Xbox Game Pass: The Time Is Now
Do you love executing enemies with the lancer chainsaw in Gears of War? Can you not get enough of Master Chief? Will you be buying any of the upcoming Xbox exclusives like Sea of Thieves? Do you own an Xbox console and love to play games? If you answered yes to any of those questions it may be time for you to look into the Xbox Game Pass.
As a gamer for over 20 years, I have seen things change and evolve many times over. For me a part of gaming is having the collection of games sitting in the entertainment center next to my console on display. The attachment to a physical copy of a game is something I cannot explain but hold onto dearly. This is one of the main reasons I found myself hesitating on the Xbox Game Pass.
The idea of digital ownership of games over time has grown on me though. I now own multiple games in their digital versions, in fact the majority of my current gen library is digital. Now, I am not here to argue to pros and cons of digital as far as “ownership” and licensing rights. There are definitely valid arguments on both sides of that debate. I can say that as time has passed, technology has changed, I too have become accustomed to instant gratification and desire the ability to seamlessly switch between apps, TV, movies, and games instantly.
Insert Xbox Game Pass
This desire for instant gratification is now a reality and I think I am ready to accept it. It is hard to argue that the value of the Game Pass is anything but exceptional. With a library of over 100 games that is adding new games constantly there is plenty to choose from. Xbox doesn’t leave anyone out either. If you love some of the games you played on Xbox 360, they have a dedicated library of backwards compatible games. If you are a fan of indie games, the Game Pass has you covered.
You can download all the games in the pass right to your respective storage device to play instantly in full fidelity. All that for $9.99 per month. I can no longer make any excuses for myself. It is a great deal. In addition to the large library of accessible games, subscribers also get up to 20% off on Xbox One game purchases and 10% of add ons. All this is really great, but it is Microsoft’s latest announcement concerning game pass that has pushed me over the edge.
Exclusives Same Day As Retail
As an avid gamer I play lots of different games. I like different genres, and I play different games for different reasons. These things lead me to purchase multiple titles throughout any given year. This can be expensive with each AAA title costing $59.99. Gamers could spend hundreds and even thousands of dollars a year on games if they want to play all the new titles upon their release. Microsoft has completely changed the landscape.
Starting now, any and all first party Xbox exclusives will be featured in Xbox Game Pass day and date of their retail release. This is a game changer. A full year subscription to Game Pass will run you $120.00, that is the price of two brand new games. For that price you will now be entitled to the likes of Sea of Thieves, Crackdown 3, State of Decay 2, Gears of War 5 (we know its coming), Halo 6, and many more. These are just some of the big titles that we know about. This years E3 is set to be packed full of game announcements, specifically Xbox exclusives. 2017 was the year of hardware with the release of the Xbox One X, which I will be giving a full review of now that I have had months to play with it. This means 2018 will be all about the games (at least it needs to be).
With all those games, especially the brand new exclusives, available to you along with the games and add-ons discounts the Xbox Game Pass is not only a massive value but a tremendous bargain in my opinion. I have a feeling that this is just the first step into a new age of accessing game content and I am excited to see where it goes.
If you want to see a list of Gamespot’s most anticipated Xbox One exclusive games of 2018 check the link.
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