Microsoft on Tuesday announced Game Pass, a new subscription service that’ll grant subscribers access to more than 100 downloadable copies of Xbox One and backward compatible Xbox 360 games for less than 10 bucks a month.
In announcing Game Pass, Microsoft’s head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, said the collection will include games from the industry’s top publishers including 2K, 505 Games, Bandi Namco Entertainment, Capcom, Codemasters, Deep Silver, Focus Home Interactive, Sega, SNK, THQ Nordic, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Microsoft Studios.
Specific games mentioned include Halo 5: Guardians, Payday 2, NBA 2K16 and SoulCalibur II.
Spencer says new games will cycle into the subscription each month with some cycling out, thus giving players a constantly-updating library to play from. What’s more, all games that make an appearance on Game Pass will be available for members to purchase at a discount should you want to add them to your permanent library.
Unlike cloud-based game streaming, Game Pass offers subscribers access to full game downloads which eliminates potential bandwidth and connectivity issues.
Xbox Game Pass is entering the Alpha Preview ring today for select members of the Xbox Insider Program before a full rollout later this spring. Pricing will be set at $9.99 per month, a reasonable rate if we are to assume that top-tier games will populate the library each month.