What you need to know

  • Xbox Game Pass is a monthly subscritpion service which gives you access to over 200 games.
  • Even more games were announced for Xbox Game Pass on consoles and PC today.
  • Dead Rising 4 and Middle-earth: Shadow of War higlight the lineup.
  • You can purchase Xbox Game Pass Ultimate through the Microsoft Store for $1.

A few days ago, Microsoft announced that a number of ID@Xbox games were coming to Xbox Game Pass in July. While we knew about My Time in Portia, Timespinner, Unavowed, and Undertale, we didn't know which "AAA" experiences would be joining the service soon. Luckily, that changed this morning.

My Time in Portia is coming to Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass for PC, while Timespinner, Unavowed, and Undertale are exclusive to Xbox Game Pass for PC. My Time in Portia should join the service on July 4, while the rest should be added on July 11.

Aside from these games, Blazing Chrome, Dead Rising 4, Lego City Undercover, and Middle-earth: Shadow of War will join Xbox Game Pass in the coming soon. Middle-earth: Shadow of War launches on July 4, but the rest will be added on July 11. More games are expected to be added later this month, so this isn't everything you should expect.

Blazing Chrome

Blazing Chrome is an upcoming shooter which has garnered a lot of interest over the past few months. Machines rule the world and the few humans left are on the edge of total extermination, lacking power, prestige, or status among their metal overlords. Just like Contra, you have to run 'n' gun to free the humankind.

Blazing Chrome should join Xbox Game Pass on consoles and PC on July 11.

Dead Rising 4

Dead Rising 4 is a great post-apocalyptic zombie game which plays out like a campy movie. You step into the shoes of photojournalist Frank again and have to escape the city before it's too late. Unfortunately, there are tens of thousands of zombies blocking your way.

Dead Rising 4 should join Xbox Game Pass on consoles and PC on July 11.

Lego City Undercover

Lego City Undercover is quite possibly one of the best Lego games available on Xbox One. It features phenomenal voice acting and the story is a lot of fun. After being sent away, you return to the city where you were once a police officer. Your archnemesis is on the loose and it's up to you to save yourself and your girlfriend.

Lego City Undercover should join Xbox Game Pass on consoles on July 11. It won't be available on PC.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Middle-earth: Shadow of War is the next chapter in the acclaimed franchise. While the game suffered from some missteps when it launched, the removal of pay-to-win mechanics has made it a stellar title. It also looks great on Xbox One X and was a showcase title for the console.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War should join Xbox Game Pass on consoles and PC on July 4.

It's great to see that a lot of intriguing titles are joining Xbox Game Pass soon. Hopefully, more "AAA" games will be available later in July and the coming months. There's a promotion going on through the Microsoft Store which lets you upgrade to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate – which includes Xbox Game Pass, Xbox Game Pass for PC, and Xbox Live Gold – for $1. Amazon is also selling a three-month subscription for $20.

Best of the best

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold in one

Xbox Game Pass gives you access to over a hundred games for one monthly fee. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate also adds Xbox Live Gold to the package so you can play online with your friends. You can either get a one-month trial for $1 from the Microsoft Store or a three-month subscription for $20 through Amazon.

Xbox accessories you'll love

Every one of these quality accessories is guaranteed to enhance your Xbox experience.

PowerA Enhanced Wired Controller for Xbox One ($20 at Amazon)

PowerA's take on the Xbox One controller is an attractive pickup for budget-conscious gamers that nails all the basics.

Talon PDP Xbox media remote ($20 at Amazon)

The Talon PDP Xbox media remote is great for watching shows on your console.

Xbox One S vertical stand ($10 at Amazon)

Stand your console upright with this accessory.

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