Xbox Game Pass, the revolutionary service from Microsoft has not only been leading the subscription service market but also constantly changing it for the better since the day it launched and now with EA Play around the corner, the possibilities are seemingly endless. Here’s why Xbox Game Pass is the best subscription service for the console, PC and mobile gamer.
When it comes to price there’s two different tiers to choose from but three total options. The first tier is specifically for either the PC or console gamer, offering the same price and benefits. Offering $9.99 for either option for over 100 games to download and play, including Xbox Game Studio games day of release. This tier also gives you discounts across nearly the entire Microsoft store. Now, this doesn’t get you Xbox Live Gold, so you can’t play most games online but Xbox Game Pass hosts a large assortment of single-player games with local support. The next tier, the perfectly titled Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which includes Xbox Live Gold, is the best in my opinion. Getting you the absolute best bang for your buck at $14.99, it’s already worth everything you’re getting, just by including Xbox Live Gold, with all previously stated benefits of the program but there’s much more to unpack here.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate
Xbox Live Gold, perks, additional exclusive sales and deals, and cloud gaming are just some of the extras you get with the Ultimate tier of Xbox Game Pass, allowing you take full advantage of everything Microsoft and Xbox have to offer you with your Xbox One and the upcoming Series X & Series S. If you have an Android phone or tablet you can play games on your Xbox straight to your phone. Currently, iPhone users can only remote play from the same WiFi network, but personally I have had very few problems, but be mindful it is still in beta for iPhone and Android devices. Now, what Xbox calls “perks”, are a combination of constantly added sets of cosmetic items, DLC packs, free movie rentals and other very interesting content for games like Overcooked 2, PUBG and World of Warships.
EA Play, previously known as EA Access, already an existing subscription service that originally launched only on Xbox One and Windows. Then, four years after launch the service finally released on the PlayStation Store. Including a pool of hit games from publisher EA, known for games from the plethora of sports games like Madden, FIFA and NHL franchises within the EA Sports division to games like the Need For Speed series and the highly acclaimed Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order. Starting November 10th, Game Pass Ultimate members will be able to play games like Jedi Fallen Order, Skate 3 and Rocket Arena and more when EA Play gets integrated into the ultimate tier. So to recap, you will get everything Game Pass has to offer, including EA Play at no additional cost and Xbox is almost always running a promotion for Ultimate, you can currently find this promotion on Game Pass section of their website which you can find here stating, “Get your first month for $1, then $14.99/mo.” That’s two libraries of AAA to indie games across three generations of consoles and PC, a large variety of perks, discounts and Xbox Live Gold to play any feature of the previously mentioned titles.
So, if you’re a current Xbox Live Gold or Game Pass subscriber, or this article helped you decide if you’re going to upgrade to Ultimate it’s sure to be a smart decision. Be sure to let us know in the comments below how you feel about Xbox Game Pass or just Xbox in general.
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