Discord, the platform for chatting with users on different servers about games and other topics, is rolling out a cheaper plan of its ‘Nitro’ subscription service to UK desktop users later today (August 18) called ‘Nitro Basic ‘.
Starting at roughly $2.99 a month, Discord told that it received feedback that users wanted access to the most popular features without having to pay $9.99 a month or $99.99 a year for regular nitro plan (opens in new tab).
Julie Park, Senior Director of Product Marketing at Discord, told us that the cheapest plan will roll out to UK users later today for desktop users and iOS users in the coming weeks.
While there are only four features available to start with, what they are might just try some users who didn’t want to pay for Nitro at its regular price every month or year.
What is included in Nitro Basic?
We asked Park why testing is starting in the UK and we were told it was due to the wide range of age groups and how servers are used across the platform, plus the UK being one of the most popular markets for Nitro. lately, which is why the test location made sense to the team.
Arguably, using Discord while playing a game has become second nature to some, especially given its Xbox and PlayStation 5 integration. However, Nitro Basic seems to be the best of both worlds for users – a monthly plan cheaper with four features:
- Personalized and animated emoji
- Increased file upload to 20 MB
- special stickers
- Special seal to show that you are a Nitro Basic subscriber
You could argue that without these four features to start with, a cheaper Nitro subscription would be next to useless. Fortunately, each of these will be tempting to many who use Discord on an almost daily basis.
Emoji is part of the platform, and being able to use custom and animated emojis will try many on its own. However, a higher file upload size limit, special stickers and even the ‘Nitro Basic’ badge make this an attractive price for what you get. However, you don’t get one of the adorable Funko-Pop-style faux figures that Discord used in their marketing material, which is a shame.
In addition, we also asked Park if Discord is coming to Nintendo Switch. Anyone trying to set up an audio call using the Switch Online service is a challenge in itself due to its complicated setup. However, Park confirmed that there were no plans yet for Discord to come to Nintendo’s console.
Regardless, Nitro Basic will be a tempting plan for many, especially casual gamers who can play a multiplayer game once a week. However, for others, the ability to use personalized and animated emojis may just convince many other users that you will be able to pay for the service.