Microsoft announced on Wednesday that its new game subscription service will be available on this June 1st for Xbox One owners.
Xbox Game Pass will only be available on Xbox One or Xbox One S consoles. First announced back in February, it was rolled out first to the Xbox Insider Program members. The subscription will allow you to gain access to over 100 Xbox One and backward compatible Xbox 360 games if you pay $9.99 for it per month, or $199.99 per year.
This digital gaming subscription service will be open to the public on June 1, and a 14-day free trial will be available for anyone with an Xbox Live account. Yet, if you are a member of Xbox Live Gold, you are able to get exclusive early access to Xbox Game Pass and can start their 14-day free trial right now. Besides, you will need an Xbox Live Gold membership to play multiplayer in Xbox Game Pass titles.
The subscription will be open to purchase online at xbox.com/game-pass, while a retail offering is expected to be available later this year. The titles and number of games included in the subscription may vary over time, and may vary by country.
This new service is kind of similar to PlayStation Now, a subscription model Sony introduced in January 2014 for PlayStation titles. What’s different is that it requires downloading games to Xbox One console, and subscribers can play the games offline on Xbox One, without worrying about streaming, bandwidth or connectivity issues.
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The company promises that Xbox Game Pass will add a new set of games to the catalog of titles each month to ensure the diversity of gaming genres, content and experience. And there is no limit as to how many games subscribers can download to their accounts. The currently available games in the list include popular backward compatible Xbox 360 and blockbuster Xbox One titles. If you would like to own a game in the catalog instead of playing it in an active subscription, you will be able to save 20% off the price of the base game with your Xbox Game Pass membership.
If you decide to end the subscription, your game saves, progress and additional content will remain associated with your Xbox account, but you will not be able to access additional content unless/until you purchase the game or insert a game disc.
It is an excellent value for those who want to play a collection of games without buying them individually, considering the price of $9.99 a month / $199.99 a year.
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