Microsoft has opened up its Xbox Game Pass servers to Beta Ring insiders, allowing them a first-crack at the console’s upcoming game-rental system.
The Game Pass program would allow players to rent and play over 100 different Xbox titles from multiple consoles for a monthly subscription fee, similar to Playstation Now.
Originally the program was rolled out to players that were part of the Alpha Ring. Now it seems like Microsoft is intending to move the program further along to the Beta stage, allowing players in the Beta Ring to use it as well.
The program is supposed to be rolled out to the general playerbase later this spring.
Similar to Playstation Now, Xbox Game Pass would have a selection of both Xbox 360 and Xbox One titles available to play for 9.99 a month. This would allow players to rent out games that they likely wouldn’t play otherwise, or play Xbox 360 games that aren’t a part of the backwards compatibility program.
However, according to Microsoft, users of the Xbox Game Pass program won’t have to worry about connectivity issues or streaming issues, unlike what Playstation Now works with.
Various games that will be coming to the program include Halo 5: Guardians, Payday 2, NBA 2K16, and SoulCalibur II. Developers and publishers that will be putting their games on the service include 2K, 505 Games, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, Capcom, Codemasters, Deep Silver, Focus Home Interactive, SEGA, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Microsoft Studios.
While Xbox already has the Xbox One Backwards Compatibility service, not to mention the Play Anywhere service, the Xbox Game Pass program will help players to play even more games, including their favorites that aren’t re-made or put on the backwards compatibility program (or aren’t put on fast enough).
So while we don’t have a specific release date yet on the program, hopefully Microsoft will give us one soon.