If you have questions about the new Xbox Game Pass service, we're here to help.

Microsoft's latest treat for Xbox gamers is Game Pass, a subscription-based service that will open up a whole new library of games. It's due to launch to everyone on June 1, 2017, though if you meet certain criteria you can trial it right now.

In the alpha and beta testing stage it was a pretty solid service, and this is going to potentially be a game changer for Xbox.

Updated May 24, 2017 with details now the service is official and has a launch date.

What is Xbox Game Pass?

Game Pass is a subscription service that will give 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 will cost $9.99 a month.

Will it replace Xbox Live Games with Gold?

No. Game Pass is a completely separate service than Games with Gold and will operate alongside it.

How do I get Xbox Game Pass?

Starting May 24 2017, Xbox Live Gold subscribers can get early access and begin a 14-day trial of the service. From June 1, Game Pass will be open to everyone with an Xbox Live account. You can sign up on the console or on the web.

How many games will there be?

At launch there are over 100 games covering both Xbox One and Xbox 360 backwards compatible games in the catalog with more to come in the future. Every month Microsoft says more games will go into the Game Pass catalog.

The complete list of Xbox Game Pass titles

Do I need to an Xbox Live Gold subscription?

No, however, Gold subscribers get to experience Game Pass first before it launches fully on June 1.

Will Xbox Play Anywhere games be included?

At this time, Microsoft hasn't mentioned any. It's possible that some of the Play Anywhere games will be included, but there's no word yet on if you would be able to play those on Windows 10 as part of your Game Pass subscription.

Will backwards-compatible Xbox 360 titles be included in Game Pass?

Absolutely! The initial catalog has a good selection.

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).

Will it be available on Windows 10?

At the moment, no. An early mention of Windows 10 was subsequently removed by Microsoft.

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 the games.


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.

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