It's fair to say that Xbox Game Pass has enjoyed its best year ever in 2021, and based on some calculations put together by the folks over at The Loadout, $6,300 worth of games have been added over the past 12 months.
The website calculated this figure based on the standard price of each game on the Microsoft Store for console and PC, with the exact total said to be $6,317.35 (around £4,780). Here's what they had to say about it:
"These numbers really put into perspective just how unbelievable a deal right now Microsoft is offering right now, and the overall value of Game Pass will surely increase next year with what it’s got lined up."
The month offering the best value was said to be March 2021, coinciding with the release of many Bethesda games on the service following Microsoft's acquisition of the company. April was actually the quietest, offering a selection of games totalling $330.91.
There's no doubt that Xbox Game Pass has enjoyed an absolutely incredible 12 months, and we can't wait to see what it has in store for us in 2022. It'll also be interesting to see how PlayStation responds to the immense success of it...
Have you been happy with Xbox Game Pass this year? Let us know down in the comments below.
Bought one month of Game Pass Ultimate two weeks ago and I managed to finish Forza Horizon 5 and I'm also almost done with Halo Infinite while still having a few weeks left to play other titles. Forza and Halo alone would've cost me €120 but I only paid €14. That's just crazy to me.
Gaming is such an expensive hobby and I genuinely don't like having to constantly buy each game individually, which adds up to a lot of money over time. Game Pass is simply an amazing alternative and it saves you so much money in the long run.
Game Pass is the best deal in gaming and I love it. But these sort of statistics mean nothing. There were literally more games added than there is time to play them all. It's like saying Spotify has over 4,000,000 hours of music when there are only 8,760 hours in an average year.
Are there great games YOU want to prioritise over others on Game Pass? If YES then it's a good deal for you. It's not for everyone.
Gamepass for life
I agree with @themightyant . I will also add that the store value is controlled by microsoft, to an extent. I see this on PlayStation where they have a mediocre PS+ month but say it's $100+ value because they jacked up the sale value.
Still, I love GamePass. I keep thinking they will pull the rug out from under us to go from sustainable to profitable. I wonder if/when that day will come.
@Bdbrady I hope they never do that and I won't lose sleep over it. Just enjoy the most consumer friendly deal in gaming I have seen for the 30 years I've been gaming.
In the years since game pass first launched I reckon I have played more games and a wider variety of genres than I played in all the years previous combined. I love it and will continue loving it while it stays like this.
@Bdbrady I still suspect prices will go up and maybe even service quality will go down. That is the normal model for these sub services.
Look at everything from Netflix, to Amazon Prime, to Uber etc. name one that hasn't got more expensive and/or the service has got worse over time? Perhaps there's a couple but on the whole that's because their still growing in the user acquisition phase.
That doesn't stop me enjoying it while it lasts. It's a wonderful service for many right NOW. And for what it's worth I sincerely hope i'm wrong for the future... but I wouldn't bet on it.
I joined Game Pass in December 2020. Since then I've played 60+ games on it. I saved £796.18 and thats if I had bought second hand games, played them and sold them. If I had kept them then obviously it would be more money.
And vast majority were 8 bit Nintendo quality level games.
Sorry. But that's not value. At least to me.
Whatever anyone on here thinks of gamepass the general public haven’t really caught on and it’s not selling consoles that well.
In the UK in a few big stores around the country over the last 3 days Series X stock has better but the console isn’t now selling out during a whole day and sits over night. My point, considering the shortages we have had and the festive season has the buying of Series X has started slow.
I can buying one right now not an issue.
@themightyant I expect tiers more than a direct price in crease or service changing. When I look at premium services, generally prices have remained static and service has continued increasing, at least where competition exists. Spotify started bundling more services and still keeps expanding service. Tidal has kept prices the same, and keeps expanding and improving service. It doesn't have to go the way TV services have gone....TV is a weird special place where a handful of content providers dictate all the terms and adding 3 channels nobody wants justifies raising the price 25%. Netflix rose in price but not drastically, but added the 4k tier, etc.
Then there's Amazon prime at the other end of the spectrum.... But....sadly nobody else offers anything close. Walmart W+ seemed like it would do it, but they neglected to mention you you're supposed to tip the delivery, which means they're not doing free, they're just shifting paying for it directly to you, and charging you monthly for the privilege.
I'm more worried though that GP devolves into an extended demo for big games, an F2P booster for others, and mostly an indie service. Some people love their indies, but there's so many good big games to play that take so much time, I rarely play the indies, even free on GP.
@Dezzy70 Meanwhile in America....
@LtSarge Wait, how did you finish FH5 in 2 weeks?! I still have a ton of events still marked NEW, 45 billboards unfound, let alone the PR stunts I have to try again because I have 1 star and have different cars to try them with now (especially speed traps and jump ramps that really need the right car at the right time to do!)
@NEStalgia Netflix is an interesting one. Their top tier has literally doubled in price from $8 to $16. But they have kept their lowest tier with a modest increase of $1 to $9 but at the same time basically made it obsolete for many by not upgrading it as time has gone on. No HD, No 4k , just one device etc. Basically hamstrung it as only a limited number of stubborn people will want to keep watching at 480p!
Not sure about US but in the UK Spotify has gone from £5.99 to £7.99 and now £9.99 for 1 user. (It might have even been £4.99 to start.)
Tidal is still a niche and in the user acquisition phase I mentioned, which is when the offers are usually heavily funded/too good to miss, but ultimately that price is not sustainable.
Amazon Prime used to be £49 and offer next day delivery. True they've bundled other services in but next day delivery is no longer guaranteed unless you live in certain areas but hiked the price to £79.
I used to be able to get an Uber in 5 mins most of the time and it would cost less than £5 to go a few miles away now that journey time is £9 and often have to wait 10-15 mins to get a driver.
My point still stands that ALL the sub services once that hit a certain level of ubiquity raise their prices and/or gimp their services. I don't expect Game Pass to be any different, but would dearly love to be wrong.
I think you showing me a similar situation in the USA to UK. Though I think Microsoft have flooded the USA with consoles as they like to win their own patch or at least beat Sony not the Switch.
But I don’t know why as it’s not about selling consoles at all, even though I have said on many occasions sell a console you could sell another gamepass.
@NEStalgia To be clear, I finished the Horizon Adventure story mode after about 15 hours but I'm still doing more races. I'm nearing 20 hours but I'm definitely not planning on smashing every billboard, getting three stars on all PR stunts and so on. I've pretty much experienced all there is to with this game.
Besides, you have to prioritise your gaming time when you have Game Pass. Five hours looking for billboards and finishing PR stunts in FH5 could've instead been used to play and finish The Gunk. So I'm trying to wrap up both FH5 (after I've gotten some more achievements) and Halo Infinite (about an hour away from the ending) and move on to other games.
@Dezzy70 You missed the prices, they're still selling over $800 here because they're still impossible to get at MSRP unless you have good timing. Series S is available (but does run out and get scalped at times) but Series X is still a fairly rare unicorn scalping for over 150% MSRP. UK got that big dump of both PS5 and XSX this week. I'm assuming the ocean freight carrying them for Christmas ended up arriving the week OF Christmas, so you got the entire holiday season dump, all a few days before the holiday. In the US, either our big holiday season dump already came and went and sold out in minutes, or it hasn't actually arrived still (docks are running 3-4 weeks late at least) and will fill shelves sometimes after Christmas (after people bought a Switch instead I guess?) Both XSX and PS5 are still rare unicorns and we haven't had a big multi-retailer dump available for hours like you just had with both consoles. It's probably sitting somewhere in the Pacific off the San Fran coast....
@LtSarge Ahh, that makes sense. I'm saving Halo after the first island for coop, and am meandering through gunk, but I'm going to jump to all new games once I gift myself R&C Rift....maybe start Tales of Arise....
Yes the UK Has had very good delivery the last two weeks and seems to be continuing all this week so far, with Series X at Argos from the 24th and all that week 😊
We doing better for Series x stock in UK, though I have a feeling the early buying bubble is bursting very slightly in the UK already.
Below is stock still available in certain UK areas in a big store, some left over from todays trading, some out of stock. Standard genuine store normal price.
A few months ago they would have been snapped up in minutes if not hours.
15+ In Stock
© Out Of Stock
5 In Stock
© Out Of Stock
© Out Of Stock
© Out Of Stock
© Out Of Stock
15+ In Stock
@Dezzy70 I was thinking the same when I saw amazon uk having stock available for nearly 4 hours, seems odd though doesn't it?
@Dezzy70 It's hard to tell how much of the problem is limited production, and how much is limited logistics. Phil did say he didn't want to blame the chip shortage entirely because it's a number of issues.
We've assumed few were produced, but it's looking more like they produced an ok number, put them on cargo ships, and everyone's still waiting for the cargo ships to arrive, while UK got theirs this week. Meanwhile they've been doing small batches of air freight for the past month or so to keep "some" inventory moving on shelves, but probably a few pallets at a time versus entire depots full of freight containers explaining them selling out in 2/10 of a second.
Here, at the big stores, they're wholly sold out chain-wide, you can't even search by store to check for stock for them. But we never got that big dump like you guys got this week. The last "big" dump we had was Walmart last Monday. They lasted for about an hour which was abnormally long, so it was a bigger batch than usual. Most of our big retailers haven't had ANY for months. gamestop (our Game equivalent) hasn't had them online since October, and ins stores are a few units here or there once in a blue moon. Best Buy was October. Target hasn't had them since like May online, occasionally a few in stores. But there hasn't been anything close to that big dump you got. Since its not just XS but also PS5 participating in that big dump, it HAS to be the ships/docks that held it at sea all this time. It also means we'll probably get one eventually, but after Christmas, which makes it kind of awkward. China to UK goes through the Suez and up the Atlantic. China to US goes straight to CA, but the docks are backed up to an insane level. There could be 2 freighters loaded with a few hundreds of thousands of tons of Xboxes and Playstations that have been floating in the water for 2 months.
I think there has been some good shipments to the UK, but it is slightly slowing sales wise for Series X in the UK, in the past they would have gone in an hour, but now they go all day and some stock still there once closed until morning.
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