nintendo switch vs playstation 4Free online multiplayer is a thing of the past for consoles, but which subscription service offers the best value?BI GraphicsSince its launch in March 2017, owners of the Nintendo Switch console have been able to play games like “Splatoon 2” and “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe” online for free.

Nintendo was the last major console maker to offer free online multiplayer services, but the launch of the Nintendo Switch Online subscription service marks the end of an era for the console — and for online gaming in general. 

Starting September 18th, all console gamers on the current generation of systems, which include Microsoft’s Xbox One, Sony’s PlayStation 4, and the Nintendo Switch, will need to pay for a premium service to play their games online with friends and other players around the world. Switch Online will be significantly less expensive than Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus, but players may be getting less bang for their buck with the Nintendo service.

Let’s dive in to how the three services stack up: