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Xbox Game Pass: 5 reasons why it’s worth it

Xbox Game Pass Landing Page

My top 5 reasons why the Xbox Game Pass is worth it. This is a subscription service that enables me to play a bunch of games from an online library without having to buy the game myself.

This is a pretty new thing for me, even though I know this business model has been around for some time, but I recently decided to give the Xbox Game Pass a try. There isn’t a free trial, but the entry price was so low that I just had to give it a go and after a bit of time with it, I’m glad I did.

1. Xbox Game Pass lets me play some big titles for a fraction of the cost

Store Front

Scrolling through the Xbox Game Pass library, I saw some pretty big titles included in the subscription service.

I was delighted to find that The Outer WorldsOri and the Will of The Wisps along with Metro Exodus were all part of the pass.

It’s always exciting to see some of the biggest gaming titles include a little “XGP” marker beside them. This means that I can play the game without having to purchase it separately from the subscription plan.

2. Saving ALOT of money on games with Xbox Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass Plans

I wrote this at a time in which they’re offering $1.00 for either option and a discounted price for PC users. I’ve already subscribed to the PC plan which is why it’s listed at the regular price.

So, this is how the Xbox Game Pass subscription model works:

  • Pay a low monthly fee of either $5.99, $11.99 or $16.99 depending on which tier you want to go for
  • Browse the Microsoft Store for your game of choice
  • Download it and Play

There are 3 different tiers of subscription available, a PC only ($5.99), console only ($11.99) and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate ($16.99). These are the Canadian prices.

US prices are $4.99, $9.99 and $14.99, respectively.

I think each tier is pretty straightforward. The PC and console option is for people who mainly play games on their computers or consoles.

The Ultimate version is for gamers who like to play on both.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate includes Xbox Live Gold membership, access to a larger library of games because of the console exclusives, with the option of playing on the computer if they want to.

You know, I find the very thought of paying an extra amount of money just so I could play online multiplayer on my gaming consoles to be quite baffling. I believe it’s an unnecessary gate that is blocking access to the internet that I already have, making me pay an extra monthly cost on top of my regular internet bill.

My logic is, if I’m going to be paying that extra bit of money anyway, might as well bundle it with the perks that come with the game pass. It’ll give me more bang for my buck.

3. Getting early access to first party titles

Another great perk to having an XGP subscription is that it gives me access to Microsoft Studios’ first party games without having to pay for them separately.

I quite enjoyed the Gears of War and Ori and the Blind Forest series, they’re fantastic. With XGP, I get to play any future titles of these franchises before their official release dates. I don’t even have to pay full price or pre-order them. They’re already included in the service.

As a frugal gamer, this really appeals to me. I get to play shiny new releases and keep more money in my pocket. It’s like having my cake and eating it too.

4. Discounts on game purchases

Discounted Game

On top of getting these “free” games, I get a discount on the titles that I might want to purchase for myself as an Xbox Game Pass member. Not all games are included in the pass. But I’ve seen that many of the games on the Microsoft Store are discounted for members.

Of course, these discount percentages vary from title to title but, if I were to buy a game from the MS store I’d still be saving a few bucks. Probably equivalent to, if not better than some other digital market places out there on the web.

5. There is HUGE library to enjoy and experience

Xbox Game Pass Games

First party games aren’t the only ones I have “free” access to, there are a variety of other options out there. Titles from other gaming studios such as Bethesda, Deep Silver, Ninja Theory and much more are part of the service as well and they are always adding to the library.

There are over 100+ games to choose from. I’d have more options if I had the latest Xbox consoles but, it’s still a lot. I wouldn’t be able to get through them all anyway, even if I were playing them 24/7. There’s enough to play for a lifetime and longer. 

The Xbox Game Pass is good, BUT…

I have some misgivings about the service, even with all these great perks. Just a few though and they’re not complete deal breakers. I’m just kind of whining like a little child here.

For one, not all the games available on the store is included in the pass, I mean this is understandable as not all developers want, or can afford to “give their games away.” It’s just not possible for some of them, financially.

I’m sure they’ll be given royalty fees, but probably not enough to justify it.

I’m also a tiny bit sad that not all the games will be available to PC users. I’d have to buy their console if I wanted to replay some older Xbox games. I don’t have a problem with their consoles, none at all. I just prefer to keep that extra $400 – $600 in the bank.

I’m just one of those people that want everything to be included, you know? If it’s going to be the “Netflix” of gaming, then Microsoft is going to have to do some more work. It’s looking like a great service so far, I hope they keep it up.

My last tiny little grievance with the service is that not all the games are discounted for members. It’s not really a deal breaker for me though.

I’m happy as long as I get to play most of the games I really want through the service. My experience with it so far has been pretty good, even with all these little complaints.

Have you tried it? What are your thoughts about the gaming industry moving towards more subscription based services like this? Love it, hate it? Let me know down in the comments, I’d love to hear your opinion on the subject.

Ryzehn

12 Comments

  1. What a fantastic idea! I think my other half who is into gaming heavily will benefit from this. Or maybe, I could reserve this as a birthday gift for him?? lets see… Thank you very much for sharing this with us so many of us could benefit form it.

    All the best

    • That’s great! Your other half would definitely appreciate it if they’re really into gaming as you say. If you use it as a birthday gift, it would be like buying him a whole library! It’s a fantastic idea, I’m glad I could share this info with you.

  2. Thank you for such an informative post, Ryzehn. This service appeals to the frugal side of me as well. I like to get the most bang for my buck. And being able to play newly released games without having to spend $60 for each one sounds like a fantastic deal.
    -Amanda

    • Indeed it is, a great option for those of us who like to save money, but still be able to play some highly anticipated games without having to put a dent in our pockets. I’m glad you found it to be informative as well!

  3. Hi there,

    great article. I really needed such a comprehensive article to get more information on xBox’s game pass. Also thanks for your honesty in sharing your “BUT” about the game passe.

    Best
    Fabian

    • Hey, thanks for reading and I’m glad you appreciated it. I try to be as honest as possible with my reviews and articles. I want to make sure that you have as much information as possible before trying a service like this out.

  4. Thank you so much for this great article, Ryzehn! I’m a huge gamehead who loves to play games without burning a hole through my wallet. Xbox has consistently been my favorite gaming system for 10 years now, as I love their variety of games, smooth game play, easy control navigation, interactive services (including some 3-D games), as well as great deals/prices on all of their products. I currently have an Xbox game pass, and I absolutely love it! I have saved your article and will definitely share it with my friends and family. God bless you!

    • Thanks, I’m always happy to see that fellow gamer has read through my posts and enjoyed them. I agree, my first actual console when I started becoming a serious gamer was an Xbox 360, I love their games and they put out some amazing content, I feel like they’re one of the more consumer friendly gaming companies out there. I’m also glad that they’re finally deciding to cater their games to the PC community as well with the game pass. Streamlining it all across their systems is a great decision on their part in my opinion. I’m so happy and grateful to you for wanting to share this article with your friends and family, I truly appreciate that! I hope they enjoy what I have written as well.

  5. Ryzehn,
    Thank you for the review of Xbox Live. It really is a fantastic service. I have several friends that benefit from it. Being a PC gamer myself, I definitely prefer the PC model (and to keep that $400-$600 in my pocket, too). I can relate to your misgivings about the service. It really should be all-included if Microsoft really does want to be the “Netflix” of gaming. I suppose there are rights issues with the content creators that prohibit such actions. Regardless, I appreciated your review!

    • Hey, thanks for checking out my post! Even with my misgivings, I think that Microsoft is on the right path to consumer friendliness. It’s true that they have a lot of rights issues to get through in order to provide the service that they are aiming for as the “Netflix” of gaming. As it is right now though, I still think the game pass is a brilliant service and I am looking forward to the day when it is more widespread and adopted by more game developers/publishers. I’m glad you enjoyed my article, I appreciate it!

  6. You did a great job ! I believe that this is the information that can’t be find on the web easily and you decided to share it with others for free, that’s really great!

    I didn’t know much about Xbox Game Pass but I’ve been always interested to know more about it and your comprehensive guide helped me a lot. I don’t know if you wrote this post 100% by yourself or got help from other sources as well, anyway, it has really brilliant information which convinced me to share it with my friends on social networks.

    I think, the Internet needs more quality posts like yours these days, especially when we see a lot of crappy ads and scams about this topic. You can’t read a post easily on a website without seeing tons popups but your site and post is an ideal example of a quality article which is not covered by annoying ads, has very useful information and lets readers enjoy reading every piece of it.

    Thank you again and I wish you continue providing such that quality information in the future which turn the Internet and blogs into a better place to surf!

    Best,
    Ali

    • I’m glad you found my website to be helpful. I know that there are a lot of people out there who are skeptical about business models like these. I was too, when I first found out about it, it sounded too good to be true. I mean, a whole library of great games that you could just download and play for an affordable monthly subscription fee? No way.

      So, I decided to take the plunge and share my experiences and opinions to let people know that it’s not a joke. It really is a great deal for gamers who also like to keep as much money in their pockets as possible. It can be pretty expensive to be a gamer, so the Xbox Game Pass is a great start towards a more consumer friendly industry.

      All the information I have wrote about here are from my own experiences with the service. I’ve been a subscriber for a short time now, but the value is fantastic. These are my honest opinions and thoughts on the service. I wholeheartedly support this service and believe that with time, it truly will be the “Netflix” of gaming.

      Thanks for enjoying my post and your kind words! Hope you can get the same value out of it as I do, should you decide to give it a try. I myself, do not like websites that lock this information behind a paywall, or a signup box, this information should be freely shared with others.

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