Microsoft needed something to keep up with the competition and to give their console an extra edge in the console wars. The answer? Xbox Game Pass; Microsoft’s library for games on Xbox and PC.
What is Xbox Game Pass?
Xbox Game Pass is a monthly subscription platform that gives you access to over 300 games with the promise for more in the future. These games include third party studio games and exclusives. Once the monthly fee is paid, you get access to all these games (which can be downloaded) and you can continue playing these games as long as you keep paying for your subscription.
The platform has games from indie developers and some games that aren’t “mainstream”. The plan is to encourage players to try out games they normally won’t give a shot. The platform doesn’t have only games for Xbox series X/S or Xbox one, it also includes games from Xbox 360 and the original Xbox. These games can be paid through backwards compatibility.
The wide range of games on this platform makes it a definite yes for Xbox gamers because you can access all these without having to buy them. Aside from having to subscribe to pay, all members are offered the option to buy at cool discounts (20%, 30% and even more off) for games on the platform. This way if you see a game you like, you can always pay for it and get the ability to play without subscription.
What’s included in the subscription?
Xbox Game Pass (along with access to over 300 games) comes in two packages; Console-only or PC-only version or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. The console or PC only version gives you access to only the game pass on your console or PC not both. This means you have to pay extra for a subscription on the other platform. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate gives you access to play on console and PC with included subscriptions to EA play, Xbox Live Gold and Xbox’s xCloud (formally known as Project xCloud). With a wider range of games and access to two platforms, Game Pass Ultimate is a better option.
Game Pass Prices
Xbox Game Pass is $9.99 monthly and $4.99 for access to PC beta while Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is $14.99 monthly. This is another reason why going for Game Pass Ultimate is a better idea and the fact that a regular Game Pass means you have to pay extra for your PC. Your access is guaranteed as long as you stay subscribed.
When it comes down, Xbox Game Pass has a reasonable advantage over it’s PlayStation counterparts. Xbox Game Pass is $9.99 (plus $4.99 for PC beta) while PS Plus and PS Now price is coming in at $9.99 each. It’s important to note that PlayStation doesn’t offer a bundle that lets you get access to both PS Plus and PS Now so you will have to pay for those two separately.
That’s not the only pricing area that Xbox Game Pass has an advantage. With Game Pass Ultimate you get access to 50+ EA games with EA Play and all of these things at an amazingly low price. There’s also a xCloud subscription which allows you to play on your mobile phone so you can hop out for a bite and still get to play your favorite games. Xbox Game Pass also offers new members a bonus of paying $1 for a month.
Xbox Game Pass gives its subscribers the ability to get games (exclusives) on the Game-Pass platform at launch day. Microsoft has said that the likes of Halo Infinite and the others will be on Game-Pass on launch day.
PS Now and PS Plus has a library of 800+ games while Xbox Game Pass has 300+ games. PlayStation may have the numerical advantage but Xbox offers more quality. Asides for backward compatibility that lets you play older games, Xbox Game Pass offers more quality that gives you better titles that makes it more than that, unlike its PlayStation counterparts.
New games on or coming to Xbox Game-Pass.
- The Medium
- Halo Infinite
- Psychonauts 2
- Cyber Shadow
- Inertial Drift
- Wasteland 3
- Microsoft Flight Simulator
- Tell Me Why
- Gears 5
- The Outer Worlds
- Ori Will of the Wisps
- Doom Eternal
- Bleeding Edge
- Gears Tactical
- Streets of Rage 4
- Minecraft Dungeons
Those are some of the new game on Game Pass and some coming to the platform. You can and will be able to access them once you subscribe.
Verdict: Game-Pass has all the hallmarks of a great streaming platform for games. It offers a lot and gives you quality. It’s definitely something any Xbox or PC gamer will want to get.