Today, Microsoft has announced the Xbox Game Pass, a $9.99 a month subscription that grants free and unlimited access to a library of over 100 Xbox One and backward compatible games. The Xbox Game Pass, arriving later this spring, will allow a subscription holder to play games from 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. From the initial image supplied with the news, we can see such games as Halo 5, Saints Row 4, Mad Max, NBA 2K16, Lego Batman, Gears of War, and many more.
The pass works by enabling you to download these full titles directly to your console, without having to worry about the issues regarding streaming, bandwidth, or connectivity. Access to these games will be taken away if you cancel your subscription, and Microsoft go on to state that you can buy the games included in the Xbox Game Pass at a discounted price to make them permanent additions to your library for as long as you subscribe. The range of titles will also continually change, with some games being replaced by others. The fact that some of the games may be replaced by the constantly rotating roster may incentivize some to purchase games at the discounted rate before they are cycled out.
The Xbox Game Pass will begin rolling out to select members of the Xbox Insider Program today, and later to Xbox Live Gold members, before being made available to everyone else, whether they have an Xbox Live Gold subscription or not. Whatever you think about the current state of the Xbox One and Microsoft, this is a bold move that is likely to entice many. Does it sound like a good deal to you? Let us know in the comments section below.