Xbox Game Pass officially launches June 1; early access kicks off today

After months of testing with Xbox Insiders, Microsoft has announced (opens in new tab) that Xbox Game Pass will officially launch to everyone on June 1. Ahead of that, however, Xbox Live Gold subscribers will get early access starting today, May 24.

Xbox Game Pass is a sort of Netflix-style subscription approach to gaming, offering access to more than 100 (at launch) Xbox One and backward compatible Xbox 360 games for $10 per month. Unlike Netflix, however, you won't have to stream the games, potentially losing some visual fidelity along the way. Instead, you can download titles like Halo 5: Guardians, Payday 2, Mad Max, and NBA 2K16 right to your console.

Every month, Game Pass will add more games to its catalog. It's also possible we might see some cycled out of the program depending on licensing.

In any case, if you're an Xbox Live Gold subscriber, you should be able to check out Game Pass early with a 14-day free trial starting now. Everyone else can check out the service starting June 1, with subscription sign-ups being available at Microsoft's Game Pass website (opens in new tab).

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  • I'm happy to see this and am supportive of the initiative. I would like to sign up, BUT I don't care for any of these games. The ones I do like I already have. It would be a waste of money for me to sign up with the current catalog. I will be wathcing intently to see what games they add in the future, though.
  • I love the idea, but the pricing needs work. I understand it is competitive with the likes of Netflix but with tv and film streaming services you can watch dozens upon dozens of movies or shows in a single month, you can't really say the same for gaming.
  • 14 day free trial to download any of the games?  nice
  • My only fear for playing games that way is if a game gets removed before i finished playing it. What happens if the game is downloaded then they remove it? Can you still play it since its downloaded? Also i assume if your hard drive fails after they remove it then your s.o.l as well.