Microsoft has determined that Xbox Game Pass was a little confusing for you. So the company has given the PC side of things its own name. Making it now, Xbox Game Pass, PC Game Pass, and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Or would it now be Xbox Game Pass, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, and then PC Game Pass?
Either way that you look at it, there are three tiers to Game Pass, and one of them is dedicated to just PC (Windows) use, while the other is dedicated to use with an Xbox console (with Ultimate able to do both). This is actually a pretty decent idea as you don’t want to subscribe to the wrong option, which can be easy to do if both standalone options have “Xbox” in the name. Mostly an issue with unsuspecting parents who don’t have any gaming experience, trying to buy into a subscription for their kids.
The new change was announced during the 2021 Game Awards and has already gone into effect. No more will you ever have to second guess which option you are clicking on. Now you just have to hope your parents are listening to you word for word when you say “all I want for Christmas is [insert word]Game Pass”.
Typically, you only need one or the other since the gaming community is pretty dedicated when it comes to console vs PC. However, some hardcore fans prefer to have the ability to play their games wherever they go and via whatever they are sitting in front of (hence the option of Ultimate). Of course, you could just opt for Xbox Game Pass and try to stream your console to a PC using the Xbox app for Windows. It isn’t as dependable, but it might save you a little cash. Whichever example you might be, the option is a little easier to tell apart.