Xbox Live and Xbox Game Pass Microsoft Remix by Keane Eacobellis

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Accessibility is one of the main culprits behind the growing popularity of video games, as big names like Xbox and Playstation strive to make their consoles and apps easier and more available than those of their competitors. Xbox has largely won this war thanks to several stellar offerings, including Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live, both of which set Xbox apart from the competition. These options are largely unmatched by other brands and companies, leaving Microsoft ahead of the pack when it comes to gaming choices.

The range of options provided by Xbox has led to a little confusion among some potential subscribers, as advertising blurs the line between Game Pass and Xbox Live. Are the two services the same or do they offer different benefits?

Are Game Pass and Xbox Live the same thing?

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A Game Pass Subscription can only be used by users with an Xbox Live account, so the confusion between these two Xbox offerings is completely understandable.

Xbox Live is well worth the $10 monthly cost, especially when paired with Xbox’s other stellar options. A basic subscription to Live will give users access to online games and multiplayer options, as well as streaming services – like Netflix and Hulu – in addition to discounted games and several free downloads by month. It’s entirely separate from Game Pass, meaning budget users can enjoy the benefits of Live without shelling out the extra cash for a Game Pass subscription.

If you have the money, a Game Pass subscription is worth it. The service has a wonderful selection of titles that would typically cost up to $80 for a low, consistent monthly price, and even offers cloud gaming for those with a robust internet connection. The library of games that comes with a Game Pass subscription is in addition to the four free monthly options offered by Xbox Live, leaving users who subscribe to both with a constant influx of new content.

A basic Game Pass subscription will cost users $9.99, and its much more stacked older sibling – Game Pass Ultimate – ups the ante for only a slight price increase. Ultimate costs $14.99 per month, but adds perks — like cloud gaming, access to EA Play titles, and Game Pass for PC — that are too tempting to ignore. The service is definitely worth it for any gamer who likes to try out a wide range of games and, even when combined with a Live subscription, will cost users less than most TV streaming services.


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