My first computer was a Tandy 1000. I loved that machine with its 128KB of RAM and DOS operating system. My brother and I would play video games together and those shared moments exist high among my treasured memories. My love of video games has not dulled and now I get to share it with my daughters. The three of us have battled our way through Diablo III numerous times on the XBox One.
Recently, XBox introduced something called Game Pass. For a grizzled old gamer like me, with so little time to spare, this is a fantastic service. If I see a game I want to test out, I can download it and give it a quick try. I abandon most of these games within 10 minutes but sometimes I find a real gem that I can share with my girls. The only issue is data caps.
In November, the first month I had the game pass, I downloaded 500+ GB of game files. Trust me when I say this is excessive by any standard – it would take me several months to play these games all the way through. This 500+ GB is half of the data allowed by my internet provider and I nearly exceeded my 1TB limit. Prior to the Game Pass, I had never even come close to exceeding my data cap and between the four of us we watch a fair amount of Netflix, Prime and Sling, especially during college football season.
Keep in mind that downloading a game is far different than playing a game when you think about data caps. The kids can play Fortnite all they want and you probably don’t need to worry. However, if they have a Game Pass or something similar, just make sure they don’t make the mistake I made and download 20+ full scale games in a month. Here is a great video to see how to check data usage on your XBox One.