Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Small saving on Game Pass
My subscription to the Xbox Game Pass for PC ran out. I had cancelled it because I was given an opportunity to buy a key to Game Pass Ultimate for cheap directly from Microsoft as part of the friends & family program. That didn't work out, because the key was limited to the US, and didn't work in Europe. So I was wondering whether I could get a European key somewhere for cheaper than the €9.99 I usually pay per month.
A quick search revealed that yes, you can buy Game Pass keys at various key resellers. I didn't go for the cheapest one, but one from a reseller I had good experiences with in the past. Buying keys is a bit complicated, because the cheap price you see at first might then not be valid for your region or country, and might have other fees added to it. But in the end I got a working key for 3 months of Game Pass PC for €25.
But of course Microsoft would prefer me to pay them a subscription directly, and not buy a key. So I was able to benefit from an offer where I got another month free by agreeing to subscribe directly to them at €9.99 per month. Which means that at least for this one time, I paid €25 for 4 months of subscription, which isn't a bad deal.
There are two main reasons why I was okay to sign up for another 4 months to Game Pass. One is The Lamplighters League, which I still enjoy after having played for over 50 hours. A hidden gem, in my opinion. Together with the other games I played this year on Game Pass, that got me well over the 1 hour of fun per dollar paid threshold I use as a rough benchmark to see whether a game price is reasonable. The other main reason is City Skylines II, which I do want to try out, but will wait until it has fixed the performance problems the game has at launch.
Even if I didn't like this year's biggest Game Pass release, Starfield, all that much and only played it for 20 hours, 2023 was a pretty good year for a Game Pass subscription. And in 2024 we will probably see the addition of Activision Blizzard games to the mix. Which is fine for me, as I didn't want to buy Diablo IV anyway, but would try it out if I can get access via Game Pass.