Microsoft has announced Xbox Game Pass, a premium subscription-based service which offers “unlimited access” to a large library of games on Xbox One.
Scheduled to release in late spring, membership will cost $9.99 or £7.99 per month. It should be noted that subscribers will also get access to Xbox 360 games which can be played on Xbox One through the console’s backwards compatibility program.
Some of the titles that have already been added include Halo 5: Guardians, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Payday 2: Crimewave Edition, NBA 2K16, and LEGO Batman. More titles will be added every month, and the library of Xbox Game Pass will naturally expand over time to become an astounding service for Xbox One owners.
The best feature of the Netflix-like service is that every game can be downloaded directly to your console, dismissing the need of any kind of streaming or concerns about connectivity issues.
In addition, members of Xbox Game Pass will be given 20 percent discount on purchasing a game from the catalog and 10 percent off “all related add-ons”. Xbox Live Gold will not be required to access Xbox Game Pass. However, users will still need a valid Gold membership in order to play online.
“As we prepare to launch Project Scorpio this holiday, bringing the most powerful console ever made to the Xbox One family of devices, we continue to make platform improvements to connect the growing community of players on Xbox Live and add to a robust and diverse portfolio of games across Xbox One and Windows 10,” stated Xbox boss Phil Spencer.
Sony offers something very similar with PlayStation Now, with the major difference being that the service deals with streaming content. This naturally becomes a service for only those with a good enough internet connection. The strength of Xbox Game Pass lies in the fact that it is available for everyone.