If it drives up the adoption rate it may mean a lot of assured revenue, they will probably make it 12month sub only to avoid the cheapskates.
That's not really how these services work. I mean, look at XBL and PS+. They offer $60 year long subscriptions, but they still offer $25 three month sub options, and $10 a month options. If Sony or MS has a big month in "free" games offered on their online service, they don't temporarily suspend one month subscriptions. What you call "cheapskates", businesses see as fringe customers. Someone might subscribe for a month to check it out because hey, it's only $10. They might also buy microtransactions or DLC for one of the games included in the service. But that doesn't mean that person would subscribe for $60 for a year. That requires a higher up front investment. You'd be surprised at how many people pay $10 a month on a renewing subscription for XBL/PSN when they could buy a year long sub and save money.
It's the same logic Walmart uses when they allow anyone to return anything even without a receipt, for store credit. They know when these people go spend that credit they'll also spend their own money on other stuff. On paper a $10 sub even say, three months out of the year is already half of what a $60 subscriber pays and if someone is subscribing for particular games, they're gonna spend some money on DLC.
SOUnds good but I see through it. It will be riddled with microtransactions. They’ve definitely been paying attention to the games as a service trends for longevity on a first party front.
No more than gaming is "riddled" with microtransactions already. At least in this case you don't have to plop down $60 per title to be fed microtransactions.
That last part of your post is strange because between Sony and Microsoft, with games like The Show, Uncharted's multiplayer, Last of Us multiplayer, GT Sport, etc etc, talk late last year about exploring more in the microtransaction area, and shifting from hardware to the MAU stat MS loves.. even Nintendo now is joining with paid online and are more prominently using DLC.. not to mention Amiibo. I mean, it doesn't matter what console you have, this is the future of the industry. These are businesses who exist to make money for shareholders and this is what makes money.
edit, I still think that this is such a goddamn amazing deal for gamers, that something must not be communicated yet. Similar to the Gamestop game swapping program they announced and then killed before it even started. My guess is the games will be neutered somehow. For example State of Decay is in the Game Pass program right now, but it's not the Year One Survival Edition. You get the base game, but the DLC is not included, even though AFAIK there was never a version of SoD on Xbone that DIDN'T include the DLC.Last edited by LudicrousSpeed - on 23 January 2018