Xbox Game Pass is a System Seller

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Being a gamer is not a cheap hobby, especially if you are trying to stay relatively current with modern trends and games.

The price of entry to the current generation of home consoles is already $250, and up to $400 for the “premium” PS4 Pro. We will find out (hopefully) at e3 just how much the Xbox Scorpio will set gamers back. And a powerful PC can push even closer to quadruple figures.

As someone with limited means and time, finding ways to stretch my dollar while still playing the latest games is always a challenge. Xbox, with the brand new Game Pass, may have a satisfactory alternative to the constant buying, selling and trading cycle I am perpetually entwined in presently.

The Game Pass, which is available for a free 14-day trial for Xbox Live Gold members, will cost $10 per month moving forward. It provides access to 110-plus games, with a list that promises to grow. According to Eurogamer, games could be added and taken away similar to how Netflix handles movies and shows. Games are also downloaded rather than streamed, and you can play a game for up to 30 days offline.

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As a PS4 owner who has been with the PlayStation ecosystem for 17 of the past 20 years — I did initially go with Xbox 360 last generation — one of the barriers to me considering switching to Xbox has been the sizable library of games I’ve amassed digitally that I would be forfeiting. The Game Pass would provide a similar sized library out of the gate, including both games I own and console exclusives I’ve never played.

I could spend $30 on EA Access for a year and $10 per month on Game Pass, and essentially not need to buy another game. For the price of one indie game per month, I can play Halo 5, Sunset Overdrive, Massive Chalice, Gears of War, Fable 3 and much more. This is a major selling point for me, and one that has me paying closer attention to the Scorpio and potential Xbox One S price cuts.

Now, these services aren’t the only thing that matter. I love playing on PlayStation. I prefer the controller and the ecosystem. I love the exclusive games I’ve played and I’m looking forward to many Sony-exclusive games expected over the next few years. But Xbox has my attention with these forward-thinking services. If they can deliver on exclusive games in the future, then Xbox may have more than just my attention.

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4 Comments on “Xbox Game Pass is a System Seller

  1. These are some really good points Seth! I think that even though for many people it will still come down to the exclusive content, this is a solid opportunity for those who wants an Xbox, but don’t want to commit to the cost of a new library of games. Thanks for writing this!

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    • Thanks! I really do think that.

      On my list of “reasons why I’m not looking to change from PS to Xbox” the “library I’ve built” is now essentially a non-factor. Yes, I’d still “lose” my library of digital games. And with Game Pass, you don’t “own” any of the games. But there are few games that I’m playing longer than 2 months after I’ve bought them, or more than 1 time through.

      If Xbox has a good e3-and-beyond, and has some interesting (to me) exclusives lined up, I’ll definitely be interested. Still a hard sell because I love-love-love Naughty Dog’s games, and the Supergiant Games (which appear to just be on PS4 on console for now) and other Sony exclusives that are lined up. But it’s harder to look at things on a cost-benefit analysis now and not side with Xbox purely on a dollars-spent to games-played basis.

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