Xbox Game Pass is quite simply the best value-for-money gaming-related service out there. For just $14.99 subscribers get access to over 100+ games, several member discounts, online services and, astonishingly, are even able to play all ‘Xbox Game Studio titles the same day as release’. It’s just unlike anything else competitors are offering. And yesterday it added yet another feather to its cap – again, at no additional cost:
On September 15 in select markets, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members will be able to play over 100 Xbox games like Minecraft Dungeons, Forza Horizon 4, and Destiny 2 on Android phones and tablets from the cloud (Beta) via the Xbox Game Pass mobile app, at no additional cost.Xbox YouTube channel
As pointed out in The Verge, at launch the service will not be available to iOs devices and will only be available in 22 countries and notably for us, South Africa is not on that list. At least not yet. However, if we assume this will eventually hit our shores, and the widespread use of Android devices here – this service may really work here in SA. And while it is once again a clear indication that Microsoft and Sony are working on two virtually polar opposite strategies and given some of the controller options shown in the video (check it out below) it’s obvious that Microsoft even sees this addition as something to rival Nintendo’s Switch. However, this latest move by Microsoft may actually have a worse effect on a newer competitor. As succinctly pointed out by a familiar face:
I, like many others, am constantly amazed at the value being offered in this service. And actually, can’t quite believe how pro-consumer most of Xbox’s latest announcements and revelations are. I do wonder however how this will affect Xbox Series X sales in the long run. Has the service become so good that it may actually hurt them on the console side of things? Let me explain… As far as I can see it now, given how ridiculously expensive the new generation consoles will be, anybody that can only see themselves affording to purchase one console, and is sitting on the fence about which to go for – has (at least in my eyes) I kind of obvious choice: Buy a PS5 and get Game Pass. Of course, having a high-end PC makes this decision even easier, but currently, the Game Pass service promises to be so robust and compelling that splitting your money between a console and this service seems like the perfect way to have your cake and eat it too.
What do you think? Will Game Pass land up cannibalising Series X sales? Let us know your thoughts below…