The Xbox Game Pass is adding some heavy-hitters in Gears 5 and Metal Gear Solid HD Edition: 2 & 3 this month, according to a new announcement that revealed the games coming to the console and PC versions of the subscription service during September. Xbox Game Pass has been praised as the best subscription-based offering among current-gen consoles, and it's not difficult to see why - the Xbox offering has been consistently adding top-tier titles.
By contrast, there have been better days for PlayStation Plus, which has been routinely criticized for the games it has given away for free with subscription as some analysts argue that Sony has already moved on to thinking about how the PS5 will improve on the service. Xbox Game Pass has been one of the few bright spots for the Xbox One, however, as Microsoft's console has struggled to maintain playerbase growth this generation while Sony and Nintendo have both enjoyed big advancements in their respective install bases. A lot of that still stems from the Xbox One's shaky launch, something that will no doubt illustrate just how important the release of Xbox Scarlett will be - getting it right could revitalize the platform, while getting it wrong could be the beginning of another long spiral to the bottom.
Xbox continued playing to its strengths this month, however, by offering another massive roster update to the Xbox Game Pass service. Subscribers will now gain access to Gears 5 on both console and PC, while console fans will also be treated to Metal Gear Solid HD Edition: 2 & 3, just months before the man behind the series, Hideo Kojima, unleashes his new monster in Death Stranding upon the world. Other titles, like Enter the Gungeon and Dead Cells, will also enter the library for both platforms. Those two titles have cult followings and represent two of the very best indie offerings from the past few years, further establishing that Xbox Game Pass has a keen eye for solid additions to the service.
Naturally, the biggest get will be Gears 5biggest Xbox exclusive release, the of this season. The Coalition's follow-up to the good-but-still-criticized Gears of War 4 has been reviewing exceptionally well ahead of its official launch, and fans will be clamoring to get their hands on the game, especially since Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers will also get it four days early. Gears 5 will also be crucial in making one last push for decent Xbox One sales this holiday season before Xbox Scarlett becomes the hot ticket item in 2020.
While consumers have every right to criticize the Xbox One as a platform due to its historical performance, it's hard to argue that the console has been lacking over the last year or two. Microsoft has made a swath of changes that have improved the platform on nearly every level and, late in its life cycle, the Xbox One has become an appealing console to own - in large part due to the efforts of Xbox Game Pass.
Source: Xbox Wire