Microsoft Announces the Xbox Game Pass

Do you aspire to have a library of over 100 games playable on Xbox One at your fingertips? Well, you’re in luck, as Microsoft has just announced the solution; the Xbox Game Pass.

Rolling out this spring, Xbox Game Pass is a subscription service that grants you unlimited access to over 100 Xbox One and backwards compatible games for the low price of £7.99/$9.99 a month.

It would appear that many of the industry’s top publishers are on board, including the likes of 2K, Capcom and Bandai Namco Entertainment, ensuring that there’s a wide variety of games available. At the moment, only four games have been specifically confirmed for the service: Halo 5: Guardians, Payday 2, NBA 2K16 and SoulCalibur II. Promotional images suggest that titles like Saints Row 4, Mad Max, Lego Batman, Terraria and Gears of War Ultimate Edition will also be included, however.


The roster of games is set to change every month, with titles added and removed to always give you something fresh to play. As titles are downloaded rather than streamed, there are no connectivity or latency issues to worry about either.

Before the service rolls out to all Xbox gamers in spring, selected members of the Xbox Insider Program will be able to sample its offerings starting from today. Xbox Live Gold members will also be receiving advanced access to the service before it launches.

Personally, I think the service sounds rather generous – $9.99 is a small price to pay to access over 100 games. Obviously it benefits those new to the Xbox One the most, who won’t already own or have played many of the titles that will be included. Still, even if you just play one game from the service a month, you’ve pretty much got your money’s worth.

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