Microsoft is firing back at Sony’s Playstation Now service with their own subscription service – The Xbox Game Pass. The service is giving Xbox One owners access to over 100 Xbox 360 and Xbox One games at its launch.
The company is partnering with popular publishers such as 2K, Codemasters, SEGA, BANDAI NAMCO, Capcom, Deep Silver, Focus Home Interactive, Warner Brothers Interactive and many others to provide gamers with a wide selection of games that will include in the Xbox Game Pass.
Some launch titles for the Xbox Game Pass include Halo 5: Guardians, NBA 2K16, Payday 2, and SoulCalibur II. According to Microsoft, available games will rotate in and out of the service each month to keep the library fresh.
Moreover, subscribers will also receive a special discount to all games and DLC within the service, giving players the option to buy a game permanently even if the game leaves the service at a later date.
What sets the service apart from Sony’s own subscription service is that the Xbox Game Pass service downloads the games that it offers straight to the console before playing, just as if buying said game, instead of streaming the content over the internet a la PlayStation Now.
However, the service is highly similar to the Xbox One’s extremely popular EA Access program from Electronic Arts; the Xbox Game Pass service covering a wide variety of publishers’ games instead of just one being the key difference.
For now, Microsoft is limiting the service to members of their Xbox Insider Program’s Alpha Preview ring. This test launch will contain a small number of games for insiders to try out and provide feedback on.
The Xbox Game Pass will cost Xbox One owners $10 a month to get access to its library of games. Microsoft has announced Spring 2017 as the release date for the new service; we can expect the list of games available and other details as we get closer to the launch.