Microsoft is launching a new subscription service called Xbox Game Pass. This is essentially like Netflix for games, with those willing to pay the monthly fee being granted access to over 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 titles. So it looks as though Sony finally has a fight on its hands.
We’re slowly entering an age where ownership is a thing of the past. We are increasingly buying access to content instead, whether it be music (Spotify, Apple Music), or TV and movies (Netflix, Amazon Prime Video). Even books and video games are getting in on the act, and Microsoft wants a piece of the action.
100 Games for $10 a Month
Microsoft has announced Xbox Game Pass, a monthly subscription service set to launch in Spring 2017. Xbox Game Pass subscribers will be granted access to over 100 Xbox One and (backwards-compatible) Xbox 360 games for as long as they keep paying the $9.99-per-month asking price.
Publishers already signed up to the Xbox Game Pass include 2K, Capcom, Codemasters, SEGA, SNK CORPORATION, THQ Nordic GmbH, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, and Microsoft Studios. While games available at launch include Halo 5: Guardians, Payday 2, NBA 2K16 and SoulCalibur II.
The roster of titles available will change on a monthly basis, with some being removed, only to be replaced by a selection of brand new titles. If you’re in the middle of playing a game about to disappear from the service you’ll be able to buy it at a discounted rate.
Xbox Game Pass is set to compete directly with PlayStation Now. However, unlike Sony’s offering, which is all about streaming, Xbox Game Pass subscribers will be downloading the games directly to their consoles. Which removes the need for a superfast internet connection.
Early Access for Xbox Insiders
Microsoft is currently “testing Xbox Game Pass with select members of the Xbox Insider Program”. Xbox Live Gold members will then be offered early access before a full rollout is made available to anyone and everyone. Microsoft hasn’t revealed the exact timing of the full launch, but it should occur within the next three months.
Do you own an Xbox One? If so, how much do you spend on games every month? Are you likely to sign up for Xbox Game Pass? If so, why? Would you prefer to stream games as you can with PlayStation Now? Or are downloads better? Please let us know in the comments below!