Microsoft Xbox Game Pass is a subscription service from the personal computing giant that aims to revolutionize the PC gaming industry. You’ll have a lot of burning questions if you’re new to gaming or just new to the world of Xbox Gaming Pass. We’ll answer all your questions today in this guide.
They want to become the Netflix of the gaming world and, given enough time, they could succeed. Microsoft has several subscription plans and Xbox Game Pass offers good value for money. That’s hours of game content with the promise of adding new titles all the time.
Let’s get started.
How much does Xbox Game Pass cost per month?
There are three plans to choose from and they are fairly easy to select. There is a plan for PC gamers that will cost you $9.99 per month and the first month will be billed at a launch price of $1. The second plan called Console offers the same benefits at the same price but for Xbox console users. Both plans give you access to over 200 games including AAA and indie titles, same day access to Xbox Game Studio titles as a launch date and exclusive member offers.
The Ultimate plan will cost you $14.99 and will unlock access to games on PC, console and also Android. That’s great value if you have access to a console and also love to play games on your smartphone. You also get access to Xbox Live Gold and EA titles listed on Play. The $1 launch offer will last for three months instead of just one, which is icing on the cake.
How Xbox Games Pass works
There are two ways to do it. You can download a dedicated Xbox app which is currently in beta. You can find it on the Microsoft Store or download it directly using the link shared below.
Any game that is available on the Xbox app is also available directly on the Microsoft Store, however, at this time, there is no way to filter available games by platform.
This means that you will see all games that are available on both Windows and Xbox. If a game is available exclusively on Xbox, you will still be able to see it. We recommend downloading the Xbox app instead and stop wasting time on titles you can’t play on a Windows computer.
How many games on Xbox Game Pass
Right now, there are over 200 titles with notable names like Gears 5, Forza Horizon 4, Sea of Thieves and more. Xbox has created a comprehensive catalog where you can search and filter results based on niche and maturity ratings, among other factors.
Note that like movie titles on Netflix, games on Xbox Game Pass are also regularly added and drop off the platform. Fortunately, they have a dedicated filter called Recently Added and Leaving Soon to find these gems. The total number of games will vary at any given time, but should only increase over time.
How many devices on Xbox Game Pass
As pointed out by Leo G, it is currently not possible to share your Xbox Game Pass with multiple PC users. That feature only works on Xbox One and requires the Xbox Home feature.
The only way to do that is to use the same Microsoft account on all devices, as one Reddit user found out. For some reason, the Xbox team isn’t clear on this and has yet to mention device limitations anywhere on the site.
How to unsubscribe from Xbox Game Pass
Think it’s too expensive for you? Not a regular gamer or prefer to buy and own titles? All your subscription services are listed in your Microsoft account. There you will find all the services you are subscribed to.
You can visit Manage under Xbox Game Pass to cancel your subscription.
How to play games on your phone with Xbox Game Pass
You will need an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription to access and play games on your smartphone. Not only can you download games on your phone, but also other connected devices such as a Windows computer and an Xbox console. And then, some missions will give you rewards for completing them. Due to the restrictive nature of the Apple ecosystem, only limited features are available on iPhone and iPad. You can complete missions but you cannot play games like on Android.
Download the app using the link below and install it on your phone. Connect the controller to your Android phone, and now you can instantly play games from over 100 titles anywhere, on the go.
How to get Discord Nitro with Xbox Game Pass
Discord has partnered with Microsoft to offer its premium Nitro account free for three months and the offer is valid until January 15, 2021 (11:59 PM UTC). The Nitro upgrade code will be available to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate users only on Xbox Game Pass> Benefits tab.
Open the promotion and click the Claim button to reveal a Redeem button. Click it to begin the redemption process and follow the on-screen instructions.
One pass for everything
Xbox Game Pass offers tremendous value, especially the Ultimate plan, which allows you to play on the go using just a controller and your Android phone. I would recommend getting a high-end smartphone that can handle games and offer sharp visuals with a higher refresh rate display. Otherwise, get an Xbox Game Pass for PC, which is cheaper and will work on your Windows computer. Let the games begin.