Yesterday, Microsoft announced that it’s bringing one of the most popular console game subscription services, Xbox Game Pass, to Windows PC. In a blog post published on Xbox News, Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, introduced Xbox Game Pass for PC.
According to Spencer, Xbox Game Pass for PC is specifically designed for “the needs of PC gamers and PC game developers.” He also says that it will retain its original name “Xbox Game Pass”. The only difference is that it’s a new experience that Microsoft is building together with the PC community.
Phil Spencer also announced that PC players will get “unlimited access to a curated library of over 100 high-quality PC games on Windows 10, from well-known PC game developers and publishers such as Bethesda, Deep Silver, Devolver Digital, Paradox Interactive, SEGA, and more.”
Furthermore, Xbox Game Pass will remain committed to PC as it is on the console,
Microsoft will continue to add “new games from Xbox Game Studios in Xbox Game Pass for PC the same day as their global release, including titles from newly acquired studios like Obsidian and inXile”.
Spencer also announced that Microsoft and Xbox are working with over 75 developers and publishers to bring PC content to Xbox Game Pass. They will also ensure the library remains curated and “full of great PC titles across a variety of genres, with new games added every month.”
PC players who purchase the Xbox Game Pass will also receive discounts in the Microsoft Store on Windows. This discount can be up to “20% on games currently in the library and up to 10% off related game DLC and add-ons”.
Spencer also announced that Microsoft and Xbox will “continue to add to the more than 20 Xbox Game Studios titles on Steam, starting with Gears 5 and all Age of Empires I, II & III: Definitive Editions.”
He also shed light on how PC players will be able to buy games from clients like Steam.
“We know millions of PC gamers trust Steam as a great source to buy PC games and we’ve heard the feedback that PC gamers would like choice. We also know that there are other stores on PC, and we are working to enable more choice in which store you can find our Xbox Game Studios titles in the future.”
Of course, PC players will still be able to take advantage of the Xbox Game Bar in Windows 10. Spencer added, “Xbox Game Studios titles [will] include features such as voice and text chat, LFG, friends lists and cross-play across PC and console.
On Windows 10 you’ll find this functionality in the Xbox Game Bar, which we’ll continue to evolve and expand.”
Microsoft and Xbox will also be enabling “full support for native Win32 games to the Microsoft Store on Windows.” This is something developers and gamers both will be able to take advantage of.
Of course, all of this is very exciting for PC players. Xbox Game Pass was something that was only limited to consoles but it is great news that PC players will now also be able to take advantage of it.
Spencer also says that everyone can look forward to Microsoft’s annual Xbox E3 2019 Briefing on Sunday, June 9, “including the amazing lineup of new games and offers coming to PC players.”