Xbox's Game Pass now lets you play brand-new Microsoft published games

Posted January 25, 2018

Xbox Game Pass allows subscribers to download and play any included game for as long as they want, but will lose access once a subscription isn't renewed. Yeah, but think bigger and broader; Microsoft also confirmed that the next games in its flagship Halo, Forza, and Gears of War franchises will be available day one on the subscription service.

The Xbox One's lack of killer apps compared to the PS4 has often been a point of criticism, and it's likely this is a measure to make the system more appealing to those who are on the fence. Now you can only sign up to Game Pass on a monthly basis, so soon, you should expect to see a six month option begin popping up. Why would someone buy an Xbox One when the games were available on PC? Big names like Forza, Halo, and Gears of War also be available on day one when future games come out. Spencer declined to discuss the financial impact of switching from pricier, one-time purchases of Xbox games to a smaller monthly fee, except to say he's "comfortable with the economics".

Phil Spencer commented: "We've only scratched the surface of the opportunity this new model brings to the industry and what we can deliver to our fans".

Beginning on March 20, Microsoft will begin offering 6-month Game Pass subscription cards through various retail partners (GameStop was mentioned specifically) for $59.99. Microsoft believes that Xbox Game Pass is the flawless catalyst through which developers and publishers can reinvent the way games are created and distributed, thus creating new ways to play and experience the game.

Mohapatra said whatever content that users played on previous generations of "Xbox One" and "Xbox One S" can be played on "Xbox One X". The difference is mostly in functionality - conceptually, Game Pass is very similar to services like Netflix and Hulu. "It would mean you wouldn't have to deliver the whole game in one month; you could develop and deliver the game as it goes".