There’s no denying it these days. The price of a brand new game has skyrocketed since home consoles were first introduced and getting your hands on older titles can prove to be more than a challenge since everything is a digital download now and second-hand physical copies are slowly but surely becoming a thing of the past.
Enter the Xbox Game Pass. A one-way ticket to some of the best games in the Microsoft library, going back all the way to the original Xbox console, that can be download straight to your console or PC and played at any time. All for a small monthly subscription.
What piqued my interest the most is the new feature known as Xcloud. The new video game streaming service, very similar to Google Stadia, will allow you to play your favorite games remotely via an Android device and a regular Bluetooth controller connected to your smartphone.
It may only be in the beta testing phase right now but, as someone that’s always gaming on the go, it’s kind of like a dream come true to have something like Xcloud available that will undoubtedly take the mobile gaming experience to the next level while still enjoying that sweet sweet console action.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at Xbox Game Pass and whether or not it’s worth getting on board in 2021.
XBOX GAME PASS
So, How Does It All Work?
The next generation of consoles is already upon us and it seems as if all eyes are focused on the future and the games we might one day be able to play. But, the Xbox One has been around for almost 7 years and there are still many games I personally know I never got the chance to play.
While many players are out to get their hands on the latest and greatest games, there are still many titles in the back catalogs waiting to be played for the first time. This is where the Xbox Game Pass comes in, instantly giving you access to over 100 games on offer from the Xbox One, Xbox 360°, and the original Xbox Console.
This vast library of games is constantly on rotation, meaning new games are being added all the time while the less favored are placed back on the digital retail shelf. From Triple-A titles of the past to Indie games deserving of the spotlight, you’ll find something for everybody as you scroll through the list.
There are 2 different monthly subscriptions to choose from. Regular and Ultimate.
- Regular: Access to all the 100+ available games and all the new ones that are added as well as membership discounts and deals from the Microsoft store.
- Ultimate: All of the 100+ available games and perks plus EA Play, the exclusive library of EA titles, including games like Anthem and Titanfall 2, plus an Xbox Live Gold memberships, allowing you to play multiplayer whenever possible.
So, What’s Good About It?
Well, where do I begin? There’s so much to mention that I don’t know what to touch on first but I think I’ll start with the most important thing of all and that’s the price that you’ll need to pay to get in on the action and it is, by far, the best part about it especially if you’re newer to console gaming.
While I was expecting the selection of games to be more indie-focused, I was pleasantly surprised to find many of the games I had on my wishlist readily available for me once I unlocked the Game Pass. Considering how much console payers are expected to pay for new games these days, it’s a worthwhile investment.
Plus, adding an Xbox Live Gold subscription on top of a completely separate Game Pass subscription will add up in the long run. Many of the popular battle royale franchises, like Fortnite and Call of Duty: Warzone, will require you to have Xbox Live Gold to play online so having it all in one subscription only adds to its appeal.
Not to mention the fact that you’ll be able to play the latest games from Xbox Game Studios on the same day as their global release. I can’t wait to start playing Halo: Infinite on the day that it drops and I won’t need to worry about any pre-order hassles or getting it in store when the game will be readily available via Game Pass on day 1.
The Future of Mobile Gaming?
Now that is the question that I’ve been asking myself ever since I first found out about the Game Pass. While there have been different streaming services in the past, this one doesn’t require you to still purchase the games you want to play remotely. They will all be available directly off the Game Pass.
Well, as long as you have a good internet connection. I might be able to get a good connection from home but when I’m out in public or even at work, I’m dependant on a much weaker connection and can’t properly take advantage of remote play. It kind of relies on everybody everywhere using high-speed internet and that’s just not the case.
I think the subscription plan and game library at your disposal make Xcloud a more affordable option and the fact that you only need an Android device to make it work is an added bonus. This is just the beta for now so there should be many improvements made before the final release.
So far, there’s very little to complain about with the Xbox Game Pass for me. The fact that so many great games are available for one monthly subscription is a steal and the fact that I can also access his service across PC and Mobile is amazing. This business model might just be adopted by other console studios in the future.
Halo: Infinite might be delayed but I’ve got my sights set on playing and reviewing the game when it drops and I’ll already be set to play it thanks to the Game Pass. Plus all the other sequels that I never got the chance to play over the years. You can’t go wrong with a deal like this.
Do you use Xbox Game Pass? What do you think about the remote play function? Let me know in the comments section below.