Microsoft has announced that the Xbox Game Pass will launch on June 1st. Everybody will be able to enjoy a free 14 day trial and it will launch with over 100 games. The launch titles have yet to be confirmed.
It’s now been confirmed that the Xbox Game Pass will set you back $10.95 AUD per month. This isn’t too bad providing that the lineup is actually decent. It’s not too different from Netflix’s pricing except for the obvious fact that Netflix has exclusives that are more than worth the cost of admission.
For those that don’t know, Xbox Game Pass is a little different to other gaming subscription services as you’re downloading the game in full and not streaming as you go.
We’ve put some of Microsoft’s FAQs below.
What is Xbox Game Pass and how does it work?
At Xbox, we believe in offering new ways to give you the best value to play a collection of the greatest games. For one low monthly price, Xbox Game Pass gives you unlimited access to over 100 great games – including popular backward compatible Xbox 360 and blockbuster Xbox One titles. Xbox Game Pass will add games to (and sometimes remove games from) its catalog every month, which means you can always find something new and exciting to play. Download and experience games in their full fidelity from top industry publishers and play offline for up to 30 days. Xbox Game Pass is truly your ticket to endless play.
Do you need to have an Xbox Live Gold membership to access Xbox Game Pass?
No, you do not need to have an Xbox Live Gold membership to access Xbox Game Pass. As with all Xbox Live titles, you will need an Xbox Live Gold membership to play multiplayer in Xbox Game Pass titles.
What games will be available on Xbox Game Pass when it launches?
We’re working closely with top industry publishing partners to bring a robust list of titles at launch. We expect to have over 100 games from the most popular genres including action, adventure, shooters, puzzlers, strategy, RPG, and more with new titles added each month.
Are games for Xbox Game Pass streamed directly or will they be downloaded to my Xbox One?
Based on fan feedback, streaming/connectivity issues were identified as a major pain point for competing game subscription services. That’s why games on Xbox Game Pass will be downloaded to your Xbox One, providing fans with a native, full-fidelity gaming experience and the ability to play downloaded games offline for up to 30 days.