Nintendo’s new Switch console will charge gamers between £14 and £20 a year for its online services.
That’s a lot cheaper than Xbox One and Playstation 4, which both charge upwards of £30-a-year for access to online gaming.
The figures were revealed to MCV, the games industry website, with Nintendo bosses promising to “fully commit to customers” online.
The console, which is both a telly-based machine and an on-the-go handheld unit, will launch next month.
Come this winter, the firm is promising a fully fledged online service.
Nintendo Switch Online Service will have a free trial period from March so gamers can try it out and see if it’s worth the £20 spend.
You’ll be able to battle in online matches against gaming rivals.
And there’s also talk of a smartphone app that helps you control your Switch account and online chat between players.
Each month, there will also be a NES or SNES classic game available to download for subscribers, which will be free to play for a month, as well as discounts on a selection of digital games.
That mimics what Xbox is doing with it’s monthly Games With Gold service, and Sony is doing with it’s PS Plus service on PS4.
Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima revealed it will cost somewhere between 2,000 yen to 3,000 yen a year in Japan.
That’s £14 to £20.
He said: “With paid [services], we will be able to fully commit to customers.
Kimishima also said Nintendo is “studying” adding virtual reality functionality to the new console too.
“If we are able to resolve the issues with playing [VR] comfortably for long hours, we will support it in one form or another,” he added.
However, no time frame has been provided.
In addition, Nintendo is planning to release two or three smartphone games in the fiscal year ending March 2018, the president also said.
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