Microsoft has announced the Xbox Game Pass, a new subscription program that will offer access to more than 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 backwards compatible games. It sounds a lot like Netflix without the hangups of streaming games.
For $9.99 per month, players can cruise through a growing list of games, pick whatever they want and download it directly to their Xbox One for play until their subscription is done. Xbox head Phil Spencer touched on a few of the games included in the experience by glazing over Halo 5: Guardians, Payday 2, NBA 2K16 and SoulCalibur II.
Spencer ran down a few of the pubs working with the service right now.
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.
Coming this spring
The Xbox Game Pass will hit the Xbox Insider Program for testing today. The full version is set to launch later this spring. There are roughly 20 titles in the preview, though that will grow.
If the roster of games is solid, I can see this service taking off. Imagine if Nintendo did something similar with its Virtual Console on the Switch? My goodness.