The best value in PC gaming is Xbox Game Pass, and AMD wants a piece of the pie.
Xbox Game Pass
Even if you’ve never touched an Xbox, Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass is an awesome deal for PC gamers, with a Netflix-style selection of hundreds of PC games and extra game streaming options. AMD is now bundling a month of free Gaming Pass service with new graphics cards and CPUs, demonstrating how popular the game subscription service has become.
The “Equipped for Battle” campaign will run from now until June 2022. The Radeon RX 6600, 6600 XT, 6700 XT, 6800, and 6800 XT graphics cards, as well as AMD Ryzen CPUs in the 5, 7, and 9 series (3600 or above), will all get a coupon for a free month of Xbox Game Pass for PC.
Since it’s only a $10 value and the cheapest hardware on the list costs $250 at retail, it’s hardly a huge incentive to buy. (Due to the continuous scarcity, the “affordable” Radeon RX 6600 GPU, with a retail price of $330, is presently selling for roughly $600 at street value.)
However, AMD’s interest in selling anything with “Xbox” in the name is a significant success on Microsoft’s part and a sign of the company’s close relations with AMD, which manufactures the CPUs used in the latest Xbox consoles.
PC players continue to appreciate Game Pass for its diverse range of downloadable titles, including brand new games from Microsoft’s stable of game creators, such as Halo Infinite, Forza Horizon 5, and Deathloop. Recent additions to the collection, like titles from EA Play and the Bethesda library (which Microsoft acquired last year), further add to the allure.
AMD’s sale will continue until June 30th or exhausted coupon codes. Any free games that come packed with new graphics cards, such as the Far Cry 6 and Resident Evil Village keys that they are giving away with new Radeon RX 6900 XT cards, are included in the Xbox Game Pass deal.