Got the Series S
So, I'd been keeping an eye of S's and X's for the last couple of months or so, and in particular, the All Access deal wherein not only do you get the system at no interest but it includes 2 years of GamePass. Doing the All Access deal appears to save you about $60 to $70 over the 2 years.
I really intended to further postpone any upgrade and GamePass renewal for a few months. You see, 2 years ago I'd extended my Gold membership for 2 years and then got the GamePass deal where for $1 you got an introductory subscription that lasted until the end of your Gold membership. That two years is up November 30th. It's been great having GamePass for 2 years straight for a single dollar!
My idea was that I would just not renew for a while and save some $. I have a backlog of games I've bought on sale, games that I've gotten with Games With Gold, etc. that would probably last me an entire year or more. Surely I could play those, at least through the winter, and check the lay of the videogame landscape come Spring or Summer, right?
Two things prevented this;
1. Forza Horizon 5 - man, those trailers looked sweet. And then as folks started playing it the hype was just too much. By the time I read the TA review - 10!? - I knew I would need to play this game which would leave me either paying full price for it, or just renewing GamePass. Sort of a no-brainer here - the better value would be just to keep going with GamePass.
2. Christmas and the Chip Shortage - I had been keeping an eye on the X and S supplies, and never, at an actual retail outlet, has an available X come across my desk. The X is really what I wanted as I am still a fan of disc drives and physical media - more on that possibly some day in a future blog post. But the S seemed to be readily available. It occurred to me that there could be a chance that even the S may become subject to rarity with the rest of those being bought up for Christmas gifts, and then the chip shortage preventing a refresh.
Weighing the Forza/Holiday/Chip conundrum I decided to jump on an S from Gamestop (I bought from the little guy on purpose - keep them afloat a little while longer until the inevitable happens). So far, its a nifty little machine, but I'm not seeing a lot of difference between it and my Xbox One S, which is now a permanent part of the living room.
So, Sunday morning - lets boot up some Forza!