The viability of Xbox Game Pass has once again been in the spotlight this week, as Microsoft continues to fight various authorities to pass its Activision Blizzard deal. While the company has seemingly admitted that Game Pass affects individual game sales (a point that seems obvious to us anyway), it isn't backing down on its commitment to the service overall.
All of this has got us thinking once again about our own purchases on Xbox. While we do still pick up various games on Xbox of course, we must admit that Game Pass does affect our decisions at times - especially for day one purchases.
EA games will always come to Game Pass Ultimate eventually so they're sometimes off the day one list, while we tend to judge a lot of other titles on a game-by-game basis. Does this developer appear on Game Pass often? How about the publisher's history with the service? How much time do we have to play this amongst the endless number of Game Pass additions? These questions often feed into our thought process when buying games on Xbox these days.