With the new Xbox Consoles coming out this generation I wanted to shed some light on the subscription service model with Game Pass.
Since Xbox is first to market with an aggressive strategy with the subscription service model. Getting everything for $15-35 a month plus the new console is pretty appealing to be honest. With EA play now included it's even more inciting. I like how they are letting you play every game including first party titles no matter what version of game pass you get. EA Play for example you have to get the Premier version to play the newest releases. With Game Pass I don't have to worry when launch titles come out.
I have Xbox Game Pass on PC, and wasn't too happy when they doubled the price this week, but I guess I understand. What I don't understand is why even have Xbox Live Gold at this point? On PC you don't charge for Xbox Live Gold, and in 2020 should people really be paying to play online? It just doesn't fit with the current era anymore. There was a time when it made sense. When I first got the original Xbox in 2002. Xbox Live Gold was a cool way to enter the ecosystem of console online multiplayer, now it just feels obsolete.
My brother has regular Game Pass without Xbox live gold, and we can't even play... It just doesn't create a good experience. Would Microsoft lose a ton of revenue if they discontinued Xbox Live?