Is Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass on demand subscription service worth your money? The Sports Courier puts it to the test!
TSC Gaming’s Fred Richani reviews the brand new Xbox Game Pass subscription service from Microsoft, which provides over 100 current Xbox One and Xbox 360 titles to play for $9.99 per month! Is Xbox Game Pass worth your money? Find out in this review!
Update 2/1/18: Microsoft is now adding Xbox exclusive games at launch as part of your monthly Xbox Game Pass subscription.
Xbox Game Pass Review – Xbox One
Xbox Game Pass is Microsoft’s new subscription service available on Xbox One for $9.99 per month after a 14 day free trial.
This is a Netflix style service, but instead of streaming content or in this case, games like PlayStation Now on PS4, you download the games onto your hard drive and can play them for the duration of your subscription. The same concept is applied to Xbox Live subscribers’ Games with Gold as in free monthly titles Microsoft allows you to fully download and “own” for as long as you are a subscriber.
Compared to PlayStation Plus, you are far less likely to have frame rate issues once the games are downloaded directly to your hard drive and that’s always a good thing for any gamer.
With Xbox Game Pass, you have access to over a hundred Xbox One and Xbox 360 titles from all kinds of genres, including the Gears of War series, D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die, NBA 2K16, Farming Simulator 15, Mad Max, Halo 5: Guardians, the Bioshock series, Borderlands, and WWE 2K16. It’s not the biggest selection thus far and it hasn’t been confirmed which titles are staying and going (much like Netflix, content will be added/removed) but over time, the library will increase according Microsoft. Throw in a few original old school Xbox games that are sure to be eventually added and you have yourself not one, not two, but three generations of good to great titles to choose from.
As someone who’s a hardcore gamer that owns a PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, gaming PC, Nintendo Switch, Wii U, and 3DS with subscriptions to Live Gold, PlayStation Plus, and EA Access (hey, don’t judge me), I wouldn’t say this service is necessarily meant for gamers like me. But if you’re someone who doesn’t buy a whole lot of games, is new to the Xbox party, or simply wants to try some great titles you never got your hands on before, Xbox Game Pass might be the subscription service for you.
For $9.99 on top of your yearly Xbox Live Gold subscription fee of $59.99, it’s not a bad deal at all and one you can cancel anytime with no hassle.
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