With Gamepass taking off like an unstoppable train it looks like Microsoft might be catching lightning in a bottle. Now with Gamepass Ultimate rolling, it brings Gamepass to the realm of the PC and if you a first-time customer they have a deal you can’t pass up if you have $1. With over 200 titles on the console and over 100 titles on the PC with Gamepass Ultimate, you will have access to both libraries. Did I forget to mention that your Xbox Live service is included in Gamepass Ultimate making this an all in one subscription service that only costs $14.99 a month.
All of Microsofts first party titles will be on Gamepass day and date when they are released
This one selling feature of Gamepass has retailers speaking out. The smaller independent gaming retailers are essentially saying that Gamepass has made any title included in the service worthless. As a result of these feelings, smaller retailers have halted selling Microsoft first party titles on their shelves. I must say that I have noticed some of the bigger retail chains phasing out Gamepass titles as well. But let’s face it, the physical game section of major retailers has been getting smaller and smaller over time due to digital media picking up in popularity.
With Gamepass Ultimate you will have access to the ultimate editions of first-party games and the perks that come with them starting with gears 5.
Does Microsoft have the developers and the value of the games they create in mind when they are handing out these games at an amazing deal? Some developers feel that Gamepass is a fair deal for them, helping them get the funds they need to keep the doors open and to gain entry to the console market. On the flip side, other developers feel their games are worth more than others so they shouldn’t be paid the same and that the money that is received upfront from Microsoft is great at first but what if Microsoft stops developers from adding their game to the service. They don’t like the idea of being at the mercy of Microsoft.
What will Gamepass look and work like in the next few years?
This is the major question a lot of people in the business are asking and does the inclusion of some major AAA titles in the service devalue the games and their established franchises? Only time will tell and voting starts with the consumer’s wallets. But as it stands right now today in my opinion “Gamepass is the most pro-consumer service in gaming history.”