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February 2023

 Is Xbox Game Pass Worth it for PC Only Players?

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With the abundance of new games constantly releasing, it can be overwhelming. How will I afford all the games I want to play? What if I regret buying a game? Or maybe you’re looking for a way to test out games before fully committing to paying full price. If you can relate to any of these scenarios, then Xbox’s game pass may be the subscription service for you.

While you may hear ‘Xbox’ and think this doesn’t apply to you, a PC only gamer, you’re in luck! Xbox offers two subscription services for PC players, giving them access to over 400 games to play with more games being added all the time. The two subscriptions we will be going over into this article are the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription and the PC Game Pass subscription. We’ll be answering the hard hitting questions such as “what are these services?” and “how does this service benefit me, a PC gamer?”

PC Game Pass

$9.99/month

  • Unlimited access to over 100 high-quality games on PC
  • New games added all the time
  • Xbox Game Studios titles the day they release
  • Member discounts and deals
  • Includes EA Play

Game Pass Ultimate

$14.99/month

  • Unlimited access to over 100 high-quality games across PC, console, and mobile devices
  • New games added all the time
  • Xbox Game Studios titles the day they release
  • Member discounts and deals
  • Free Perks including in-game content and partner offers
  • Play games on your mobile phone and tablet from the cloud
  • Includes Xbox Live Gold and EA Play
The Game Pass Service

Game Pass is a service started in June 2017 that allowed subscribers access to hundreds of games on the Xbox. Since then, two more tiers for the subscription have been created, the PC Game Pass and the Game Ultimate Pass, which gives PC users unlimited access to this catalog for as long as they have a subscription. Gamers playing on a Macbook, tablet, or smartphone can also access and stream the entire game library through the cloud, so this service can be enjoyed by just about everyone everywhere.

Starting at $10/month for PC Game Pass or $15/month for Game Pass Ultimate, these subscriptions gives you unlimited access to a growing catalogue of over 450 games. These games include popular titles like Minecraft, the Yakuza series, and much more along with tons of indie games and instant access to newly released AAA titles. The game library is constantly being updated, with games rotating in and out of service. Don’t worry though – if a game you’re playing through the service is leaving your save data won’t be deleted and you are able pick up where you left off after buying the game. Members of the service also receive up to a 20% discount on titles that are leaving the rotation as well as up to 10% off related game add-ons, so you can buy your favorite games at a discount.

Members also receive other perks with the service! Microsoft offers the first month of membership for $1 – perfect for those who want to try out the membership without committing – and the benefits just keep coming from there. Members receive discounts and deals on games, perks including in-game content, partner offers, EA Play, and Xbox Live Gold.

EA Play

EA Play provides members with unlimited access to a collection of their most popular titles such as the Sims, Battlefield, Mass Effect, and more. Members receive a 10% discount on all purchases of Electronic Arts digital content, which extends to season passes, points packs, and DLC. Members also get the ability to test out select newly released games for up to 10 hours.

Xbox Live Gold

If you opt for the more expensive option of Game Pass Ultimate, you’ll get Xbox Live Gold included with your subscription. This add-on is important if you want to play online multiplayer games or if you want to play on a Mac or portable device through the cloud.  This add-on also lets you save up to 50% when purchasing games and gives members 2 free games a month.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • The first month of service is only $1
  • Large library of games to choose ones and new titles being added all the time
  • Affordable and depending on what titles you play, cheaper than outright buying games
  • Has a lot of game options for older PC build
  • Game data is saved even if a title is taken out of rotation
  • Good for people who play shorter games, game a ton, or like trying new games

Cons

  • Fewer titles than PS Plus
  • Games do not come with DLC
  • Cloud gaming streaming is limited to 1080p at 60 FPS
  • Titles rotate out of service
  • Not the best for people who don’t spend much time gaming or spend a lot of time on one game
Is it Worth it?

While the value of this service differs from person to person, I think we can safely say that Xbox’s PC Game Pass is more than worth it. At only $10/month, you can download and play an unlimited number of games from their library, get access to special offers, discounts, and services, and get instant access to Xbox Studio titles the day they release. If you want a bang for your buck or just want to try some new games for a month, the PC pass or Game Pass Ultimate is the way to go!

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