Its Xbox Turn for Subscription Game Service

Ugh, with this again. Okay, to be fair not all the subscription deals are bad since I am a member of EA Access, but situations like PlayStation Now made me a bit off the edge with the rental of streamed games. Today Xbox announced their own version of subscription to an unlimited number of games to play that also offers access to backward compatibility games. Let’s dive into this information coming from Major Nelson.


Today, we’re continuing our commitment to give you more options to diversify and expand your library of games with Xbox Game Pass, a new gaming subscription service coming later this spring. Xbox Game Pass gives you unlimited access to over 100 Xbox One and backward compatible Xbox 360 games – all for $9.99 per month.

Off the bat, this is already an impressive deal from what PS Now is offering, but a bit more pricey than EA Access. However, the Xbox line up of companies is quite vast considering that monthly cost.

  • 2k
  • 505 Games
  • Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Capcom
  • Codemasters
  • Deep Silver
  • Focus Home Interactive
  • Sega
  • SNK
  • THQ Nordic Gmbh
  • Warner Bros. Interactive

Also the added addition of compatible Xbox 360 games it is already sounding like a win to me. The best thing about EA Access to me is that there is no streaming, you have to download the game in order to play which was the downfall with PlayStation Now in my opinion. If your net is not up to the challenge then you wasted that rental. Now, what does the Xbox Pass do?

One of the best things about Xbox Game Pass is that you can discover and download the full titles directly on your Xbox One. That means continuous, full-fidelity gameplay without having to worry about streaming, bandwidth or connectivity issues. In addition, all Xbox One games in the catalog – and related add-ons – will be available to purchase at an exclusive discount for Xbox Game Pass members, so you can make the games you love part of your permanent library to play whenever you want. Every month new games will cycle into the subscription with some cycling out, giving you a constantly updating library of games. Xbox Game Pass is your ticket to endless play.

Oh, Snap, I see you Xbox, I see you! Okay, my doubts on this service are starting to disappear, but for those that do not have space, I would advise in getting an external hard drive to handle the downloads. They also give you the option of purchasing said game at a discounted price same as I did with Need for Speed with EA Access.

The only drawback I am concerned about is all the cost. Do not get me wrong, this service sounds better than what PSNow was offering and doing, but even if it is an option. I take into consideration of the amount of cost. We tally this up with Xbox Live being $60 a year, plus Xbox Pass for $9.99, plus my EA Access which is $4.99 a month and let’s pick one MMO monthly cost DCUO $9.99 a month. Okay, now we add all them up for a yearly fee each and then add that final number. Thank the scientist for calculators, because my beast self-sucks at math!  I am going to slap someone, $359.64 a year and that is just on my end not including Netflix and other bills with that so I can game.

Halo 5 will be one of the titles during the launch of Xbox Pass in Spring.

Do not be too discouraged, that is just my estimate on my end, but with all the subscriptions going on. I am quite curious on some incentive for me to pick your sub vs. everyone else. At the end of the day am I getting a discount on my Xbox Live if I am a Pass member? I mean considering some gamers I know pay a monthly fee for Xbox Live if they join this is it required to have live as well or do we automatically get live?  I asked Lady Arsenic on her thoughts on Xbox Pass.

It’s a never ending seriously stop making gaming more costly…For no reason…Now don’t get me wrong if you in a rut, nothing to play grabbing a cheap 1 month to unlimited games to play is worth it. However EA access is pretty dope since it’s Newer games, and they give free timed trials exclusive to upcoming new titles.

In all that being said, it is not that bad and you do have a choice in the subscriptions. I for one will probably end my other subscriptions to focus on Xbox Pass and my Xbox Live. Before you try to defend PlayStation Now and I know you will. The big difference is that PS Now for One Month is $19.99 or 3 Months for $44.99.  I think the Xbox Pass is doing it right by their price point and not relying on a streaming service.

All right gamers, I hope you enjoyed this post and be ready for the release of Xbox Pass later this spring. However, for Xbox Insider users you will be selected to try this out early. This is all to get ready for the Holiday release for the Xbox Scorpio which makes me wonder what is in store for the future of gaming? Will it take the style of Steam and will buying physical copies go fully digital? What say you? Please share your thoughts in the comments area below and also subscribe to the site by adding your email on the sidebar to your right. -Beast Out-

Beast Gamer Kuma

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I am a Beast trying to get his game on. Living by the ways of the Konami Code for many years until I decided to share my knowledge and opinions of the gaming world for you mortals. I hope you enjoy the content that we provide here! - Beast Out -
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