pass
Microsoft’s main attraction for April 2020 is 2017’s NieR: Automata, a game that shares a few similarities with Spider-Man – not only is it also one of the best single player experiences of the generation, but they both featured in prominent spots in our recent list of easy (but respectable) platinum trophies, making this a month of great additions for trophy/achievement hunters, as well as people who just like excellent things.
A variety of solid titles join Xbox Game Pass for April, most notably the uniquely hilarious Journey to the Savage Planet (2020) – and if you’d like a taster of the game’s comedy, check out our video highlighting the seven funniest things we encountered in our playthrough. We also get a day of release addition in the shape of tense, sci-fi adventure Deliver Us the Moon (2020).
Rounding out the month are Totally Reliable Deliver Service (2020), Alvastia Chronicles (2018), The Long Dark (2017) and Gato Roboto (2019), with Hyperdot (2019) and Levelhead (2019) set to join the service by the month’s end.
Xbox Game Pass absolutely hemorrhaged games this month and while they will all be listed below, I fully expect to lose the will to live before reaching the end. Here it goes:
Borderlands: The Pre-sequel (2015)
Borderlands 2 (2015)
Lego Worlds (2017)
Operencia: The Stolen Sun (2018)
The Golf Club 2 (2017)
Samurai Shodown (2019)
The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (2014)
Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition (2014)
MX v ATV Reflex (2010)
Have all left the service already, with the following games set to disappear by the end of the month:
The Banner Saga 2 (2016)
Bomber Crew (2017)
Fallout 4 (2015)
Full Metal Furies (2018)
Metal Slug 3 (2008)
Silence: The Whispered World 2 (2016)…Ah there goes the will to live, so close to the end too.
Smoke and Sacrifice (2018)
Wolfenstein: The New Order (2014)
That’s 21 games in total.
Winner – PS Now
A month of modest gains and losses vs strong gains and massive losses, a month that makes us evaluate how much weight is given to each aspect.
New additions benefit existing subscribers as well as prospective ones whereas the ‘farewells’ may impact a service’s appeal to potential members, but existing subscribers may well have had the opportunity to play through any of these titles that piqued their interest, therefore ‘new games’ will usually be the bigger factor in deciding a winner.
That being said, the ‘farewells’ certainly still make a difference, and while Xbox Game Pass would have taken the win if it were decided on new additions alone, it’s hard to overlook the service losing almost ten percent of its library in the space of a month. So with that in mind, we’re going to have to award April 2020 to PlayStation Now.
That’s our wrap-up for this month, but if you happen to be a subscriber to either service and are wondering what to play next, check out our list of the best hidden games on PlayStation Now and the best hidden games on Xbox Game Pass and find your next favourite game! No need to thank us, your undying love and the occasional fruit basket will do just fine.