Microsoft’s Game Pass is Xbox’s New Subscription Service

Microsoft’s Game Pass is Xbox’s New Subscription Service

Microsoft have announced a new subscription service called Xbox Game Pass that will allow users to access a set number of titles for a monthly fee.

Available on Xbox One and Windows 10 devices, the service will cost $9.99/£7.99 a month and will contain 100 titles from Xbox 360 and Xbox One at launch in late Spring this year.

The Xbox Game Pass won’t require an Xbox Live subscription to work.

Microsoft and third-party publishers such as 2K, Capcom, Sega, Bandai Namco and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment will be supporting the Xbox Game Pass with titles such as NBA 2K16, Halo 5: Guardians and Payday 2.

Xbox Game Pass

When a title is part of the Xbox Game Pass, subscribers will be able to get 20% off the Xbox One title should they choose to purchase it and 10% off any relevant DLC for the game.

Once titles have cycled out of the service, they will no longer be available to users although Microsoft notes that your achievements will remain tied to your profile.

The service is similar to Sony’s PlayStation Now offering which was recently removed from a number of devices such as PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 3.

Unlike PlayStation Now, the Xbox Game Pass will allow you to download titles rather than streaming them with Microsoft stating the service offers “continuous, full-fidelity gameplay without having to worry about streaming, bandwidth or connectivity issues.”

Microsoft has shown a renewed commitment to games and gamers since the Xbox One’s launch in 2013 under the leadership of Phil Spencer.

The company recently axed their upcoming RPG Scalebound from their 2017 slate, removing its content from their channels which head of Xbox Phil Spencer described as “a difficult decision.”

At this year’s E3, Microsoft is expected to reveal more information about its next iteration of hardware currently known as Project Scorpio.

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