Xbox Game Pass for PC is a budding subscription service offering access to all of Microsoft's home-grown Xbox Game Studios titles, alongside dozens of other high-quality PC titles from AAA bangers to indie hits. Games like Alien Isolation, The Long Dark, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, The Outer Worlds, and various other great games are available on the service, which starts at $1 per month for newcomers. (opens in new tab)
Still, many people aren't aware that Xbox Game Pass for PC even exists, given that the name "Xbox" immediately is something I'd say most people associate with console gaming. Microsoft is apparently trying to change that, with this new ad featuring popular streamer Shroud, hang gliding, while feeding a beaver, complete with a PC gaming rig in tow. Well, kind of.
Xbox Game Pass for PC is arguably the sole reason the Microsoft Store has begun to pick up some decent games in recent years. Microsoft began allowing developers to upload games based on Win32 architecture, ditching UWP requirements a little while ago. As a result, it has finally started to become a respectable place to buy PC games, complete with its Xbox (beta) app (opens in new tab) for Windows, which lets you bypass all the
crap mobile games in the main Microsoft Store.
Are you an Xbox Game Pass subscriber? Let us know in the comments.
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Microsoft's Netflix-style subscription service extends to PC, serving varied titles for a monthly fee. From hit franchises to experimental indies, Xbox Game Pass has value for all.
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Game Pass PC is great. It's a steal in terms of what you pay and get. But they still make a difference, and is treated by MS like a second class program. RDR2 for console and not PC is a proof of this. Monster Hunter World, back then too, and a sizeable etc. We all know about deals and how things work, but artificial barriers like these are made more evident when comparing two parallel services of the same company. Microsoft is all about breaking barriers. Let's hope they can begin breaking down artificial barriers that keep their console users so far from their PC users. Hope they let them.
It's because Microsoft never mandated that Games be Play Anywhere; that opened the door for devs to treat the same game like two different products between Xbox and PC. I was hoping this would change with The Series X, but alas, they've opted to keep allowing devs to charge twice for the same game. They're terrified of alienating developers by putting any kind of requirement or constraint on them.
I've been a subscriber from day 1 to Game Pass for PC as I've given up on console due to my frustration at the framerates and lack of g-sync/freesync support without me having to buy a new telly. I love how many games I've now tried which I would have otherwise skipped due to this service. Its really fantastic value for money and I am looking forward to Gears Tactics tomorrow :)
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