Microsoft announced the Xbox Game Pass on Tuesday, a Netflix-like subscription based service for games. You will be able to access a catalog of free games for the Xbox One and Xbox 360 with this new service. Microsoft isn’t the first to offer this kind of service for games, though. Their biggest competitor, Sony, offered a similar service with PlayStation Now for $100/year . And also EA Access offers this service for only $5/month or $30/year. However, PS Now only offers streaming service for their PS3 games whereas Microsoft is offering games for both the Xbox One and Xbox 360. Xbox Game Pass is priced at $10/month and will only offer month to month subscriptions.
XBox Game Pass and Games With Gold
There has been some question of whether Microsoft will keep Games With Gold after they launch the Xbox Game Pass. A Microsoft representative has come forward and stated that the two services will co-exist with one another.
“Games with Gold is an added benefit specific to Xbox Live Gold members that rewards players with two to four free games each month to enjoy. Xbox Game Pass is a subscription-based service that gives you unlimited access to over 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 backward compatible games for Xbox One for $9.99 USD per month. Xbox Live Gold is not required for Xbox Game Pass, however, Xbox Live Gold is required for multiplayer titles that are part of the Xbox Game Pass catalog.”
This spokesperson also stated that the Xbox Game Pass library will update every month. And that only “sometimes” will games be removed from the list. As long as you remain a subscriber you will be able to enjoy all the games in the library. So if you happen to cancel your subscription, the save data for those games will remain on your system. So if you choose to restart your subscription or buy the game, you can play right where you left off.
Confirmed Xbox Game Pass Titles
Microsoft says it wants to stock the catalog with a variety of popular titles from different genres, such as action, FPS, strategy and RPG. Currently there are more than 10 games already confirmed for Xbox Game Pass.
- Fable III
- Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
- Halo 5: Guardians
- Lego Batman
- Mad Max
- Mega Man Legacy Collection
- NBA 2K16
- Payday 2
- Saints Row IV Re-Elected
- SoulCalibur II
- Tekken Tag Tournament II
The Xbox Game Pass is currently in an initial Beta testing phase. It is only available on Xbox One for people in the Xbox Insider Program. Microsoft expects to fully launch this service to the public sometime this spring.