Xbox and PC Getting Subscription Service Called Xbox Game Pass

Those who are part of the Xbox Insider Program get to test this service first.

Microsoft has announced Xbox Game Pass, a service that offers “unlimited access to over one hundred great Xbox One and Xbox 360 titles” as part of a monthly subscription of $9.99 per month. This particular service is expected to launch “late Spring 2017” and will be available for Xbox One and PC.

As detailed on the website, games include Halo 5: Guardians, Payday 2, NBA 2k16, and Lego Batman. New games will be added to the catalogue “every month” as others are removed. The service functions much like Netflix in this sense.

“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 website reads.

Games are downloaded “directly to your console and play online or offline in full-fidelity, without any streaming or connectivity issues.” Subscribers will also be given a 20% discount on purchasing a game from the catalogue and 10% off “all related add-ons.” Discounts to add-ons are only available “while the base game is currently in the catalogue.” Xbox Live Gold is not required to play Xbox Pass games, but a Gold membership is required for multiplayer for those titles.

“As we prepare to launch Project Scorpio this holiday, bringing the most powerful console ever made to the Xbox One family of devices, we continue to make platform improvements to connect the growing community of players on Xbox Live and add to a robust and diverse portfolio of games across Xbox One and Windows 10,” says head of Xbox Phil Spencer.

Those who are part of the Xbox Insider Program will be able to test Xbox Game PassĀ “in the Alpha Preview ring starting today with a very limited number of titles.”