Why I’m passing on Xbox Game Pass – Reader’s Feature

A reader argues that Game Pass isn’t always the best or cheapest way to play games, especially if you’re just a little patient.

For the last year or so we’ve heard that Game Pass is the shiny new best place to play games, offering untold value and will be the death of PlayStation.

I’ve had Game Pass for some time now and it’s fair to say that there is some truth to this. However, it’s not the full story. Here’s why.

I think it’s fair to say that Game Pass is great value, being able to play a newly released game for a fraction of the price via the monthly subscription fee is brilliant and if you play these games day one, it’s a no-brainer. Then there are the rest of the games that you can play in the meantime, between releases. It all adds up to being a cost-effective way of playing games. This has been the argument for why Game Pass will slaughter the competition and you can see why.

There are plenty of gamers who may look forward to a particular new release but with such a vast library of quality games available to play, and only so many hours in the day to play them, getting every game day one doesn’t make sense. The cost of a new release isn’t the only consideration. The time you have available is a factor too and for many it’s the only one that matters.

Personally, I have God of War (2018) downloaded and can’t wait to play it. It’s a high profile game but it’s already been out for four years and even if it takes another four until I get around to it, it won’t matter to me. Its new release value has already been resigned to bargain bin territory. Those of us who browse the sales or buy games second-hand from CeX, etc., we already get great value.

And as for a library of games to play, I’ve amassed quite the collection already, the odd game here, the odd game there; it’s added up into the hundreds. I’ve also had Games with Gold and PlayStation Plus for so many years now and I’ve amassed quite the collection from those. There’s no shortage of games to play already.

While the idea of Game Pass is not a bad one by any means, it still has competition and it’s still a cost. What about the months that go by when you do not have time to game? What about the months spent only focused on one game?

My friend and I are playing through The Master Chief Collection on legendary. It’s on Game Pass, but it’s also been available to buy for the cost of a month’s subscription and we’ve been playing it for longer than that already and will continue to play it for a lot longer. In no small measure due to the frankly ridiculous difficulty of Halo 2, which on Legendary is just unfair and makes me want to cry!

Getting back on track, it’s cases like these where it actually costs the subscriber more to use the service than outright buying the game.

Therefore, it seems to me that it’s not a straightforward argument, it’s certainly not set in stone that it will be the only way people will choose to pay for their hobby.

These are not the only considerations of course, subscriptions are convenient, that’s for sure. For some, having the one subscription will be a huge consideration and maybe day one value doesn’t mean much to them and they just like the collection as a whole.

There are a variety of people out there and they all have different needs and Game Pass, as good as it is, isn’t the only option and in a world of plenty (I’d say we’ve had 30 years of games where there are many still worth playing today) it’s not only the day one releases that matter.

So, when it comes to my renewal subscription, it may depend on the month as to whether I’ll pick it up again, after all, there’s much more to gaming.

Hope you enjoyed reading.

By reader Alex Crisp

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