Tired of buying Steam games you never play? Low on budget? Want the most bang for your buck? Then you might be interested in Xbox Game Pass for PC.
For those unfamiliar, Xbox Games Pass for PC has hundreds of high-quality PC games compatible with Windows 10. You also get access to EA Play on PC at no extra cost, which gives you access to top EA titles. Plus, you can use the Xbox app on PC to download and play all the games you want. New games get added all the time, so the list of PC games continues to expand. Think of it like Netflix for PC games.
Xbox Games Pass for PC costs $1 for the first month, then $9.99 for each month thereafter. Signup for Xbox Games Pass for PC here.
Currently, there are over 250 games on Xbox Games Pass. The most popular games include:
Forza Horizon 4
Sea of Thieves
Ark: Survival Evolved Explorer’s Edition
The Halo Franchise, including Halo: Reach
Gears 5 Game of the Year Edition
Forza Motorsport 7
Microsoft Flight Simulator
Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition
Totally Accurate Battle Simulator (Game Preview)
State of Decay 2: Juggernaut Edition
Pillars of Eternity 2
The Elder Scrolls Games (Including Skyrim)
Children of Morta
Middle-earth: Shadow of War
The Outer Worlds
No Man’s Sky
Xbox Games Pass adds new games every month. New games added to Xbox Games Pass in April 2021 include Grand Theft Auto V, Zombie Army 4, NHL 21 EA Play, MLB The Show 21, and more. The list goes on and on. Find the full list of current games here.
You will need a Windows 10 PC with the latest update and to download the Xbox app. PC requirements are as follows:
OS – Windows 10
Processor – Intel® Core™ 5 quad core or higher; AMD Ryzen™ 5 quad core or higher
GPU – NVIDIA GTX 1050; AMD Radeon RX 560
Memory – 8GB RAM, 3GB VRAM Storage – 150GB
DirectX® – DirectX 12 API
Xbox Games Pass for PC is definitely worth it if you are interested in playing any of the 250+ titles in their library. Their titles range from AAA titles to obscure and older games. If you look at a game like Forza Horizon 4, it currently sells for $59.99, Gears 5 sells for $39.99, and Sea of Thieves sells for $39.99. Xbox Games Pass for PC is only $9.99 per month, so if you are planning on buying 3 games already in the pass, you could instead buy Xbox Games Pass for PC and play all of those games for the next year, plus have access to the other 250+ games in the Xbox library as a free bonus.
The one downside to Xbox Games Pass for PC is that if you cancel your subscription, you will no longer be able to play the games you downloaded until you resume your subscription (If you take a break and come back your game progress will remain saved).
The main question is, are you a person who likes to play 1 or 2 games and play them over and over again? If so you would be better off buying the individual game. If you’re a person who likes to play a variety of games each year, then Xbox Games Pass for PC is definitely worth it. Also, new titles are always releasing and being added to Xbox Games Pass. So for instance, if a new Forza game comes out, after a while it may get added to games pass and you can play the newer editions. Whereas, if you bought the Forza game in person, that’s the only Forza game you can play and you'd have to shell out another $59.99 or so when the next one releases.
So hey, it’s only $1 to try, so why not go for it? You can always cancel if you don’t like the games. Plus if there’s a game you are interested in, you can give it a go first or even beat it in your first month. Plus, you can cancel at any time.