Coming Soon To You
Since its inception, the Xbox Game Pass has been considered an excellent ‘bang for your buck’ purchase for both PC and Xbox users. The Game Pass includes Xbox Live Gold and EA Play membership access, exclusive member discounts, free perks and most importantly access to hundreds of games, with constant new releases. Currently, the Game Pass Ultimate Edition is available for USD$14.99 per month, however the first month costs USD$1. The other packages available offer much the same benefits as the Ultimate Edition, without access to Xbox Live Gold and the ability to play on Android tablets and mobile devices. The price for the basic console and PC edition is USD$9.99 per month. Some of the most popular games on the Game Pass include MLB The Show 21, NHL 21, Grand Theft Auto V, Destroy All Humans and the Battlefield franchise.
Today, Megan Spurr, Xbox Game Pass’ Community Lead, announced that huge entries would be coming to the Xbox Game Pass between the period of 4th May 2021 to 13th May 2021. The list includes Dragon Quest Builders 2, Fifa 21, Outlast 2, Steep, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, Psychonauts, Red Dead Online and Remnant: From the Ashes. In addition to the fresh games, the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate perks offer an NBA 2K21 MyTeam Bundle, Spotify Premium for four months and a Star Wars weapon charm in Apex Legends. Although the announcement gives players much to be excited for, some games would also be leaving the platform such as Alan Wake, Final Fantasy IX and Hotline Miami.
The XBOX Game Pass is an interesting concept and signals Microsoft’s intent to have some of the most popular games on the service including new releases such as Halo. However, there has been much discussion as to whether the subscription service is feasible in the long run, in light of the removal of certain games. Some players argue that it is better to purchase the game to have it for life rather than risk the game being removed from the subscription.