No matter if you’ve only recently picked up an Xbox One, or have been a member of the latest console generation since Day one, one thing we all have in common is our love for games. So the announcement that Microsoft would be bringing a Netflix-style games subscription service to the Xbox One with 100+ games to boot was music to our ears. But now that it’s finally arrived on the Xbox One, is it such a good thing or are Microsoft a little too late to market?
There are many different types of gamers out there. There are those, much like myself, who like to dive into everything and anything, filling hard drive after hard drive full of the many different titles that arrive on the store. Then there are those who prefer to save a little cash and wait for the many deals that arrive. And then you have the gamers who prefer to pick specific titles to play each year, disregarding pretty much anything else that arrives. No matter which group you fall into, we can all agree 100 games is a pretty sizeable number, so in a sense of value for money, £7.99 per month for the Xbox Game Pass may sound like a no-brainer. But before you go adding to that subscription list, let’s take a little closer look at just what it is you’re actually getting here.
First of all, it’s worth noting the Xbox Game Pass isn’t a one stop shop for the latest blockbusters. In fact it isn’t exactly an entire collection of Xbox One games either, with a vast number of titles that make up the roster coming from the Xbox 360 category of games. But that doesn’t essentially mean this is a case of paying to play old games as there’s certainly a number of big budget titles in the mix – Halo 5 Guardians and Mad Max would cost a lot more than just £7.99 if you were looking to grab a disc or digital download copy of the game yourself.
There is however one issue the Xbox Game Pass runs into – an issue that drops the value of the subscription for long time Xbox Live members completely. You see, many of the games included in the service have been titles that have, at one time or another, been a part of the Xbox Live Games With Gold scheme. That obviously means that anyone who has had their Xbox One for a considerable amount of time will find themselves already owning a lot of the games included in the service.
Of course, we have already had confirmation that new games will come into the subscription and others will leave, meaning many of the games will change over time. But at present, for those who are long time console owners, I can’t see how the titles included are worth the subscription cost. Unless you’re entirely new to Xbox One (and looking for a hefty boost to your game collection), or if you’re someone who tends to only pick and choose between a handful of games each year, the Xbox Game Pass may not appeal.
That said the value of this service may be slightly commendable, even if you’re someone who owns a vast amount of the included titles. That’s because there is always the potential for that one game to be included, one that you’ve been casting your eyes towards, that is likely to cost you much more than £7.99. This could make it into a much sweeter deal worth taking – even if only for a month at a time. Again though, the likes of Mad Max, Halo 5 and Saints Row 4 are generally games you’ll have already bought If you have an interest in, and given that they are the main attractions right now, it’s probably worth holding off a little to see what Phil Spencer & co can bring to the table next.
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