Microsoft Announces Xbox Game Pass

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Microsoft is rolling out a brand new service for Xbox One called the Xbox Game Pass featuring a library of 100 games available monthly for $9.99/month.

Phil Spencer took to the Xbox Newswire to break the news of a brand new service called the Xbox Game Pass:

“Today, we’re continuing our commitment to give you more options to diversify and expand your library of games with Xbox Game Pass, a new gaming subscription service coming later this spring. Xbox Game Pass gives you unlimited access to over 100 Xbox One and backward compatible Xbox 360 games – all for $9.99 per month.”

He continued to talk about how the games will not be streamed, but instead downloaded and talked about discounts for the games you want to buy from this library:

“One of the best things about Xbox Game Pass is that you can discover and download the full titles directly on your Xbox One. That means continuous, full-fidelity gameplay without having to worry about streaming, bandwidth or connectivity issues. In addition, all Xbox One games in the catalog – and related add-ons – will be available to purchase at an exclusive discount for Xbox Game Pass members, so you can make the games you love part of your permanent library to play whenever you want. Every month new games will cycle into the subscription with some cycling out, giving you a constantly-updating library of games. Xbox Game Pass is your ticket to endless play.”

Finally, Phil talked about rolling this service out in beta form before launch:

“It’s important to us that Xbox Game Pass provides an enjoyable and seamless experience. Before the program rolls out to the broader community later this spring, we’ll be testing Xbox Game Pass with select members of the Xbox Insider Program in the Alpha Preview ring starting today with a very limited number of titles. The titles that are available in Preview are just a small glimpse at the expansive catalog of games that will be available when Xbox Game Pass launches this spring. Xbox Live Gold members will also be receiving exclusive access to Xbox Game Pass prior to the program launching to the broader community. We’ll have more details on timing closer to launch.”

This is an interesting service for Xbox. It’s something that rivals PlayStation now, albeit a bit better. I am concerned that gamers aren’t going to want to shell out yet another monthly fee though. At what point does it become too much?

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