In a blog post today on Xbox.com, Xbox head Phil Spencer introduced us to Xbox Game Pass. Game Pass is Microsoft’s newest subscription service for gamers, and, from the sound of it, Game Pass will rival Sony’s PlayStation Now model.
What is Xbox Game Pass?
Good question; Xbox Game Pass is Microsoft’s answer to PlayStation Now. Think of it like the Netflix of gaming. With the $9.99/month subscription Xbox users will have access to “over 100 Xbox One and backward compatible Xbox 360 games.” Some of the games listed in the announcement include: Halo 5: Guardians, Payday 2, NBA 2K16 and SoulCalibur II. Microsoft is also touting publishers such as 2K, 505 Games, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, and Capcom just to name a few.
Unlike Sony’s PlayStation Now, you will be able to download the full games as you see fit, and so long as you are a member, you can play them to your heart’s content. Being able to download the full game, rather than stream it, translates to a better gaming experience. This may sound similar to Games with Gold, but it couldn’t be more different. First of all, if you are a subscriber to Xbox Game Pass, you will be able to buy the games on the service at a discounted price and own them permanently. Every month, the games available for download will cycle in and out of the service, much like Netflix cycles its movies every so often.
Great, When Can I Sign Up?
If you’re a member of the Xbox Insider Program, Microsoft is testing the service with “select members” with a “very limited” library of games. Later down the line, after the alpha testing, Xbox Gold Members will recieve early access to the program. As for everyone else, you’ll have to wait until “later this Spring” to experience the Xbox Game Pass. Microsoft promises more details closer to launch, so we’ll just have to wait a couple months to learn more.
Will you geeks be signing up for the Xbox Game Pass? It certainly sounds like an amazing deal, and if I had a One, I would certainly give it a try. What games do you hope to see on the service? Let us know what you think about the Game Pass in the comments below. Also, stay with DHTG as we’ll have more on this as it’s made available.