Xbox Game Pass

by on 02/28/2017

[Update] Looks like the original news article says how much it is.

Today, we’re continuing our commitment to give you more options to diversify and expand your library of games with Xbox Game Pass, a new gaming subscription service coming later this spring. Xbox Game Pass gives you unlimited access to over 100 Xbox One and backward compatible Xbox 360 games – all for $9.99 per month Read more at http://news.xbox.com/2017/02/28/introducing-xbox-game-pass/#4OdEpZi9j9SPBblf.99 http://news.xbox.com/2017/02/28/introducing-xbox-game-pass/

 [Original below]

So today Microsoft announced a thing called Xbox Game Pass.  This is essentially a Netflix like subscription service that will allow anyone, regardless if you have Xbox Live Gold or not, to pay for a monthly fee for a games service.  Think of this like PlayStation Now, or how OnLive was supposed to work.  Now I really don’t like the idea of streaming huge game files over my connection, but luckily Xbox has me covered.

Based on fan feedback, streaming/connectivity issues were identified as a major pain point for competing game subscription services. That’s why games on Xbox Game Pass will be downloaded to your Xbox One, providing fans with a native, full-fidelity gaming experience and the ability to play downloaded games offline for up to 30 days. http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/xbox-game-pass

The service is said to have 27 titles at launch with more on the way.  The site mentioned above suggests over 100 are in the works.  So if you feel that maybe forking over $60 for a new game just isn’t worth it and you want to play some older titles this seems like it would be for you.  I’m guessing older because I feel that they wouldn’t put brand new games on here, unless it was Microsoft first party games or partnered games.

It also looks like it will be not only for Xbox One games, but it will have Xbox 360 games on the service as well.  I don’t know if that means they will just be the backwards compatible titles or if the service will also be on Xbox 360.  It would be a nice feature to have on both systems, but I would completely understand if they could only put it on their most current platform.

The last really cool thing about this service is that you get a discount for purchasing current catalog content.  So lets say you are playing Rise of the Tomb Raider and are really enjoying it and want to purchase it.  You get 20% off the digital version while it is still in the catalog.  Also note that any DLC that is associated with the game is also 10% off while in the catalog.  I see this being a great tool for developers who want to get their game out there for a bit and offer a competitive discount to Amazon Prime or Best Buy Gamer’s Club. You also get 20% off games at these stores, Amazon for first 2 weeks, Bust Buy all new games.  Depending on back end stuff a publisher could offer their game on the service for a week or 2 and allow people to purchase for 20% off.  Seems like a win win, I get to try it and if I like it I would buy the game.  Now of course I could just play and beat the game, but I do like to support the developer so I would like to buy it.

Lastly it looks like Xbox Gold members get first look at new content.  I like that Microsoft does this with Gold members, treats them with a sort of VIP status when they have services and content like this.  Very different on how they used to treat users on their platform and again gives another reason to join a great service.

Should you get this? Well until we know the price I can’t answer that.  But I will tell you that I am really looking forward to it. I like it because it is a revolving game library, not time based (like renting a game for a couple days), and I can download the full thing and play it offline if I need to.  It just adds up for a really big win, the last pieces are of course the games, and the price. the last piece is the games.  If there are at least 5 games that I could play and the price is reasonable then why not get it!  At least for a month or two.

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