Phil Spencer announces Xbox Game Pass coming to Japan on April 14 in special message

Phil Spencer Home Office
Phil Spencer Home Office (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • Xbox Game Pass is Microsoft's subscription service for games on Xbox and Windows 10 PC.
  • The service hasn't been available in Japan.
  • Phil Spencer recorded a special message today to confirmed Game Pass is coming to Japan on April 14.

While Xbox Game Pass is a major selling point for the Xbox brand as a whole, it hasn't been available in some countries, including Japan. That is changing soon, as Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, recorded a special announcement video in his home office to share that Xbox Game Pass is coming to Japan on April 14. You can watch the video that Phil Spencer recorded below.

Given how Phil Spencer and others at Xbox are now working at home due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this is certainly a nice way to make the announcement. The subscription service will be available (opens in new tab) on a monthly basis for ¥ 1,100 for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, ¥ 850 for Xbox Game Pass (console) or ¥ 425 for Xbox Game Pass for PC.

Xbox Game Pass includes over 400 games, with a curated selection of titles on Xbox One and PC. Players in Japan will have access to the same lineup available elsewhere, including The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Sea of Thieves, Gears 5 and more. Xbox Game Pass also includes all new Xbox Game Studios titles, such as the upcoming Gears Tactics, Grounded and Halo Infinite.

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Samuel Tolbert is a freelance writer covering gaming news, previews, reviews, interviews and different aspects of the gaming industry, specifically focusing on Xbox and PC gaming on Windows Central. You can find him on Twitter @SamuelTolbert.

3 Comments
  • Wish we had those prices in America. Great deal. But anything to get a foothold in Japan.
  • Japan has been a tough market for MS, hopefully this will help them break in to it.
  • VPN for the win!
    #bars