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Tekken 7 comes to Xbox Game Pass in January alongside Grand Theft Auto 5, maybe it's time we take a closer look at these services

The game is already available on PlayStation Now as well

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • January 8, 2020 at 6:15 a.m. PST • Comments: 12

Game service subscriptions are probably not something that many fighting game fans think about right now, but perhaps it's about time we give things a bit of a closer look.

Microsoft revealed the list of games that will be coming to the Xbox Game Pass for console in January 2020 including Bandai Namco's huge fighting game Tekken 7 along with Grand Theft Auto 5 and other titles like Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet and Frostpunk.

Taking a closer peek into Game Pass and PlayStation Now's offerings reveal that there is quite a nice library of fighting games developing between the two.

Those looking to download Tekken 7 on Xbox will need to wait until January 16 to do so though it unfortunately will not include the PC version as well it seems.

Out of the almost 300 titles currently on Xbox Game Pass, there's also a decent collection of other fighting game titles to check out including Jump Force, the entire Killer Instinct series, King of Fighters 98: Ultimate Match, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Mortal Kombat X and Samurai Shodown 2.

The PlayStation Now service offers a more robust selection of titles in the genre though we have to remember that the PS3 titles can only be streamed due to the lack of backwards compatability on PS4.

Tekken 7 is already available on PS Now which means that subscribers can download the base game to their PS4 at home plus a wide array of fighters including Mortal Kombat 2011, Injustice, Mortal Kombat X, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Dead or Alive 5, Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown, King of Fighters 13, Virtua Fighter 2, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Skullgirls Encore, BlazBlue Chronophantasma Extend, Arcana Hearts 3, Fighting Vipers, Garou Mark of the Wolves, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Sonic: The Fighters, Brawlout, Divekick, Street Fighter 3: Third Strike Online Edition and Nidhogg.

Personally I tried PlayStation Now a number of years ago and was left fairly impressed, so once Sony dropped the monthly price down to $9.99 USD last year, I decided to hop back on and give it another go with the updated PS4 library.

Overall, I've enjoyed my time with the service and streaming over a wired connection gave me personally a great picture quality and almost unnoticeable input delay which made me forget I wasn't playing locally on multiple occasions.

Even games like Tekken Tag Tournament 2 were entirely still fun and playable though what little delay there was for me is of course slightly more noticeable at times.

Streaming fighting games will probably never be the preferred way to play the genre, but for players who no longer want to dig out a PS3 to play some classics, it gets the job done and certainly scratches that itch.

Xbox Game Pass and PS Now work similarly to other services like Netflix where subscribers will have access to the full catalog at all times, but there will be games added or removed from time to time that they won't be able to keep once they're gone.

I've personally never tried Game Pass, but its offerings of dozens of high quality games are hard to deny along with its recent addition of a PC pass as well.

Like PS Now, Xbox Game Pass is also $9.99 a month for the console version though it seems like Microsoft pretty much always offers deals to try it out for free or $1.

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