Microsoft Introduces Xbox Game Pass, a Netflix For Gaming on Xbox One
Out of the blue, Microsoft has announced a new subscription service for Xbox One owners. Xbox Game Pass will allow its subscribers to play over one hundred games, both regular Xbox One titles and older Xbox 360 games via the console’s backward compatibility feature. Xbox Game Pass will be made available this Spring.
Microsoft has announced that the new subscription service will cost $9.99 per month. The company says it’s working with major publishers and will add new games to the subscription service every month, although some games will also be removed. The comparison with video subscription service Netflix is easily made. There will be over one hundred games available at launch including Microsoft’s own Halo 5: Guardians, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition and Fable III. Third-party titles will also hit the Xbox Game Pass Service such as Saints Row IV Re-Elected, NBA 2K16, Mad Max, Lego Batman, Payday 2, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and Soul Calibur II.
Games will have to downloaded to the console in order to be played by an active subscriber. If you are no longer subscribed to Xbox Game Pass, you won’t be able to access the subscription titles anymore. The service also requires an online check-in once in a month. Additionally, users will be able to purchase any game in the Game Pass assortment with a discount of 20 percent.
Xbox has stated that its new Game Pass subscription is completely separate from Xbox Live Gold and you won’t need a Gold subscription in order to use Game Pass. Multiplayer on Xbox Game Pass titles will still require an active Xbox Live Gold subscription, however.
Xbox Game Pass will be made available this spring for the general public, but a very early build will be accessible for certain selected members of the Xbox Insider program. Microsoft emphasizes that is early build will not be representative of the final subscription and has some restrictions. The selected Xbox Insiders can start testing out the service with a couple of dozen games, most of which are Xbox Live Arcade titles.