*As long as you play on console and literally just started gaming and so haven't already played the best games of the last 5 years.
Its not really best value/useful if you have even slightly kept up with the gaming zeitgeist, if I had gamepass ultimate for the last 5 years I'd have spent £750 quid on it and I'm not sure the really great games would even add up to that much value.
I just went through the list right now (The console list, to be more fair towards Game Pass even though I'm on PC) and out of the 243 games I bought 30 of them, about 10 were full price (£40) and the rest were priced between £10 and £20 (Say average £15). I have pretty eclectic taste so that includes many genres I didn't just choose FPSes only or anything like that.
(10 x 40) + (30 x 15) = £850
So I've paid £100 extra and I get to:
1) Keep all the games forever
2) Buy them exactly when I actually want them rather than when they come to Game Pass
3) Not have to use the awful Windows Store to buy/install/play games. Its literally the worst experience I've ever had with a digital service. You can't even edit the files and folders of the game you own if there are technical problems, what a joke!
Sorry if this comes off as attack on you mate, not at all. I don't think its always bad value, I just think the value is extremely misleading unless you want to play EVERY game and I'm pretty sure that not who this is aimed at primarily. As your bit about XSS demonstrates.
I guess its good if you don't really finish many of the games you start but I'd say that a bad character trait and shouldn't be encouraged generally. Having good judgement and actually finishing "tasks" is VERY important in life imo.
This is the point I always try to point out.
That it is not as valuable as some repeately say
You pay for rental service AND games that wont be on the service.
It is good deal only for those that get all the games they want on the pass..
But those people are probably them that play same cod/fifa every year so it would be cheaper to buy 1 game/year.
And average gamer buys like 5-7 games on whole gen? Like really low number anyway, so hundreds of games goes waste on them.
Xbox needs to aim for Power and exclusives, and start being more global than "way too American styled" to have a chance vs Playstation.
Gamepass is just too expensive for second system.
I'd rather buy used series x + few exclusives xbox gets than pay 16€*12 / year for gamepass, or 35€ *24 for xsex+pass.
It's like people think it is good deal just because there are many games, but in reality nobody plays hundreds of games so services value is if there are those few games you play or not