What you need to know
- Xbox Game Pass is a subscription service that offers access to a huge library of games on Xbox, PC, and mobile devices.
- Xbox has just revealed which games are going to be added to the service (and removed from it) in the first half of May.
- The big titles coming to the service are Red Dead Online, Final Fantasy X/X-2, and FIFA 21, while Psychonauts is a dark horse addition.
Who is surprised to see it's May already? Microsoft just revealed which games would be coming to the Xbox Game Pass roster in May 2021, and there are several heavy hitters being added this month. One of the biggest is Red Dead Online, though Final Fantasy X and X-2 are classics. The addition of Psychonauts is likely to introduce the game to new players before its long-in-development-hell sequel, Psychonauts 2, releases on Xbox sometime later this year.
Xbox is building on its recent Game Pass successes, including the additions of Outriders and MLB The Show 21 at launch. The additions for the latter half of April weren't quite as exciting, except for the reintroduction of Grand Theft Auto V. The list of offerings for Xbox Cloud Gaming continues to expand, while gamers on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One and PC are all getting access to this slate of games. In case that wasn't enough, Microsoft also revealed that Game Pass Ultimate subscribers would now have access to 4 months of Spotify Premium for free.
Dragon Quest Builders 2 (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC) - May 4
FIFA 21(Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC) via EA Play – May 6
Outlast 2 (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, and Xbox Cloud Gaming) - May 6
Steep (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC) - May 6
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC) - May 13
Just Cause 4: Reloaded (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, and Xbox Cloud Gaming) - May 13
Psychonauts (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, and Xbox Cloud Gaming) - May 13
Red Dead Online (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC) - May 13
Be sure to check out these games before they leave the service in the middle of the month:
- Alan Wake (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC)
- Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 (PC)
- Dungeon of the Endless (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming)
- Final Fantasy IX (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC)
- Hotline Miami (PC)
- Plebby Quest: The Crusades (PC)
The treasure trove
More games than you can ever play, for one subscription price.
Xbox Game Pass continues to accrue excellent games. Pound for pound, it's one of the most valuable subscriptions you can buy. A single monthly price not only gets a huge library of games, but the ability to play them on PC, Xbox consoles, and even Android phones via Xbox Cloud Gaming.
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