Uplay vs Steam – Which One is Better
In this article, we take a look at the two biggest digital distributors of PC games, Steam and Uplay. Most of you will probably have at least heard of Steam, but it is possible that Uplay is a new term for you. We will compare the two companies, their services, their libraries of games, and usability.
The Big Picture
Steam is the biggest digital distributor on the PC. It was created by Valve back in 2003, and it is responsible for the distribution of many game series like Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Portal, Left 4 Dead, Dota 2, and more.
Uplay is the PC gaming platform of Ubisoft. It is responsible for the digital distribution of Ubisoft games, including the Assassin's Creed series, Far Cry, Watch Dogs, etc.
Both Steam and Uplay work on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Steam OS. For Uplay, it's also possible to play on PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. On Steam, it is also possible to use a gaming console through the Steam Link and Steam Controller.
The Price Level
Both Steam and Uplay offer a huge library of games at a wide variety of price levels. You will find plenty of games on both platforms, from a free-to-play game like Team Fortress 2 to a triple-A title like Grand Theft Auto V.
Steam offers games at a fixed price point, with some on sale. It is possible to buy games on Steam using a credit card, a Steam Wallet, or using Steam Trading Cards.
Uplay games are available only at a fixed price point, using Uplay credit or Ubisoft credit card. Credits are offered as a reward for pre-ordering games. It is not possible to buy Uplay games using a Steam Wallet.
Steam Trading Cards are collectibles that are offered to you by playing games on Steam. They are virtual trading cards you can use to get new badges, backgrounds, emoticons, coupons, animated backgrounds and cards for Steam forums. Uplay only offers virtual badges that are designed to show you have achieved specific tasks, rewards, or achievements in Uplay-enabled games.
You can get Steam Trading Cards by simply playing games on Steam. You can also get them by buying or trading game items, or by selling items in the Steam Community Market. On the other hand, the only way to get Uplay badges is by completing in-game tasks in Uplay-enabled games.
The Library of Games
Steam is the biggest digital distributor on PC, and it has an enormous library of games. Some of the best selling titles on Steam are Grand Theft Auto V, The Witcher 3, Fallout 4, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, Garry's Mod, Team Fortress 2, Payday 2, Warframe, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, ARK: Survival Evolved and many more.
Steam is not only a digital distributor of games but also a social network for gamers. It allows you to create your profile, add friends, join groups, host sessions, start discussions or join discussions, read reviews, write reviews, follow updates, watch broadcasts, create guilds, trade items, games, cards, earn achievements, and more.
Uplay is a digital distributor for Ubisoft games. It allows you to create your profile, add friends, start discussions, join discussions, read reviews, follow updates, and more.
By installing Uplay, it is also possible to play some Ubisoft games without the game disc, using Uplay's streaming feature. Uplay also has a social network for gamers, but it is much less used than Steam.
Steam is the biggest distributor of games on PC, with thousands of games to choose from and an enormous user base. Uplay has a smaller library of games, but it also has some very good titles like Assassin's Creed, Far Cry, Watch Dogs, and more.