Microsoft is launching a new gaming subscription service called Xbox Game Pass.
Just a few notes:
- No EA games are listed, probably because of EA Access takes care of that problem
- However, like EA Access, you can download games directly to your console but once you cancel the service you lose access to the game.
- if you like the game you can buy it at an ‘exclsuive discount’.
- For the initial test period there are 20 games available now.
Below is the official announcement:
Today, the Xbox team announced a new gaming subscription service called Xbox Game Pass, which gives you unlimited access to over 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 backward compatible games on Xbox One for $9.99 a month. Xbox Game Pass will begin rolling out to select members of the Xbox Insider Program at 6 a.m. PSTtoday, and will launch to the broader community later this spring. If you’re part of the Xbox Insider Program and would like to take the update right away, you’ll need to reboot your Xbox One; otherwise, Xbox Game Pass should appear on your dashboard within an hour or so.
A few things we wanted to note about the Xbox Insider Program:
· As is common with new features and programs going into preview, Xbox Game Pass will be an early build with some feature limitations and will not be on par with the final experience that will be available later this spring.
· Most notable for users in the Xbox Insider Program will be a limited catalog (i.e. approximately 20 titles in preview, many of them arcade) and potentially some slight tweaks to the user interface. Most AAA titles in the Xbox Game Pass catalog will begin appearing when the program launches to the broader Xbox community later this spring.
· You can expect to run into bugs while in the Xbox Insider Program. Note that the main focus of Preview is to test features and report bugs so the team can refine the experience before it launches broadly.
· Xbox Game Pass will initially launch to the Xbox Insider Program without full localization, meaning the product description and channel names will appear in English. When the program launches to the broader Xbox community later this spring, the product description and channel names will be localized appropriately.
Some of the great titles coming later this spring when Xbox Game Pass launches to the broader Xbox community include: “Halo 5: Guardians,” “Saints Row IV Re-Elected,” “NBA 2K16,” “Mad Max,” “LEGO Batman,” “Mega Man Legacy Collection,” “Terraria,” “Payday 2,” “Gears of War: Ultimate Edition,” “Fable III,” “SoulCalibur II” and “Tekken Tag 2.” Note that these titles will not be part of the Xbox Insider Program.
For more information, please visit Xbox Wire.