What is Xbox Game Pass?
Written by Justin Fleming
Microsoft announced today a new digital game rental service called Xbox Game Pass. Microsoft boasts that it will contain over 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 Backwards Compatible games to be played on your Xbox One or Windows device. This new service will cost gamer $9.99 a month and games will cycle in and out. In the press release this morning, Microsoft claimed that 2K, 505 Games, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, Capcom, Codemasters, Deep Silver, Focus Home Interactive, SEGA, SNK CORPORATION, THQ Nordic, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Microsoft Studios were all on board.
This new service definitely gives EA Access a run for its money. Sure, this is at a higher price, but it features more than one developer. No word yet on how this will affect Games with Gold, the free monthly games that Xbox Live subscribers get just for being a Gold member.
This seems like a good deal on paper but when you add in $4.99/month for EA Access or $29.99/year depending on which route you go (you should be doing the yearly rate), this can add up quickly. It has been rumored in the past that Ubisoft was considering doing something like this and that would only add onto the cost. Variety and the ability to choose are great, however we are going down one of those paths that seem great, but could end up very costly in the end.
Just glancing over the game tiles on the website for it and I notice that I either own all of them or never had an interest in them to begin with. So who is this for? I believe this is for the casual Xbox gamer. They will be interested at this Netflix like subscription model and will immediately see their game library grow by over one hundred games.
Overall, I feel as if this is a good deal for the casual game but for the hardcore gamer that already owns everything, what is the point?
Xbox Game Pass launches later this Spring at $9.99 a month.