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Offline CptHowdy

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Microsoft game pass for PC
« on: May 19, 2020, 04:04:57 PM »
Anyone have any experience using this? Seems like a great deal until a game you have been playing is removed from the store and then you need to purchase it. Full game demos basically but a good way to try it out before you buy. Thanks for any input.

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Re: Microsoft game pass for PC
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2020, 04:07:16 PM »
i have it and for $5 a month worth it for me....i never play a game long enough to worry about it disappearing.

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Re: Microsoft game pass for PC
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2020, 04:34:55 PM »
I grabbed it on the $1 deal they were running for a month.

Itís not bad but Iím one to put a game down and come back to it so the constant churn doesnít work for me.

Plus Micro$ofts storefront is hot garbage.
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Re: Microsoft game pass for PC
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2020, 05:19:53 PM »
I have it and I have been frustrated with the way the library works. I'm sure the problem is with my lack of ability to figure it out, but the games are all mixed in with the microsoft store and/or the XBOX console companion, which I absolutely hate. Despite my best efforts, I have been unable to figure out how to create desktop shortcuts for my games...so every time I want to play, I need to go into the companion or microsoft app, or search for the game in the windows search bar. For me the desktop icons remind me I have the game. If it isn't there, out of sight - out of mind. The games rarely get played.  I've also struggled with locating where the games get downloaded and the process of changing that. I install most of my games to the D: but of course windows wants to install all of its still into some random windows folder on my C:...I'm sure it is designed to make things much easier, and it seems like it would be a fine system for a console player (or an idiot), but it is nothing but annoying for a PC guy who likes to control and customize his computer and software. 
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Re: Microsoft game pass for PC
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2020, 05:57:41 PM »
Yep, the game pass app not very good, technically still considered a beta...but I doubt it gets much better anytime soon.  You can change the drive of installs (and turn on prompt to ask you for drive each time you install) in the profile screen, but I believe the actual folder is a pre-determined hidden microsoft folder that you don't have control over on the drive...weird process for sure.  My downloaded games show up on a quick bar that is always displayed on the main screen so not too bad for me, but then again likely don't use a ton either.
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Re: Microsoft game pass for PC
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2020, 06:00:52 AM »
I have it and I have been frustrated with the way the library works. I'm sure the problem is with my lack of ability to figure it out, but the games are all mixed in with the microsoft store and/or the XBOX console companion, which I absolutely hate. Despite my best efforts, I have been unable to figure out how to create desktop shortcuts for my games...so every time I want to play, I need to go into the companion or microsoft app, or search for the game in the windows search bar. For me the desktop icons remind me I have the game. If it isn't there, out of sight - out of mind. The games rarely get played.  I've also struggled with locating where the games get downloaded and the process of changing that. I install most of my games to the D: but of course windows wants to install all of its still into some random windows folder on my C:...I'm sure it is designed to make things much easier, and it seems like it would be a fine system for a console player (or an idiot), but it is nothing but annoying for a PC guy who likes to control and customize his computer and software.

Most of the frustrations should be resolvable by using the "XBox Game Pass for PC (Beta)" App.  You might have already had to install it for Game Pass, but here's the link:  https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/xbox-game-pass-for-pc-beta/cfq7ttc0kgq8?ICID=PC_TopStripe_PC_Game_Pass_03122020&activetab=pivot%3aoverviewtab.  This lets you just browse the PC Games.

You can specify the drive that it will default to to install games in the App.  Click on your profile, then under settings, go to general, and there is a "drive selection" section.  AIUI, that's as far as you can go, and you can't specify a directory.  I believe it goes into the "WindowsApps" directory on that drive--which is a bit of a kludge to even view the contents of.

For desktop shortcuts, just drag and drop from the start menu.

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Re: Microsoft game pass for PC
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2020, 06:03:04 AM »
^thanks. Iíll check it out.

Drag and drop from where, though? Iíve tried that before.
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Re: Microsoft game pass for PC
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2020, 06:09:37 AM »
Drag and drop from where, though? Iíve tried that before.

For me, the Windows 10 Start Menu -- the windows icon in lower left.  Brings up a list of programs.  The PC Games Pass ones show up for me there, and dragging from there to desktop creates a shortcut.

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