Today Microsoft announced a new Netflix-style gaming subscription service allowing you to play “over 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360” titles on your Xbox One for only $9.99 a month.
The new Xbox Game Pass subscription service will give Xbox One owners access to over 100 titles, consisting of both Xbox One and Xbox 360 titles, including Halo 5: Guardians, Payday 2, Mad Max and LEGO Batman, with the selection of titles being updated monthly.
The new service draws obviously similarities to EA’s Access portal, allowing you to download and play a range of titles for a set monthly cost. Similar to EA Access, Microsoft have also revealed that you can choose the purchase any title included in your subscription at a 20% discount, or 10% discount for DLC, to keep even if you cancel your Xbox Game Pass subscription. This places the Xbox Game Pass to be a great way to not only increase the size of your game library, but also to try out titles that you may not have otherwise purchased, allowing the service to become a great content discovery tool.
The new service will launch later in the Spring, priced at US$9.99 with no mention of pricing for other regions. However, Microsoft have released a preview of the new service, with a limited selection of games, to Xbox One Insiders to try out today.
Eventually Xbox Game Pass will roll out to all Xbox One owners with an Xbox Live Gold subscription later in the Spring, with non-Gold subscribers and Windows 10 versions following at a later date. Microsoft have confirmed that although Xbox 360 titles are included in the service, these can only be played on the Xbox One and the service is not compatible with the older Xbox 360 hardware.
Xbox Game Pass will launch in “at least 27 Xbox markets” later this Spring. Pricing for induvidual regions will be announced closer to the service’s release.