In June of last year, Microsoft revealed their Netflix of gaming service, Xbox Game Pass. It was a step up from the PlayStation Now version, as you were able to download the games to play. PSNow required you to be connected to the internet. Now, Microsoft has taken an extra step further with the ability to play exclusive games on the day they launch, Microsoft announced on Tuesday.
The ability will happen in March with the release of Crackdown 3. All you have to do to gain this ability is to sign up for their Xbox Game Pass for $9.99 a month. It has nearly two-hundred games, from Xbox One and Xbox 360 titles. During the holiday season, they offered trials of the service for $1 for the month.
“We know our fans value having a variety of games to play at a low monthly price,” Phil Spencer, Microsoft’s Xbox chief, said in a statement. “We’ve also heard from fans that the ability to play new blockbuster games in Xbox Game Pass is important.
“Moving forward, we plan to release all new Xbox One exclusive games from Microsoft Studios into Xbox Game Pass on the same date as their global release,” he added. “This means that when Sea of Thieves launches on March 20, it will be included in Xbox Game Pass to all members.”
While some people out there will knock that perk as “Microsoft doesn’t have many exclusives”, but what company offers it. EA does not count as it is only for their titles. Now, there is an upside for those of you that hate monthly charges. Starting March 20, they will allow six-month paid subscriptions for $59.99 through GameStop and other retailers.
Xbox Game Pass is a better option between Sony’s version of the service. For the most part, PlayStation Now only offers PlayStation 3 games and has recently started offering PS4 games. They had a better lead time but the “always connected” functionality is cumbersome. Sony’s console is a bandwidth sucker from the onset. Microsoft has better games available and allows you to download them to your console for offline play.