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.