Xbox Game Pass for PC - First time impression

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#1 Posted by MosesKhan (2 posts) -

Hopefully this does not come across as a rant, as I wanted to just post about my first experience using the service for anyone else who is thinking about trying it, perhaps find solutions for my and other users' issues, and generate discussion about it.

I got a free code for a month of Xbox game pass, and said sure let's try it, I'd love to play Gears 5. To actually redeem the code, I had to navigate to the Microsoft store and download the Xbox beta app. First off, when you search "xbox" on the store, the drop down menu gives a plethora of different related apps, of which the one I actually needed was at the bottom of this list. Why there are so many different xbox apps tied to the same service, I'm not sure!

I install the app and run it, and I realize the Microsoft account I have linked to my Windows license is linked to a burner Xbox live account that I had created roughly a decade ago as a teenager, most likely so I could smurf in Halo 3. Pretty crazy that it's still functional, but I decided I'd rather start with a fresh account, so I sign up for a new one under my new email. I keep getting a prompt that my Xbox account is different from my store account and I have the option to select my new account as the store account. No matter how many times I choose this option, the prompt continues to come up. Whatever, it's in Beta, it doesn't seem to be causing any issues yet.

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#2 Posted by xantufrog (11683 posts) -

Moved to the appropriate forum

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#3 Posted by mrbojangles25 (44352 posts) -

I'm enjoying it. I mean, at 1-2 USD (for first month), what is there to lose? Between Metro, Gears of War 5, Creature in the Well, and Unavowed, I feel like it has already payed for itself.

Honestly, if subscriptions stay in the 10-15 dollar range, I don't mind having two or three of them concurrently. I play a lot of games every month and if I am buying games outright, I generally buy 3-4 games per month. Granted, the average price of a game I buy is about 25 dollars, but still.

The real benefit to these subscriptions is they put their own new games (Gears 5, for example) up right away, so it's an inexpensive opportunity to play some new games you want right away. Also, I probably would never play something like Gears a second time, so it makes even more sense to me.

@moseskhan said:

I install the app and run it, and I realize the Microsoft account I have linked to my Windows license is linked to a burner Xbox live account that I had created roughly a decade ago as a teenager

haha, same. I literally just took their name recommendation for my account lol. Probably for some "Games for Windows" nonsense I never planned to use except to install games. When did Windows ME come out? I think that's when I made it :D

Unfortunately, Hotmail existed before Gmail so this email account goes back like two decades or something like that, so every now and then a lot of stuff will just creep up.

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#4 Posted by Horgen (121112 posts) -

I got a 3 months trial when I bought my Ryzen CPU. Currently using it for Gears 5. To actually get it working was a hazzle. Download something to verify your hardware to get the code. But oh well..

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#5 Posted by attirex (1639 posts) -

I tried installing the XBox beta app, but its system check noted my comp doesn't have the "May 19th" update, which isn't available for my hardware configuration yet, so I can't install the app.

WTF microsoft.