prices, games, compatible devices, all about the subscription

Xbox Game Pass has become an essential gaming service that appeals to regulars of the Xbox ecosystem as well as newbies. Its success has been built on a very attractive price-quality ratio, with an ever more generous catalog and compatibility with a growing number of devices.

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Microsoft experienced a business failure with the launch of its Xbox One, which was completely eclipsed by Sony’s PS4. The American giant, which even considered leaving the video game market following this failure, was forced to review its strategy from top to bottom to regain attractiveness and consumer confidence. At the heart of this strategy is the famous Xbox Game Pass, a daring bet that is turning into a real success for Microsoft. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

❓ What is Xbox Game Pass?

Xbox Game Pass is a subscription service that provides access to a catalog of video games on different types of devices. He is often described as the “Video game Netflix”, a comparison that has often been overused, but which is a little more true since the platform has extended to other ecosystems and supports video games in streaming.

At regular intervals, games leave and enter Game Pass, constantly renewing the catalog to continue to engage players, who can enjoy it on more and more different screens, by downloading the titles to their devices to play. locally or by launching a game directly from the cloud.

Access to Game Pass games is available as long as the subscription is active. Even if you download them, the titles are no longer accessible once the subscription has expired or they leave the service.

💰 How much does the Xbox Game Pass cost?

Three Xbox Game Pass offers are currently available:

  • Xbox Game Pass pour console : 9,99 euros per month
  • Xbox Game Pass pour PC : 9,99 euros per month
  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate : 12,99 euros per month

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate brings together both the console and PC offer, and also includes other benefits, such as streaming play via xCloud, the Xbox Live Gold membership that allows you to play online and get two games free each month, and other permanent or temporary privileges, such as discounts on game purchases.

The prices quoted are taken from the official Xbox website, but there are other cheaper ways to acquire Game Pass time through a key system. If you are using a third-party platform, make sure you are purchasing subscription time for the correct region (Europe), as some attractive offers coming from Brazil, Russia or Turkey are not available with us.

One technique to recoup long months of Game Pass Ultimate subscriptions cheaply is to convert EA Play or Xbox Live Gold game time to Game Pass. “When you sign up for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, any prepaid time you have on Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Game Pass, or EA Play subscriptions rolls over to the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate program at the current conversion rate, for a maximum period of 36 months. The conversion of prepaid time is final and rates are subject to change ”, explains Microsoft.

And many times, it is more cost effective to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold or EA Play and turn those plans into Xbox Game Pass Ultimate than to purchase the subscription directly to the latter. Below you can find the current conversion table from Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. For EA Play, the ratio is 3: 1, that is, 12 months of EA Play subscription converts to 4 months of Game Pass Ultimate subscription.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate / Live Gold
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💻 What devices can I play Xbox Game Pass games on?

First launched on Xbox consoles, Game Pass is now available to a large number of players on a wide variety of devices. Here is a review of the workforce.

Xbox One et Xbox Series X / S

The Game Pass is available on all models of Xbox One (original, S, X and S All Digital) as well as on new generation consoles, Xbox Series X and S. The service is very well integrated into the interface and can even be considered part of the overall Xbox experience.

Windows 10 and 11 PC

On a Windows PC, you have to go through the Xbox application to access the Game Pass games. Where on console there is no need to question the machine’s capacity to run a title, the question arises on the computer. Make sure your setup is powerful enough before installing a game.

Browsers, Android, iOS

Xbox Game Pass is also accessible from most web browsers via cloud gaming. Safari is supported, therefore bringing the service to iPhones and iPads. To date, this is the only way to take advantage of Game Pass from the Apple ecosystem, which has prevented Microsoft from publishing an app on its App Store for “Security reasons”. Going through the browser is a way to get around this ban.

On our Android devices, just download the Xbox Game Pass app from the Play Store. It is also possible to go through the browser, but the app has a better optimized UI and better performance. Also via xCloud, the Game Pass could also soon land natively on Android TV.

xCloud
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As explained previously, xCloud allows Xbox to distribute its Game Pass on a much larger number of media thanks to cloud gaming technology, video game streaming. The player does not then need to install the title on his machine, nor that this one does not have the appropriate technical specifications to play in good conditions. Indeed, the game actually runs on Microsoft’s servers, where all the calculations are done. Then the video and audio streams are sent back to the user’s device so that they can play normally.

On the other hand, you need a solid connection to benefit from it, fiber is highly recommended (Xbox announces speeds of 10 Mb / s at least). The performance is also much more convincing with a connection by Ethernet than by Wi-Fi. Latency remains a problem of cloud gaming, but for troubleshooting or for casual gamers, this is a good option that avoids having to buy new equipment to play the new games in Game Pass.

xCloud is available on Windows and Android as an app and browser. It should soon be also on Xbox consoles, the functionality is in any case under test. Keep in mind that not all Game Pass games are cloud compatible, and that it is the console versions of the titles that are offered. So you often need a controller to play, the keyboard-mouse combo is not always supported. Some games support touch controls for controller-less play on smartphones and tablets.

📄 What is the Xbox Game Pass game catalog?

Over the years, the Game Pass catalog has become both completed and more complex. When a game interests us, we must now be careful on what medium it is available between console, PC and cloud. Even if a game is released on Xbox and computer for example, it is possible that it is only present on one of these platforms on the Game Pass, for questions of law or exclusivity. And availability in the cloud isn’t always automatic. If as for years, the official home page of Xbox Game Pass prides itself on the platform offering “More than 100 games” in its catalog, it now contains many more.

Xbox Game Studios games

The big attraction of Game Pass is the integration of games and licenses from Xbox Game Studios, which are available from the day of their release on the platform. Halo, Forza, Gears of War, Fable, Age of Empires, Minecraft… all new games and content are immediately available on Game Pass.

With its acquisition policy, Microsoft has greatly strengthened its own studios in recent years, making Game Pass extremely interesting. And since the buyout of Bethesda / ZeniMax, other video game monuments have joined the catalog: DOOM, The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Prey, Dishonored, Wolfenstein … And the highly anticipated Starfield will appear on November 11, 2022 , date of its launch.

Xbox Game Pass
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EA Play

The Xbox Game Pass also has the entire catalog of Electronic Arts’ EA Play service. There is a certain Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order, Need for Speed, Battlefield, Mass Effect, many sports games… Not all EA titles are present, especially the most recent ones. You must subscribe to EA Play Pro to be entitled to all the latest releases.

Third party games

The Game Pass also includes a plethora of games from third-party publishers and developers. We have important players in the industry who are represented (like Sega’s Yakuza series for example), but also a good number of independent studios, with games that are sometimes less known than the behemoths that are the AAA, but of high quality, like Hades. Xbox sometimes makes agreements with these third-party studios to obtain an exclusivity or a Day 1 release on the Game Pass. This will be the case in 2022 of A Plague Tale: Requiem of the French from Focus Home Interactive, which will be available on the Game Pass from the day of its release.

New features of the Game Pass

The entire Xbox Game Pass catalog can be viewed through this link. The filters allow you to sort the results by genre, platform, features, controls, etc.

Recently, Marvel’s Avengers made its debut in Xbox Game Pass. And in October 2021, more titles like Back 4 Blood and Destiny 2: Beyond Light were added. New games join the service very regularly, at least once a month, and often more.

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