Today is a big day for Microsoft, as they’re launching Rare’s Sea of Thieves, its seafaring, multiplayer adventure title that has already been tearing up Twitch in all its early tests. But it’s important for another reason as well. This is the first time Microsoft has heavily promoted its Xbox Game Pass service by putting a brand new exclusive release as part of its line-up.
Xbox Game Pass is the best thing to come out of this gen for me. From now on all I am going to do is sub to Game Pass for $9.99 a month and buy my 3rd party titles through digital sales. I just picked up Titanfall 2 Ultimate Edition for $6. Citys Skylines already confirmed to be coming to Game Pass next month and I look forward to see what other games are coming. It is not even a debate anymore if digital is the future. Microsoft now just needs to some way combine Gold and Game Pass together.
I can see this is a good model for GAAS type games, where they just want a big player base that keeps playing the game and have a continuous revenue stream that way through micro-transactions and paid content updates. But for big budget single player games I don't see this working, because their revenue model is people purchasing the game (preferably at launch at full price). Maybe they'll have one or two pieces of DLC but that's it. And since I want to keep seeing big single player games and not just GAAS type games, I'll gladly keep buying games at regular price and support the developers and publishers that way.
It's an amazing service...tons of benefits to it. I encourage the many who claim to have a decent PC on this site to check it out...I think you'll like it.
Oh, and go Sea of Thieves!!!
I hope not not