Microsoft Announces Xbox Game Pass Subscription Service

By Mike Sousa on March 2, 2017, 1:45PM EDT

Microsoft announced a new gaming subscription service called Xbox Game Pass. The Xbox Game Pass service will grant players unlimited access to over 100 Xbox One and backward compatible Xbox 360 games.

According to Head of Xbox Phil Spencer, the service will feature games from top industry publishers such as 2K, 505 Games, Bandai Namco Entertainment, Capcom, Codemasters, Deep Silver, Focus Home Interactive, SEGA, SNK CORPORATION, THQ Nordic GmbH, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Microsoft Studios. Some of the titles that will be available when the service launches include Halo 5: Guardians, Payday 2, NBA 2K16 and SoulCalibur II.

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. Every month new games will cycle into the subscription with some cycling out, giving you a constantly-updating library of games.

In addition, Xbox Game Pass subscribers will receive discounts when purchasing games or add-ons for games currently in the Xbox Game Pass catalog. Subscribers will get a 20% discount on the base game and a 10% discount on all related add-on.

An Xbox Live Gold membership is not required to get access to Xbox Game Pass. However, players will still need an Xbox Live Gold subscription to play in multiplayer in Xbox Game Pass titles.

Should you cancel subscription, any games downloaded through the service will no longer be available. All progress and achievements you earn a Xbox Game Pass game will carry over to the game should you purchase it.

The service will roll out sometime this Spring and will be available for $9.99 per month.

Source: Xbox Wire

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