Xbox Game Pass has been officially launched and detailed by Microsoft. The company posted about the pass on Facebook before making a formal announcement. The Netflix-like service is now live in early access for Xbox Live Gold Members. Meanwhile, the public release is set for June 1.
There is a lot of variety to what you can play thanks to a library of 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 backward compatible games. We have Halo 5, all Bioshock games, Gears of War 1-3, Gears Ultimate, NBA 2K16, XCOM: Enemy Within, Saints Row IV: Re-Elected, Mad Max, and Payday 2 among other titles.
Microsoft is also offering family friendly games such as Banjo-Kazooie, LEGO Batman, Terraria and Viva Pinata. Retro fans can enjoy Mega Man Legacy Collection, Resident Evil 0, Streets of Rage, Perfect Dark Zero and Pac-Man Championship Edition.
You can download and play any game you want or just download everything on offer if you have space for it. The best a retail Xbox One can do is 2TB and even that won’t be enough. Keep in mind that this is not a streaming service like Sony’s PlayStation Now so anything you wish to play would require a full download.
Once the game is downloaded you can play it offline so there is no requirement of always online. Microsoft will expand the game library and while the number of games will vary, we can expect titles to be added each month. Moreover, the games you like can also be purchased for a discounted price right away. So this isn’t just an access pass, it is also a discount card for Xbox One games.
Microsoft won’t be able to add all games to this service but it is working with third-party publishers to bring as many games as possible to Xbox Game Pass. Similar to EA Access, we might see new games on Xbox Game Pass but that is in the future.
The Xbox Game Pass will cost $9.99 per month.