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Microsoft to launch Xbox Game Pass, a Netflix-style subscription service for games on Xbox One

Masiv / Mar 01, 2017


Microsoft joins PlayStation Now and EA Access in offering a Netflix style subscription service for games on Xbox One. 
Xbox Game Pass will allow Xbox One owners to download an unlimited amount of games from a rolling catalogue of over 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 games in exchange for a £7.99/$9.99 monthly subscription fee. Much like Netflix's content, games will cycle in and out of the service, with players given the opportunity to purchase games they particularly like from within the service. And also like similar services, the catalogue will be made up of slightly older games rather than the newest titles. Early games confirmed for the service include Halo 5: Guardians, Saints Row IV, Mad Max, Lego Batman and Fable III.



Unlike Netflix and PlayStation Now, however, you will download  games to your console rather than streaming. In a post on Xbox Wire announcing the service, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said "One of the best things about Xbox Game Pass is that you can discover and download the full titles directly on your Xbox One. That means continuous, full-fidelity gameplay without having to worry about streaming, bandwidth or connectivity issues." 

Spencer also confirmed that several third party publishers are on board with the service including 2K, 505 Games, Bandai Namco,  Capcom, Codemasters, Deep Silver,  SEGA, and Warner Bros. Notable absentees are EA, which has its own similar download service in the form of EA Access, and Activision.

The service is planned to launch for Windows 10 eventually too, but will roll out on Xbox One first. Members of the Xbox Insider preview program already have access to an early build with a limited catalogue, while the full service will launch for Xbox One in late Spring.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZoHUI5aY9E

The service will be completely separate from the Xbox Live Gold subscription and will not affect the Games with Gold offers that roll around each month.
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Falconer
Not interested in PS Now and not interested in this. I have a bad feeling about it.
I like the idea, if they add a good amount of games to the full service it could be worth it. There is only one video game rental service in the UK which I stopped using because it was taking too long to get games sent out so I imagine it will do well here.
Masiv
Earlier this year, Microsoft announced Xbox Game Pass, a new digital gaming subscription service that gives you unlimited access to over 100 Xbox One and Backward Compatible Xbox 360 games for $9.99 USD per month. To ensure Xbox Game Pass provides the best experience possible for gamers, Microsoft rolled the service out first to the Xbox Insider Program, with a limited number of titles to test the features. Thanks to the positive feedback received from the community, Microsoft is thrilled to launch Xbox Game Pass broadly to the Xbox community in 31 markets and share the entire catalog of over 100 great games.

Beginning today, May 24, all Xbox Live Gold members will get exclusive Early Access to Xbox Game Pass, and can start their 14-day free trial before anyone else. This is Microsoft's way of saying thank you to our valued Gold members for their continued support.

On Thursday, June 1, Xbox Game Pass will be available for all users. That means anyone with an Xbox Live account can start their 14-day free trial and play over 100 games. Subscriptions will be available for purchase online at xbox.com/game-pass, with a retail offering expected later this year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3fDMJxVziY

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