Xbox Game Pass Subscription Service Announced; Will Allow Full Game Downloads


In the attempt to give players more options to enjoy Xbox One games, Microsoft announced today a brand new subscription service called Xbox Game Pass.

The Xbox Game Pass will give players access to over 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 backward compatible games for the price of $9.99 per month.

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With great games from top industry publishers such as 2K, 505 Games, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, Capcom, Codemasters, Deep Silver, Focus Home Interactive, SEGA, SNK CORPORATION, THQ Nordic GmbH, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Microsoft Studios, there’s something for everyone to enjoy and you will always find something exciting to play across a variety of genres. Some of the fan-favorite titles coming to Xbox Game Pass when it launches to the broader Xbox community later this spring include Halo 5: Guardians, Payday 2, NBA 2K16 and SoulCalibur II.

Unlike the PlayStation Now service, which only allows streaming, all Xbox Game Pass subscribers will be able to download the full titles on their console. Additionally, they will also be able to enjoy an additional discount for all Xbox One games in the catalog, including related DLCs.

One of the best things about Xbox Game Pass is that you can discover and download the full titles directly on your Xbox One. That means continuous, full-fidelity gameplay without having to worry about streaming, bandwidth or connectivity issues. In addition, all Xbox One games in the catalog – and related add-ons – will be available to purchase at an exclusive discount for Xbox Game Pass members, so you can make the games you love part of your permanent library to play whenever you want. Every month new games will cycle into the subscription with some cycling out, giving you a constantly-updating library of games. Xbox Game Pass is your ticket to endless play.

The Xbox Game Pass service will launch this Spring, with select members of the Xbox Insider Program having the chance to try out the service starting today. Xbox Live Gold members will also get access to the service before its official launch.