Arguably the best deal in gaming right now is Xbox Game Pass. The Microsoft service provides subscribers with unlimited access to a rotating selection of games. Now, some PC owners may turn their noses up at Xbox Game Pass because it’s branded for the console. However, while you can get more for your money if you also own an Xbox, there is still plenty of value for PC players. Looking ahead, we really think Xbox Game Pass will become a must, and that’s why.
Xbox Game Pass is often referred to as the Netflix of gaming. This may be a bit of an oversimplification, but it does provide some appropriate references. For a start, consider this thing you do with Netflix where you spend more time choosing what you want to watch than actually watching anything. This is also very easy to do with Game Pass. The size of the library is impressive and it can take a while to research everything and decide where to start. Another similarity with Netflix is that the selection is very diverse. Whether you’re after an exciting JRPG, a first-person shooter with a huge budget, a quirky mini-puzzle game, a challenging strategy title, or a realistic racer, there really is something for everyone.
Rise to importance
Like Netflix, Game Pass has really risen in popularity with its originals. Well, I say original, but it’s basically just first-party Xbox games. All releases from Xbox Game Studios are coming to Game Pass on day one. This means heavy hitters like HelloAnd the war equipmentAnd the Forza Motorsport And the Forza Horizon All available to subscribers at launch. Moreover, if you pay extra for Game Pass Ultimate, you will also get access to some expansion packs like the great hiveposters DLC for gears 5 Beside Fortune Island And the LEGO Speed Champions to Forza Horizon 4. It’s not just first-party addresses that arrive on the first day. Lots of indie games arrive at launch as well as some third-party games. For example, second extinction The game, which is still in early access/preview of the game, is now available to download and play.
Of course, Microsoft hasn’t fully immersed itself in glory lately due to its lack of first-party output. While there were great titles like ori Toys, gears 5, and the Forza Perks, there were also some disappointments. we look at you, funnel 3.
One of the ways Microsoft has tried to correct this is by purchasing some impressive development studios. Ninja Theory, developer HellbladeAnd the DmC, And the enslaved It was acquired and is now working on a sequel to Hellblade. Tim Schafer’s Double Fine Studio has been selected by Xbox. Obsidian, behind the studio Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic IIAnd the Fallout: New Vegas, The pillars of eternity series and outer worldsNow part of Xbox Game Studios. Add to this inXile Entertainment ( wilderness series), playground games (Forza Horizon), undead laboratories (state of decay), compulsive games (We are a little happy), and a new talent-packed studio called The Initiative that is working on a reboot total darkness.
It’s all great, but the real point was when Microsoft Acquired ZeniMax Media. This means that all new games from Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, MachineGames, Arkane Studios, and Tango Gameworks will be coming to Xbox Game Pass on day one. This is a large pool of talent that has been added to the service. And it’s already making an impact with titles like the death franchise, and insulting a series, Fallout 4 And the 76And the Rage 2And the victimAnd the The Elder Scrolls V: SkyrimAnd the inner evilOthers are available to subscribers. With games like starfieldAnd the The Sixth Sheikh ManuscriptsAnd the DeathloopAnd the Ghost Wire: Tokyoand MachineGames Indiana Jones Games in the pipeline, the future definitely looks full of content. Hopefully, Bethesda’s recent problems with rushing games that weren’t ready (fallout 76) or were scattered with microtransactions (Wolfenstein: Youngblood) with Microsoft’s financial strength behind it.
Cloud is the limit
If you choose the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Edition, you will not only get access to games and downloadable content. You can also access cloud games. Microsoft has been working on Project xCloud for years, and it’s now in public beta. Subscribing to Game Pass Ultimate gives you access to a selection of over 100 games that you can stream to your phone, tablet, or laptop. Obviously there are some limitations. You need a high-speed LTE or Wi-Fi connection. The service is also currently limited to Android devices. However, there is a closed beta currently running for iOS devices and it should eventually roll out.
Many tech companies believe that live streaming is the future of gaming. After all, why do companies like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft spend And therefore Much money on the development of broadcast technology? Cloud gaming for Xbox works similarly to Google’s struggling Stadia service. The biggest difference is the cost. You don’t need to pay extra for individual games as you can access the game library available through Game Pass. You also don’t need a specific controller. Any Bluetooth compatible controller will work. This means that it is actually possible to play Halo 5: Guardians Using a PlayStation console or Switch Pro console. And some games don’t even require a controller, as touch control is supported to a limited extent.
In the past couple of years, when Xbox Game Pass was really starting to make some waves, some other companies tried to get in on the action as well. The first to try his hand was Electronic Arts with EA Play. The service started out pretty solid because it was so cheap. It has suffered a bit though as the only games you can play have been titles that have already been released for six months to a year. The service has changed quite a bit now with the addition of a “Pro” version that allows PC owners to play games at launch as well. The standard version of the service is now included in Xbox Game Pass. After all, if you can’t beat them, join them.
Ubisoft has also dunked its toes in water with Ubisoft+. The publisher has included new releases from the beginning. However, it is difficult to know how successful it will be. It never gets the publicity that other services get, so one is inclined to think that it won’t last who – which we will. There was also a lot of talking That the service will follow the example of EA Play and be included in Game Pass.
Sony has a PlayStation Now service. The company has recently been trying to turn the service into something that could challenge Xbox Game Pass. It started as just a cloud gaming service, but now lets you download games as well as stream them. Like Game Pass, Sony has also opened up the service to PC owners, and it includes third-party titles. It has a lot of potential, but Sony is still reticent to include first-party titles in the service at launch.
The heavy hitter that can really turn things around is actually what service Game Pass is like. Netflix may also be looking at the gaming market for a while now. Rumors lately It was thickened with suggestions that they would offer an Apple Arcade-style option in the future. Netflix certainly has the subscriber base for a Game Pass challenge. But until he comes out and announces what he’s going to do (and how), it’s still a guess.
Don’t pass on Game Pass
Phil Spencer has done a lot to change the fortunes of Xbox. He’s bet big on Xbox Game Pass and it seems to be working. The service has more than 23 million subscribers and seems to be going from strength to strength. Expanding the service to include the PC is also a smart move that makes it a huge force. The addition of cloud games also means that it makes them more accessible. If this is really the future, then Xbox will already be around and will improve its platform to be among the best.
As an Xbox fan, Xbox Game Pass is a no-brainer. However, I firmly believe that if you are just a PC gamer, you should still consider the service. There’s a lot more on offer with our ever rotating library of games. Cloud gaming allows players with weaker systems to enjoy many delights throughout the library. With the investments they’ve also made in game studios, that library should continue to develop and showcase exclusive offerings that will be shared for single sellers. The future is bright, and the future will include Xbox Game Pass.