Xbox Game Pass for Console vs. PC vs. Ultimate
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Xbox Game Pass for Console vs. PC vs. Ultimate

Can't decide which Xbox Game Pass to get? This guide breaks down each plan and helps you to decide.

Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass is a monthly subscription service that gives you unlimited access to download and play games on your Xbox One or PC.

You can think of it as the Netflix for games, but the only caveat is that you only get access to a select number of games. At the time of this writing, Microsoft is advertising over 100 high-quality titles, but new games will continue to be added in the regular basis and you even get exclusive discounts.

What’s the difference between Xbox Game Pass for Ultimate vs. Console vs. PC?

UltimateConsolePC
Unlimited access to Xbox and PC gamesUnlimited access to Xbox gamesUnlimited access to PC games
Xbox Game Studios titles the same day as releaseXbox Game Studios titles the same day as releaseXbox Game Studios titles the same day as release
Exclusive member discounts and dealsExclusive member discounts and dealsExclusive member discounts and deals
Xbox Live Gold (includes Deals with Gold, Games with Gold, console multiplayer)
$14.99/month$9.99/month$9.99/month
(beta $4.99)

Can I keep the games available on Xbox Game Pass?

No. You can only play the games as long as you pay the subscription.

While the unlimited access to the game library for a low-cost subscription fee makes sense, the only problem is that you will never own a copy of the games you play. Once you stop paying, you’ll no longer have access to the games. Unless, you get the Ultimate plan and take advantage of the Games with Gold program through Xbox Live.

What Xbox Game Pass should you get?

Whether you play games on Xbox One or PC, the Xbox Game Pass for Console and the Xbox Game Pass for PC offer the same benefits, but for its corresponding platform. So, the subscription choice is obvious.

However, your best choice is actually the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, because while the plan for Xbox One and PC offer unlimited access to games, you still need to pay for an Xbox Live Gold membership for multiplayer online gaming.

For instance, if you get an Xbox Game Pass for Console and an Xbox Live Gold membership separately, you’ll end up paying $19.98/month. You could just pay a yearly subscription of Xbox Live to save half of the price and bring the price down to around $15, but you’ll still need to maintain two subscriptions.

The Xbox Game Pass for PC is currently available in beta using the new Xbox app for Windows 10.

If you get the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you’ll be paying $14.99/month, but you’ll have access to games on Xbox One as well as on your PC, and you’ll be getting an Xbox Live Gold membership in one package. Furthermore, the Ultimate tier even includes some additional perks, such as access to Gears 5 Ultimate Edition four days before than in console and PC, and the Ultimate Edition Character Pack and 30 days of Boost.