If Netflix can do it, so can Microsoft. A monthly subscription dubbed ‘Xbox Game Pass’ will be available to Xbox One owners late this Spring. For 10 bucks a month, this service will include unlimited access to over 100 games from a variety of genres, including Halo 5: Guardians, Payday 2, NBA 2K16, and SoulCalibur II. Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, let fans know that “there’s something for everyone to enjoy,” and the Xbox website confirms his statement.
“Play games across multiple genres, from action/adventure and family favourites to shooters, sport, puzzle games and more. And with new titles added every month, you’ll always have a wide selection of great games to choose from.”
The game catalog for the Xbox Game Pass will include Xbox One and backwards compatible 360 titles that will be cycled in and out monthly. If you get attached to a game, you will have the option to buy it at a 20% discount. You can also save 10% on the add-ons, but don’t take too long to decide on purchasing. You’ll only receive these discounts while the game is still in the catalog.
The idea of a gaming subscription like this isn’t totally new, with Playstation Now being Sony’s version. The crucial difference is that Game Pass will not use streaming, and games will be downloaded directly onto your Xbox One. As Phil Spencer points out, “that means continuous, full-fidelity gameplay without having to worry about streaming, bandwidth or connectivity issues.”
Select members of the Xbox Insider Program are already testing Game Pass out. Look for the service to be available to the broader community later this spring, although Xbox Live Gold members will get a crack at it first.