Back in March it was announced that Microsoft was going to have its own video game subscription service, much like Sony and EA. At the beginning of the month, access to the service began and Microsoft wasted no time to promote the service during E3 this week. The company is promising the addition of at least five new games a month coming to the service.
“So on the first of every month, you’re going to see at least five new games enter the Game Pass catalogue — every single month,” said Xbox Game Pass senior product manager Dennis Ceccarelli during yesterday’s Xbox stream from E3. “Again, we’re really trying to give a great mix of games across different ratings, different experiences, different genres, so no matter who you are, if you’re a Game Pass member, every single month there’s something new for you to play.”
One of the biggest perks is that unlike Sony, you do not have to have an awesome internet connection to play the games. Microsoft will allow you to download them and play them offline. It is similar to their Games with Gold program that downloads the games for free but lock when your subscription expires. Of course, like Netflix, how long will the games be on the service?
“We see a lot of questions and a lot of assumptions about, ‘When are these games going to leave the catalog?’” he said. “While there’s not one set amount of time that a game will be in the catalogue, and some titles will leave the catalogue eventually, I want to put some fears at rest because our first games won’t be leaving the catalogue until late November.
“In reality, the vast majority of our games are going to be in there much, much longer than that so you’ve got plenty of time to play through the great experiences that are in Game Pass, engage with DLC, just really enjoy that content — it’s not leaving tomorrow.”
Much like Netflix, Microsoft does not own many of the games they will be licensing so it will be par for the course. The service, which is available now, will run you $9.99 a month and will give you some discounts. Any Xbox One game that is on the service will get you’re a 20% discount while DLC for games in the service will net you 10% discount.