5 good reasons to subscribe
Microsoft has announced that it’s finally bringing PC Game Pass to the Philippines, giving us all the chance to play a library of games for a relatively affordable monthly price. The software company is running a subscription service preview, which you can sign up for right now. And it only costs P5 for the duration of the initial trial.
But even after that introductory price – the regular monthly price is P119 – there are plenty of reasons why you might want to check out and subscribe to the service. Here are five below:
Large selection of games
Microsoft said that at launch the service offers a selection of over “100 high-quality games,” consisting of a pretty good mix of first-party and third-party choices. Some of Microsoft’s latest Xbox Game Studios releases are here, including Forza Horizon 5, Age of Empires IVand Infinite Halo. These are well-received titles that, if you’re not already on the Xbox ecosystem, you might have missed. Other titles from Microsoft include Minecraft, sea of thievesand Microsoft Flight Simulator.
The service also offers games published by Bethesda, which Microsoft acquired last year. These include Fallout 4 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrimamong others.
The service also offers a number of notable games from partner publishers, some of which are quite new. These include Square Enix guardians of the galaxyIO Interactive The Hitman Trilogyfrom Ubisoft Rainbow Six Mining and Bandai Namco Scarlet Nexus.
And in case that’s not enough, you also get EA Play, screenshot below, giving you access to games from the publisher’s most popular franchises like The Sims, FIFA, Mass Effectand Battlefield. Last years Mass Effect Legendary Editionwhich brings together reworked versions of the original trilogy of games, is included here, along with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
Similar to Netflix, the games rotate however, with some titles being picked up after a certain period as new ones are added. But you can rest assured that Microsoft-owned games will likely stay in the service forever. You’ll also see which games are leaving soon, so you can play them before they leave.
Download and play
Once subscribed, all you have to do is select the game you want to play, download and install it, and away you go. Microsoft’s PC Game Pass isn’t a streaming service – or at least that component isn’t available locally yet. This means that if you don’t have a fast or stable internet connection, you don’t have to worry about your game freezing or lagging while playing. As long as you can download and install the game, you can play normally.
An economical way to discover games
The recently launched subscription service is also one of the most cost-effective ways to discover and play games. Even with strong sales, a single game, say a recent hit release, can still cost upwards of P500. You only pay P119 here for an entire month and even if you only play one game, you still saved a lot.
This works especially well if you’re the type to play one game once and move on to another. If you also don’t want to own the game on a specific platform or service, that works too.
It’s also an affordable option for you to play games you might not have wanted to spend money on. They’re already included, as part of your monthly fee, so might as well give them a try, right?
Access on the first day
Plus, some games will be available on the service on launch day, saving you from having to pay full price for them. Normally there is no way to save money or get discounts on new games. But here, if a game gets day one access, you can play the day it releases by just paying your monthly subscription.
Keep in mind, however, that this will not be available for all games. Microsoft says the feature only covers new releases from Xbox Game Studios and Bethesda Softworks, as well as some indies and blockbusters.
Sony, in what appears to be an effort to compete with Microsoft, recently revamped its PlayStation Plus service, adding two subscription tiers that also give you access to a library of games. The company, however, has made it clear that at this time it will not offer day-one access to new games, not even for first-party versions.
In a way, this gives a slight edge to Microsoft’s approach because it gives you more options on how you can buy and play your games. Again, this might seem like an apples to oranges scenario as there’s no overlap between the games available – they’re different titles from different studios.
Local payment options
Previously, to subscribe to Game Pass, you had no choice but to purchase Xbox gift cards from local retailers and top them up on your account for payment. But with the local launch of the service, you can now add your credit card to your account and automatically charge it each month. It basically streamlines the entire checkout process and makes it much easier to subscribe and maintain subscription.
Microsoft said it’s previewing the service to “set up and test local payment systems”, so we don’t yet know how easy it will be to pay for the service – something we’ll have to wait until launch. . Since credit card penetration is not particularly high in the Philippines, more popular instruments such as GCash or Paymaya could help the service gain more users.
You can access the preview right now through the Xbox Insider Hub app. To find it, open the Microsoft Store app on your Windows PC and search for Xbox Insider. We detail the step-by-step registration process here. – Rappler.com