Head of Xbox Phil Spencer believes that Xbox’s new “Netflix for Games” type subscription service, Xbox Game Pass will prove really beneficial for single-player in an industry that said to be increasingly hostile towards narrative-driven single-player games. There are so far over a 100 titles in the subscription service and Microsoft has said that the subscribers to the Game Pass would get all first-party Microsoft titles on their launch day. Meaning you’ll get access to Sea of Thieves in March, State of Decay 2 in spring. In addition to any future launching Halo or Forza titles. Phil Spencer tweeted out that “I see XGP as both. The value is pretty obvious for some. And the idea of a new model that could open up opportunities for creativity is where I think we’ll end up. Especially for SP games. That’s what the model has done in TV but it’s not an exact analogy”. Phil Spencer’s has raised many people’s interests, possibly … [Read more...] about Xbox Game Pass is a Good Opportunity for Single-Player Games: Spencer
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Today, Microsoft announced that going forward its Xbox Game Pass subscription service will include new first-party games from Microsoft Game Studios day and date with their retail release. This means that paying as low as $9.99 a month, or the price of a full game ($59.99) every semester, Xbox One users will be able not only to enjoy a large number of older (but still definitely valuable) games like Halo 5: Guardians and Gears of War 4, but also brand new titles like Sea of Thieves, Crackdown 3, State of Decay II, the upcoming new Halo, Gears of War, Forza, and more. Of course, that access will be limited until each game gets rotated out of the lineup, and then you need to purchase them at a 20% discount if you want them forever, but many play new titles only close to their release, so that isn’t such a restrictive caveat. This is without a doubt a massive value proposition from Microsoft. Basically, customers interested in Microsoft’s biggest games can … [Read more...] about Xbox Game Pass Adding New Microsoft Games Is a Massive Value Proposition; Likely Good for Everyone
Xbox Game Pass, the all-you-can-eat game subscription for the Xbox One, will now include all games exclusive to the console on the day they launch, beginning with Rare’s multiplayer pirate adventure Sea of Thieves in March, Microsoft announced this morning. The announcement means future exclusives, such as Crackdown 3, will be available to Xbox One owners who sign up for the $9.99 monthly subscription. Xbox Game Pass launched in June with more than 100 titles in its library and has added more than 70 games since then, from both the Xbox One and Xbox 360’s back catalog. “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 … [Read more...] about Xbox Game Pass will feature Xbox exclusives on the day they launch
All Microsoft Studios games will launch on Xbox Game Pass at the same time as in shops, Microsoft has announced. Xbox Game Pass, which lets you download games from a library of titles for £7.99 a month, will expand to include all new Xbox One exclusive games from Microsoft Game Pass on the same date as their global release. First up is Rare's multiplayer-focused pirate adventure Sea of Thieves, which launches on 20th March in shops and on Xbox Game Pass. Other upcoming games to be published by Microsoft Studios include State of Decay 2, Crackdown 3 and unannounced titles, such as the next Halo, Forza and Gears of War. Expect all of these to hit the Xbox Game Pass library at the same time as they are sold in shops. This is very much good news for Xbox Game Pass subscribers, who have so far been limited to playing games that have been out for some time. But so far the Xbox Game Pass has been limited to the Xbox One. Could it also come to PC? "I have been on public record saying I … [Read more...] about Xbox Game Pass just got a lot better
Last week, Xbox Live announced its schedule of Games With Gold for December, bringing to 48 the number of free games it offered in 2016. Were they any good? What would they cost otherwise? In short, what do the numbers say about the value of this Xbox Live Gold benefit? We’ll try to answer that question this year as we have the past three years. To that, however, we’ve added a few more questions: How old is the game? Did Microsoft publish it? What publisher did Games With Gold use the most? Did these appear earlier on PlayStation Plus? These questions may shed light on where these free games programs are headed, particularly as the previous console generation ages and the Xbox One’s backward compatibility program continues to pile up old titles. What about PlayStation Plus? Getting Started In all, there were 48 games in Xbox Live Games With Gold for 2017, with an average Metacritic score of 77.19 and a combined retail price (at the time of the offer) of $1,029.52 The … [Read more...] about Xbox Games With Gold gave out $1,029 worth of games in 2017. Were they any good?