Gaming is expensive. This cost barrier is often one of the issues for the most hardcore gamers and newcomers alike. That being said, the creation of the Xbox Game Pass has begun to even the playing field, making gaming more accessible to those in the community with the lower income brackets and those who just can’t justify footing the bill for a game that their busy lifestyle won’t allow them to put hundreds of hours into.
If you’re unfamiliar with the platform, the Xbox Game Pass has been explained as the Netflix of video games, with a curated library of over 100 games, starting in 2017, the pass offered an older catalog of games and first-party titles available to play day one. However, until this year, the Game Pass hasn’t been given as much credit as it deserves since it was similar to the already existing catalogs offered by EA Access and PlayStation. That being said, at E3 2019’s Xbox Briefing they upped the ante by debuting the new Xbox Game Pass for PC and the all-in-one Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
With an all-digital streaming catalog that only continues to expand on Xbox, the Xbox Game Pass has come to play, with an exciting number of exclusives coming to the console, all of which will be available day one. In addition, Xbox embraced the motto “gaming for everyone,” and even taking it a step further to really push cross-platform play by making “play any game with anyone, anywhere” the motto for this briefing and for the launch of the Xbox Game Pass for PC. Opening in beta today, the catalog will include over 100 titles including the once exclusive Halo Master Chief Collection.
In addition to the Halo Master Chief Collection, other games in the PC catalog include:
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- Sunset Overdrive
- ARK: Survival Evolved
- Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
- Hollow Knight
- Shenmue I & II
- Metro Exodus
- Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
- We Happy Few
To top it all off, the first month of service will only cost $1 USD, then the $14.99/month USD after that.
The benefits of the Xbox Game Pass is that there is no limit to the number of games a player can download and install to their consoles. As long as a game remains in the Game Pass catalog, it is available for unlimited download and play. In addition, if you like what you play, you can purchase games in the catalog at a 20% discount, and any related add-on content for those games at a 10% discount so long as they are in the catalog.
But what about those of us who game on both console and PC? Xbox has that covered too, with the announcement of the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, subscribers will receive the standard Game Pass, Xbox Live, and the Game Pass for PC all for the standard price of $14.99/month USD. In addition, Xbox will honor any existing Xbox Live subscription time.
With this all-in-one option, Xbox has truly revolutionized what it means to put the community first. This move makes gaming more affordable, specifically with the addition of Xbox Live, a subscription which runs between $48 to $52 for the entire year, tack on the cost of new titles, and you have yourself some massive savings.
If you’re looking to jump into the expansive library of games that the Game Pass has to offer, you check it out today for $1 USD.
Kate is co-founder, EIC, and CCO of BWT. She’s also a Certified Rotten Tomatoes Critic, host, and creator of our flagship podcast, But Why Tho? and Did You Have To?. She also manages all PR relationships for comics, manga, film, TV, and anime. She has an MA in Cultural Anthropology and Religious Studies focusing on how pop culture impacts society.