Cloud Gaming is an exciting new technology for Gamers. There are many companies that now offer Cloud Gaming Services. With that said, pricing can be all over the place. Which companies offer the cheapest Cloud Gaming services? Let’s find out!
It’s worth saying right now that there currently are no free Cloud Gaming services (you can however start playing for free with many of them). In our quest to find the cheapest Cloud Gaming services, it’s important to measure them all in the same way.
For this article, we will measure pricing based on playing for 30 hours per month. It’s entirely possible that you play for more or less than this amount. If you do, then you should be able to use the same logic that we used to determine pricing for your usage. Let’s dive into 3 of the cheapest Cloud Gaming services available!
Snoost is famous among Cloud Gamers for their extremely low pricing. They start at $9.99 per month for unlimited hours of Gaming. It’s unusual for a company to offer an all-you-can-eat buffet of Gaming, so we will convert this number into an hourly rate based on playing for 30 hours per month. Dividing $9.99 by 30 equals 0.33 cents per hour. And as you’ve probably guessed, the value just gets better the more that you play! If you’re a heavier Gamer that plays for 60 hours per month, you’ll only end up spending 0.16 cents per hour! That’s a ridiculously low price. Snoost is available in the United States and in Europe (with plans to expand to other regions in the future).
Note: As of this writing, Snoost is offline for further development. They plan to launch their beta product in the near future. You can sign up on their website to be notified when they are available again.
Vortex is popular among Gamers because of the number of devices that they support through their service. You can play in a dedicated Windows 10 App, in a Chrome Browser, and on Android. Outside of their multi-platform approach, Vortex also offers great value to Cloud Gamers. For $9.99 per month, you get 100 hours of Cloud Gaming. That makes their service only 0.09 cents per hour if you play 100 hours each month. If you only play for 30 hours, then the price is 0.33 per hour just like Snoost. And just like Snoost, the value just gets better the more that you play.
LiquidSky is one of the more well-known names in Cloud Gaming. They have an extensive network of Cloud Servers, and they are available in many countries (USA, England, Germany, Hong Kong). LiquidSky has several pricing packages.
Their most popular option is their pay-as-you-go service. With this service, you purchase a bundle of “Sky Credits” that are redeemed for Gaming time. There are two different Sky Credit packages to choose from.
The Gamer tier gives you access to a basic machine that is low powered. It can play Games at 1080p 60 fps at low settings. It costs $9.99 to purchase 25 hours of Game time on the Gamer tier. This breaks down to 0.39 cents per hour.
The Pro tier gives you access to a more powerful machine that can play Games at 1080p 60 fps at medium-high settings. It costs $9.99 to purchase 12 hours of Game time on the Pro tier. This option is a little more expensive and breaks down to 0.83 cents per hour.
As you can tell from the numbers that we just shared, it can be very affordable to enjoy Cloud Gaming. So let’s break down how much it would cost to play 30 hours through each company:
- Snoost – $9.99 for 30 Hours
- Vortex – $9.99 for 30 Hours
- LiquidSky – $11.70 for 30 Hours (on the Gamer tier)
With Snoost and Vortex, your hourly price just gets lower the more that you play. LiquidSky is a bit more expensive, but is available in some regions where Snoost and Vortex are not. LiquidSky also just received funding from Alley, and are expected to continue developing and improving their product. So the future could be very interesting.
Let us know what you think! Do you feel that these prices are affordable? Would this be enough for you to consider trying Cloud Gaming? Let us know in the comments!
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