Xbox Game Pass is now available for Xbox Insiders on Ring 3

Xbox Game Pass
Xbox Game Pass

Microsoft has expanded the availability of its 'Xbox Game Pass' pre-release test to a wider range of Xbox Insiders today, providing access to a library of Xbox One and Xbox 360 titles. This is ahead of the public launch of the subscription-based game distribution service, planned for later this spring.

For those enrolled in Ring 3, the Xbox Game Pass Alpha Preview Test Catalog is now available on your Xbox One console. This will provide unlimited access to 28 titles – only a fraction of the 100+ games promised for the public release. For those eligible for Xbox Game Pass Preview, the catalog can now be accessed via the following steps.

  1. Open up the Xbox Insider Hub application.
  2. Navigate to Insider content.
  3. Select Xbox Game Pass Preview.
  4. Follow the on-screen steps to enroll in the trial service.

Those on Alpha and Beta Preview rings can still access this collection, until the trial period expires on April 28, 2017. We can only assume that Preview Ring 4 will also be gaining access over the coming fortnight before the trial concludes.

For those outside of the Xbox Insider program, an official rollout will occur later this spring for all Xbox One users. Priced at $9.99 per month, subscribers will gain access to constantly growing library of Xbox One and Xbox 360 titles for the duration of their subscription. Check the links below for more information on Xbox Game Pass.

Matt Brown

Matt Brown was formerly a Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.

  • Will be checking this out for sure... Still sitting on the fence for subscription gaming 🙂
  • I already own all the games. :( But still downloading it! :D
  • Xbox PC games will be included as well?
  • Unlikely at launch at least. The value won't be there for games from the Windows Store, and it'll be a while before we see any of the PA titles in there.
  • So eager for them to add a few more titles. I can heartily recommend Defence Grid 2. Solid title.
  • I'm guessing there will be a major addition of titles right about at the public launch. I'm eager to see what they put in it.
  • These are games I've got with gold. I won't put it past them to remove games for gold and you have to pay extra for this.
  • I don't think they will ditch gold. Be aware that, new Live members won't have got some titles on Gold, so quite good that they include some.
  • 2 Seperate services. The reason why there are so many GwG titles is because this is just a testing phase. MS pretty much has to minimise any profit loss that can occur if hiccups happen during the test. Keep it cheap for everyone incase of full disaster.
  • I would really like to enroll in the Xbox insiders preview program, I wish they would open up enrollment again D:
  • Download the insider app. It enrolls you and you will eventually get in. Lots of waiting though to get through the ranks. Feel like I'm stuck in ring 4.
  • I thought the only way to enroll was if a friend who already is an insider sends me an invite. No? I'll try your way as soon as I get home, thanks :)
  • This change took place in January I think. Took me about a month before I was accepted in...just check the app weekly to see if there are surveys etc. Best bet to get in.