loses out to Sony’s PlayStation
on a crucially important front: exclusive games.
- But Xbox has a major edge over PlayStation in terms of
its subscription service, Xbox Game
- I only got onto Game Pass toward the beginning of this
year, and I wish I’d got it sooner.
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As an Xbox owner, 2018 was a rough year.
I don’t buy games often, and when I do I tend to sink a wad of
cash into big AAA blockbusters which I know I’ll spend 40 hours or
more in. Often I’ll see a fun-looking indie game, but pure apathy
will mean I forget about it soon enough.
Last year, PlayStation released two huge exclusives which left
me kicking myself for ever buying an Xbox: “God of War” and
“Spider-Man.” The saltiness continued into 2019 with “Death
Stranding,” the hotly anticipated return of gaming luminary Hideo
Kojima. Even before its announcement in 2016, fans knew “Death
Stranding” was going to be a PlayStation game, paid for by Sony. As
the hype train barreled toward its November 2019 release date, I
resigned myself to a life without the post-apocalyptic postman
But then, right toward end of this year, things turned
To explain, Xbox has two subscription services — Xbox Gold and
Xbox Game Pass. Gold is a service that allows you to play online
multiplayer games with other people, whereas Game Pass is a game
subscription library — like Netflix but with a library full of
I’d had Gold for well over a year before I even thought to get
Game Pass. It wasn’t until October this year that it even struck me
as an option.
On October 25, Obsidian’s “The Outer Worlds” came out on Xbox
One and PS4. I’d been eagerly awaiting Obsidian’s spiritual
successor to “Fallout,” and I was amazed when I loaded it up in the
Microsoft store to see that the freshly minted big name game was
already included on Game Pass.
Xbox has a special offer called
the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which allows players to combine
Xbox Gold and Game Pass for $15 per month — $10 less than if you
paid for the services separately. I signed up and have not looked
December brought fresh vindication when 2019 indie hit “Untitled
Goose Game” came to the game pass, closely followed by “The Witcher
3.” Another day-one arrival to the Game Pass which I’d skipped over
was the gorgeous and critically acclaimed puzzle space-exploration
game “The Outer Wilds.”
As an end-of-decade purchase, Game Pass has a lot to offer in
terms of back catalogue. As a gamer reticent to splash out cash on
games unless I am well and truly hyped for them, I noticed a lot of
titles which had slipped through my net over the past five years or
so. “Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice” is one example, and with
Microsoft’s incredibly metal
trailer for the second installment (on its next generation
console, the Series X) it’s a title I’m eager to brush up on.
To put all that in context, just the games I’ve named so far
would stack up to $175 if purchased individually at full price —
translating to just over 11 months of Game Pass Ultimate
My late discovery of Game Pass has all but made up for the
PlayStation titles I missed out on, and with just a year left
the new generation of consoles is crowned it’s the perfect time
to milk it for all it’s worth.
Source: FS – All – Entertainment – News
Most people don't realize Microsoft has the best deal in gaming, and my biggest regret of 2019 was not taking advantage of it sooner (SNE, MSFT)