Microsoft to offer its own game subscription service on Xbox One

Posted February 28th, 2017 at 8:00 am

EA Access has proven to be a success on Xbox One providing it an advantage over the PS4 and now Microsoft is about to double-down on the concept with a subscription service of their own. Xbox Game Pass will launch this spring at a cost of $10 a month and include unlimited access to over 100 XB1 and backwards compatible Xbox 360 titles.

NBA 2K16 is one of the games being promoted for the service and will be there for its launch. Though 2K16 is one season outdated it’s understandable why it was chosen. All the other big sports games are already handled by EA Access, and it’s far too early for NBA 2K17 to be added given that the series continues to sell well all the way through June. Maybe 2K17 will be added in July or August to try and capture some new MyTeam players who’ll spend money digitally and to generate more hype for September’s 2K18 release.

Other games already identified as coming to Xbox Game Pass include Halo 5: Guardians, Lego Batman, Saints Row IV, Payday 2, and Mad Max. New games will be added to the service every month but unlike EA Access, where all the games in the Vault are there permanently, some in Xbox Game Pass will be removed to make room for them or on a contractual basis.

Combined with the phenomenal value found with EA Access it’s fair to look at the Xbox One as the most inviting new console to purchase, as a huge library of games can be played instantly through the monthly subscription fees. For what amounts to a combined $12.50 a month, about a fifth of the cost of a single new game, consumers will have instant access to a huge library of content which is far better than having to spend a bunch of money on games the same day several hundred┬áhave already been spent on the console and online subscriptions.

  • SockfulOfNickels

    I started with a PS4 but man am I glad I also bought an Xbox One. Gaming is turning into such a cheap hobby for the dollars per hour of entertainment!

  • WilsonRamos

    i have both consoles but i never buy xbone games i just wait for games with gold and ea acess

    • SockfulOfNickels

      PSN definitely has better digital sales so I’m super happy to have both. Games with Gold and EA Access are worth the price of a Xbone alone.

      • WilsonRamos

        psn is also way easier to have multiples accounts and buy games from different regions

  • MoneyMayweather

    The best get better.

    play games not companies.

  • ClubSteve

    THANK YOU, xbox one……we now have a level playing field with ps4. not only that, it is not limited to one publisher. sweet.

  • PS4 is the collectors/afficcionado console for sure, with the Limited Run and indie physical release movement making that format more fun for traditionalists. Microsoft is aggressively going after the digital generation. And, of course, Nintendo is about to do something different that lands somewhere in the middle. Feels a bit more like old times, where competing consoles offered distinctly different ownership experiences.

    • Jay (The Truth)

      From my perspective, this has always been the case, with the closest thing to a deviation being the first half of this generation where PS4/X1 were almost identical from a hardware/service/strategy point of view. I’ve always contended the three first party studios have different ideology. The reason most of the PS vs Xbox comparisons historically always annoyed me. They’re very different. Sony has always excelled at single player and Cinematic experiences. As well as obscure Japanese gems. Microsoft has owned online, multiplayer, co-op, community, services, etc because of an early investment in Xbox Live, and because their biggest exclusives are all designed around people having XBL Gold and a headset (Up until recently, the only first party to include it in the box with a console, which was also a gamechanger that massively aided the growth of XBL on 360). Nintendo owns character affinity, nostalgia, and arguably game design. Masters at maximizing a design style unique to their hardware. For the most part, love this dichotomy. And appreciate that they all have different things to offer that will appeal to some, and won’t appeal to others. Balances out.

  • Skopin

    $120/year seems steep to me for older games. If they pepper in new releases or at the very least offer full trials like EA does with Access, it might be more valuable.

    • Yeah, I wonder if people will look at Microsoft’s for short-term subscriptions. First few months after buying a console. When a big game goes on and then cancel when finished with it. I could see that being more appealing use of it than being subscribed year-round.