TL; DR: Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass – and the new PC Game Pass – has seen a surge in popularity this year, thanks in part to the number of games coming to the service on launch day. If you’ve ever wondered how much all the titles Microsoft adds in 2021 would total if purchased individually, now we know the answer: over $6,300.
The last 12 months have arguably been the most attractive for anyone considering signing up for Xbox/PC Game Pass. Psychonauts 2 and Forza Horizon 5, two of our favorite games, received day one releases. There was also The Medium, The Ascent, and Back 4 Blood, but the headliner of 2021 was December’s Halo Infinite campaign.
Additionally, last week Firewatch, Mortal Kombat 11, The Gunk, and Broken Age were all added.
These are just the biggest names added to the service. The loading did some math and found that if all title added to Xbox/PC Game Pass this year were purchased from the Microsoft Store, the total amount would be $6,317.35.
The publication revealed that users got the most out of their subscription fees in March when nearly two dozen Bethesda titles worth $964.67 hit the service. There’s a good reason for that: it’s the same month that Microsoft’s $7.5 billion acquisition of ZeniMax was approved, bringing all of Bethesda’s games under the Redmond firm’s roof.
A total of 30 Bethesda titles were added to Xbox/PC Game Pass in 2021, for a total value of $604.71, or just under 10% of the value of additions for the entire year. April offered the least value, with all new games totaling $330. That’s still good compared to the $9.99 monthly fee ($14.99 for Game Pass Ultimate).
Xbox Game Pass has over 100 titles available and had over 18 million subscribers as of January 2021; a number that is probably much higher now. It has several competitors, including Uplay Plus and PlayStation Now, but the combination of price and Microsoft’s extensive library make it the best games subscription service.