Microsoft's Game Pass is a subscription-based service that opens up a whole library of games. It launched in mid-2017 and is available to anyone, regardless of being a Gold subscriber or not.
Microsoft is pushing Game Pass hard through 2018 and it's going to be a very important service for Xbox going forward. Here's everything you need to know.
What is Xbox Game Pass?
Game Pass is a subscription service that gives Xbox One gamers access to a library of games to download and play for as long as they continue to pay for the service. A similar example would be EA Access, except Game Pass won't be exclusive to one publisher.
How much does it cost?
Xbox Game Pass costs $9.99 a month. In some locations, such as the UK, you can now buy a six-month subscription code.
Everyone can get a free 14-day trial before paying.
Does it replace Xbox Live Games with Gold?
No. Game Pass is a completely separate service to Games with Gold and operates alongside it. If you want to enjoy multiplayer games, however, you will still need to have a Gold subscription in order to do that.
How do I get Xbox Game Pass?
You can sign up on the console or on the web.
Once you're subscribed, you can manage your subscription from the console, too. On the latest versions of the OS, Game Pass has its own tab inside "my games and apps" and games can be installed directly from here without needing to go to the store.
How many games are there?
At launch, there were over 100 games covering both Xbox One and Xbox 360 backward compatible games in the catalog. Every month, new games are added, and it now even stretches to original Xbox backward compatible titles like Fuzion Frenzy.
Additionally, every new Microsoft first-party title will be added into Game Pass at launch, starting with Sea of Thieves.
Do I need to an Xbox Live Gold subscription?
No, Xbox Game Pass is a completely separate subscription program.
Are Xbox Play Anywhere games be included?
Absolutely. With an Xbox Game Pass subscription, PC gamers are able to play Xbox Play Anywhere titles such as Sea of Thieves, Halo Wars: Definitive Edition and Gears of War 4 without a purchase if they have a Game Pass subscription.
Future first-party titles that are also Play Anywhere will also be included in the same way.
Are backward compatible Xbox 360 titles included in Game Pass?
The catalog has a good selection and it now goes even further, including original Xbox games, too.
Will I get a discount to buy the games if I like them?
Yep. Game Pass subscribers will get an exclusive discount to buy the games and related downloadable content (DLC).
Is it be available on Windows 10?
At the moment, no. Play Anywhere titles can be played on PC as part of Game Pass, but at this time it doesn't include anything else.
Will I be able to play if I stop my subscription?
Games are available to play, in full, for as long as you're a paying subscriber. If you cancel your subscription, you lose access to said games.
Where can I get Xbox Game Pass?
The full list of countries currently reads as such:
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Rep, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, UK, US.
This hopefully answers some of the questions you have about Xbox Game Pass, and we'll keep this post updated as more information becomes available. If you have a question that hasn't been answered drop it into the comments below, and we'll do our best to provide an answer.
Updated Macrh 26, 2018: Updated with the latest information on Xbox Game Pass including an up to date list of supported countries.
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