Microsoft unveils Netflix-style Xbox Game Pass service

Janie Parker
March 1, 2017

Some of the titles included at launch later this spring include Halo 5: Guardians, Payday 2, National Basketball Association 2K16 and SoulCalibur 2. Xbox Game Pass will allow its subscribers to play over one hundred games, both regular Xbox One titles and older Xbox 360 games via the console's backward compatibility feature.

Microsoft has announced that the new subscription service will cost $9.99 per month. For Xbox Game Pass subscribers that renew their subscription after a while though, the rotating list of games means that they can't be sure to always have access to a game they previously played months or years ago.

The Xbox Game Pass service will launch this Spring, with select members of the Xbox Insider Program having the chance to try out the service starting today.

There's no mention of Xbox Game Pass coming to Windows 10 as far as I can see, but given the increasing focus on PC gamers I can't imagine Microsoft isn't thinking about it.

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Again, that's similar to the way Netflix operates, with the media streaming giant cycling content on a monthly basis. The graphic accompanying the announcement hints at plenty more, including Fable and Mad Max, as well as some classic indie games. Some specific titles promised to come with the Xbox Game Pass at launch are Halo 5: Guardians, Payday 2, National Basketball Association 2K16, and SoulCalibur II. If you decide to become a Xbox Game Pass member you will also receive an exclusive discount if you find a game you really enjoy and want to purchase.

Microsoft said in a release that players should expect games from publishers like 2K, Warner Bros., and others to appear on Xbox Game Pass. They plan to open thing up in the spring to members of their Xbox Insider Program with a full launch set for some time after if all goes according to plan.

Any all-you-can-eat membership service, be it streaming or downloads, is only as good as the games it provides. The service isn't being rolled out to all users right now; instead, it's being made available to Xbox Alpha testers with only a few titles for testing and feedback. Let us know in the comments section below!

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