tbh, i dun even know how they are making money off this sub like that. this $1 thing had been going on in the US for a while now from what i know.
i hope those 3rd party are getting full money off of it and m$ is absorbing the cost. as for m$ games. i fear they are gonna go full throttle on that mobile f2p route and in the end forces sony and nintendo to do so. make every games to be full of micro transaction.
also, i had heard of gears 5 AI companion in the story mode is so stupid that it forces you to have to coop with someone else thus having to sub for live for it. not sure what difficulty the guy is playing on. but of course if you are on PC then no need to sub for live.
i am a m$ hater and whatever they do, i will think of something bad about it.
who knows. maybe this is their strategy of starving out the competition and once they get rid of them eventually, they can do whatever they want.