That’s not to say that I think the Xbox Game Pass is a bad idea. I just think that it could potentially be done better.
Currently, the subscription price is $9.99 a month. Which really isn’t cheap. Granted, you’ll be able to choose form around 100 games each month. But you won’t be able to keep those games.
At the end of each month, you’ll be able to purchase any of the games to keep for 20% off their retail price. Otherwise, you won’t be able to play the games you’d downloaded the previous month. Meaning you’ll have to uninstall them, and install some different games instead.
It’s not often that I complete a game within a month. But then that’s because I don’t tend to play short games. So the month limit on each game is a bit of a downer for me.
With EA Access, you pay the monthly subscription and you own those games for as long as you keep on paying the sub. Sure, there are less games to choose from – but I prefer the model. You can at least take your time with the games on offer.
In all, Xbox Game Pass seems like a good idea. But I’m not sure if it’s worth the money just yet. From the current list of titles – which is by no means complete – I’m not overly inspired.
Halo 5: Guardians, Payday 2, NBA 2K16 and SoulCalibur II have been mentioned so far. From the promotional images, it looks like we’ll be able to pick up Mad Max, Saints Row IV and Lego Batman, too. All great games, sure. But they’re far from current.
If those titles are the ones they’re using to try and inspire people about the service, I’m not really holding out too much hope.
But hey, maybe I’m just a pessimist. What do you think about the service, from what we know so far? Let me know in the comments below!