Xbox Game Pass Subscription Announced, Includes Xbox One and Xbox 360 Games

Microsoft has announced a new service called Xbox Game Pass in a clear bid to boost Xbox One hardware sales.

The new monthly subscription is coming to Xbox One this spring, and gives users unlimited access to over a hundred Xbox One and backwards compatible Xbox 360 games, for only $9.99 a month.

The service will include games from various industry publishers, including: 2K Games, 505 Games, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Codemasters, Deep Silver, Focus Home Interactive, Sega, SNK, THQ Nordic, Warner Bros. Interactive, Microsoft Studios, and more.

It’s worth pointing out games will be downloaded directly to your Xbox One, and not streamed. Coming from this, all games, including add-ons, will be available to purchase with a discount exclusive to Xbox Game Pass holders. New games will be added into the subscription every month, while some will be cycled out.

Microsoft is going to test the Xbox Game Pass with lucky members of the Xbox Insider Program, in the Alpha Preview ring beginning today with a limited number of games.

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  • DrearierSpider

    >Current and last gen titles
    >No dependency on streaming
    >Discounts to buy full titles
    >Cheaper vs PSNow (except for $100/yr option)

    Not a service I’d ever use, but a fuck of a lot better than PSNow for sure.

  • Mir Teiwaz

    Oh hey, it’s that thing I want to see Nintendo do with the Virtual Console.

  • Andrew Siribohdi

    Hypothetically speaking, if I were to sign up for this service, download a game I like but decide to cancel the service, do I get to keep the game or not?

  • Cy

    I already pay 30 dollars a year for EA Access which does the exact same thing but with only one publisher. Damn right I’m paying for this.

  • OSad

    If this monthy subscription system works like any other modern one, you pay for the month up front. So you would get to keep the game in your library for the rest of your subscription time, regardless of cancelling prior to that or not.

  • Exactly. It is like the free games they “give you” during your live subscription. They are yours… as long as your live account is current. Lapse and they go away. You will get a nice little reminder when you try to launch that as well. I wonder if they is an attempt to phase out paying for matchmaking, and pushing Live into something else. Would be kind of interesting.

  • alterku

    Unless you get them on and for 360, then you keep them.

  • sAy_YaS

    Its Netflix for XB1…nice!!!!!!

  • Uncle Ocelot

    I’d prefer something like this to PS Now.

  • They’re only doing this because they lost 8th gen to PS4 LMAO.

  • Mr0303

    Better than streaming games, but I still don’t like the idea as games as a service even if it is a glorified rent in this case. From a business point of view it makes sense to recoup the losses made while developing the backwards compatibility. Overall not a bad move by MS.

  • stobgopper

    I really miss sticking a cartridge in my snes and playing the goddman game.

  • DrearierSpider

    So? It’s still a much better deal than PSNow and undoubtedly good value for certain customers.