For those not in the know, the Xbox One is about to receive a new monthly paid program called Xbox Game Pass. Almost universally, it is being referred to as Netflix for gaming, and for good reason.
How it Works
The way that it works is that for 10 dollars a month, you will have access to over 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 games combined. The games available to you won’t be streamed. Instead, you can download them to your hard drive and play them until you are satisfied so long as it remains in the program, as games will rotate monthly. The games will not be recently released games at first. Most of the games will be older games and that is where hesitance to joining the program comes into play for some.
Clearing up Confusions
To clarify, the Xbox Game Pass is a separate subscription from the Xbox Live Gold subscription. Though the Xbox Live Gold is not required, you do need it to play multiplayer games the way you normally would for any Xbox multiplayer game. Because the Xbox Game Pass will launch with older titles, many don’t see it as a value or a benefit. In fact, as of the writing of this article, I am part of the Alpha preview test for the program and I already own most of the games that we are given access to (The entire list isn’t available yet. We only have access to about 23 games).
The value for this program is one that most haven’t thought of yet. The following is a list of 5 ways that the Xbox Game Pass can work in your favor, regardless of your current stance on the program as of now.
1. Budget Gamer
Though I am currently a proud member of the American Workforce, I remember being young and penniless. As a result, buying a video game in the 80s was a commodity that I was afforded once every 4 months. I would imagine that today’s youth find themselves in similar predicaments where they do not make a lot of money. If you are a teenager on a budget who isn’t part of the workforce yet, saving an allowance for 10 dollars is not that difficult a task. Instead of waiting a couple of months for the next big game, you can occasionally invest 10 dollars to play a larger library of games for a month. If you are a parent who has their child on a gaming budget, wouldn’t this be a more affordable incentive to give your child as a reward for his/her accomplishments monthly?
2. The Giver
On the other side of the spectrum there lies a group of people that are able to buy consoles for friends and family. Whether you are a parent, uncle, or other adult family member buying a younger relative their first Xbox One console, the previous entry price point would've have been the price of the console plus a $40-60 dollar game. Now, an alternative option exists in which you spend the amount of money that the console costs plus an additional 10 dollars for the Xbox Game Pass. This method not only saves you money but allows you to gift the person the console and over 100 games to start with.
3. Trendsetter , Lonewolf Go Getter
There is a large group of people who still prefer physical media over digital media. From that group, most choose a physical copy of a game because they have the ability to resell the game after they’ve enjoyed it. However, unless you are a full time gamer, life get’s in the way and not everyone gets to finish a game when originally planned. I can see the Xbox Game Pass being used to these people’s advantage in the following example: If a person buys a brand new game for 60.00 dollars but after about 2 weeks notices that he/she isn’t playing it as much because of life’s responsibilities, then that person may resell the game at its peak reselling price point. They aren’t playing the game anyway, so why hold on to it when life isn’t letting them enjoy it. However, the game may eventually come to the Xbox Game Pass. At that point, the gamer can resume their adventure where they left off and finish it. This would maximize the return value of the game while allowing the gamer to finish it when they have more time to invest in it. Grant it, there is always that risk that the game never comes to the Xbox Game Pass. However, the risk is similar when compared to keeping the game too long and not getting the amount of money back when reselling it. This is just an alternative option that has sprung up as a result of Xbox’s new subscription program.
4. Achievement Hunter
Believe it or not, there are some mad, insane, crazy gaming addicts that will not let go of a game until all achievements have been unlocked for that game, no matter how hard or improssible it may seem. These people are known as Achievement Hunters (just like a regular gamer, but more epic)!. Myth tells of some Achievement Hunters playing Hannah Montana: The Movie, The Videogame simply to get more achievements (those brave souls). Well, with the Xbox One Game pass, the achievement hunters will now have access to well over 100,000 achievement points monthly. If you weren’t already an Achievement Hunter, or the price entry point for that unique hobby was deterring you from trying, now you will have a a great access to many games that you didn’t even know existed. Go crazy and unlock to your heart’s content.
5. Content Creator
As a YouTuber myself (shameless plug), most of my followers constantly want me to play a variety of games. They change the type of game they want to play like I change my opinions on who is cuter, puppies or kittens. Now, any content creator can take advantage of a surplus of games to choose from for which they can live stream, do let’s plays, walkthroughs, or just gather clips for compilations instead of asking to borrow (or worse, stealing) from other YouTubers content. I know that personally, I will be looking forward to playing a variety of games and introduce them to my followers or accommodate their needs from a game within the vault. If you are a content creator, expect to get access to a whole lot more content come release of the Xbox Game Pass.
Where do you fit in?
Whether you are a gamer on a budget, a gift giver, a trendsetter, an achievement hunter, or a content creator, more than one reason abounds for you to look forward to the Xbox Game Pass. Let us know what you think of the Xbox Game Pass in the comments below.
Noe Monsivais (Trobadour_XP)
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