I know its be stated many times by multiple websites, that Gamepass is Microsofts strategy this upcoming gen. And when I think about it, as a kid, the closest thing to it, was the Sega channel. The idea sounded amazing. A load of games in rotation for one low monthly price. But ultimately, i was the child and could not pay for it. But as a now Adult who can afford to buy video games, the idea of gamepass just rubs me the wrong way entirely. Maybe it's because everything has become a "subscription based service", and I just want to own my games. I find it really confusing that at the beginning of this gen, Microsoft initially wanted to pull away that ownership buy making games more of a license whereas the disc would become useless and trading games would be over, and at the time people literally lost their minds and boycotted xbox before it was even selling. Now, people are gladly handing over $15 a month to rent games.
That's the other thing that bothers me. Gamers will gladly pay $180 a year for gamepass ultimate, but will piss and moan that the Series X is $100 over the Digital version of the PS5 with similar hardware (excluding the disc drive). Yet $180 a year is almost 2/3rds the cost of a series S. Makes no sense. What's worse, is that Microsoft has strong-armed everyone into Gamepass ultimate by eliminating 12 month subs to Gold which could be found on sale for $30-$40. So if you are a more casual gamer or someone who only tends to play COD or madden throughout the year, you're now paying $120 a year for gold or $180 for gold plus a bunch of games youll never play. And people are blindly okay with this!? Lastly, I can't imagine gamepass ultimate will stay at $15 a year.
Is my thinking on this completely wrong. Id love to know others thoughts and feelings on this.