One of the nice things about a subscription is that you can get gift codes for them at reasonable prices, and if the recipient already subscribes to one, they can still use the code to pay for more time.
For Xbox and PC gamers, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is, well, the ultimate gift, providing a large library of games, the ability to stream a lot of them to play on phones, low-power laptops, Chromebooks and TVs, many installable to a PC to play locally. One month is $17.
PlayStation Plus Premium isn’t quite as expansive as Microsoft’s Xbox offering, but for fans of the Sony console it offers a library of games, cloud streaming of some older generation games and more. One month is only $18, and three months is $50.
And for gamers who already have a large collection of PC games, Nvidia’s GeForce Now lets them stream a large and growing number of of them to any device that’s not a PC, such as Chromebooks, Macs and phones. There are two subscription tiers for GeForce Now, Priority and Ultimate; you don’t have to choose which, since that’s selected when the code is redeemed. For instance, the $20 code can be redeemed for two months of Priority or one month of Ultimate.