Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Perks gives you in-game items, more Xbox Game Pass additions revealed

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft revealed a new perks system for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate today.
  • Players get free in-game items for titles like Sea of Thieves and Smite.
  • More games like Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown are also joining Xbox Game Pass.
  • Games like Borderlands: The Handsome Collection and more are leaving the service.

Today, Microsoft announced the next round of games coming to Xbox Game Pass on Xbox One and PC. While there were plenty of surprises, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Perks was the biggest one. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Perks is a new exclusive member benefit starting March 18 that provides even more value for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members.

You can take a look at the benefits below.

Phantasy Star Online 2

Enter the world of one of Japan's biggest online role-playing games with a special content bundle, which includes unique emotes, in-game cosmetics including an Xbox jacket, a gold ticket Mission Pass and in-game currency with a Meseta Crystal.

World of Tanks: Mercenaries:

Start your journey with three powerful tanks and more items.

Sea of Thieves

With Perks, you get a free Ori-inspired Ancestral Sails, Figurehead, Hull, and Flag to adorn your ship.


You get a bundle that unlocks five Gods, special character skins and voice packs so you can ride into the battle of the Gods in style.

More perks will be announced in the future. Until then, you can take a look at the games coming to Xbox Game Pass on Xbox One and PC soon.

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

Aerial combat has never looked or felt better than this. Soar through photorealistic skies with full 360-degree movement.

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown is coming to Xbox Game Pass for Xbox One on March 19.


A comedy game set in Shakespeare's London, play as 'Doctor' Simon Forman and treat his patients using astrology and win him a medical license. Explore Simon's life, relationships, and his work. Make story choices strategically or just for fun – but be warned your choices will have consequences in this story-driven adventure game based on a truly ridiculous story.

Astrologaster is coming to Xbox Game Pass for PC.

Bleeding Edge

Grab your team and tear it up in Bleeding Edge, an electrifying online brawler where every fighter comes mechanically enhanced for mayhem! Choose your fighter from a diverse cast of colorful characters from the edges of society.

Bleeding Edge is coming to Xbox Game Pass for Xbox One and PC on March 24.


A strange blizzard ravages Atamipek Lake. Step into the shoes of a private detective to investigate surreal events in an eerie village while battling the elements to survive.

Kona is coming to Xbox Game Pass for Xbox One on March 19.

Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid

Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid pits current and classic rangers and villains in three vs. three tag battles. Test your skills online against friends and players from around the world for endless replayability.

Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid is coming to Xbox Game Pass for Xbox One and PC. It hits Xbox One on March 26.

The Surge 2

On the way to Jericho City, your plane is shot down by a mysterious storm and crash-lands in the outskirts. You wake up weeks later in a derelict detention facility inside the city. Robots are on a rampage and a dark, expanding nanostorm looms over the cityscape.

The Surge 2 is coming to Xbox Game Pass for Xbox One and PC. It hits Xbox One on March 19.

Unfortunately, it's not all good news. Many games are also leaving Xbox Game Pass according to Microsoft. You can take a look at them below.

Xbox Game Pass on Xbox One

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
  • Cities: Skylines
  • The Golf Club 2
  • Lego Worlds
  • Operencia: The Stolen Sun
  • Vampyr

Xbox Game Pass for PC

  • Battle Chef Brigade
  • Cities: Skylines
  • Kingsway
  • Operencia: The Stolen Sun
  • Orwell: Keeping an Eye on You
  • Vampyr

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, Cities: Skylines, and Vampyr will be missed the most because they're great experiences. Be sure to check them out and buy them with your Xbox Game Pass discount if you want to play them in a few weeks.

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  • Damn, I actually started just enjoying Cities: Skylines. Kind of wanted to get it finished. Since it's not Play Anywhere, not going to buy it twice.
  • Knew this was coming. Exclusives content for subscribers.
    Reminds me of their whole Office 2019 vs Office 365 ad campaign.
    Add more stuff on one to make the other look bad. So buying some games on XB consoles means you'll get an inferior version of the game. This was something I was predicting few years back. And for me, things like this just confirm MS's priority for these renting service. I think in the coming years it'll get worse. From giving a priority for digital over physical purchase to an 100% renting service where MS. On a side note; like often this is presented as something positive. Something that says "perks" or "All Digital". Or "comes in with amazing AI-powered capabilities" when it comes to Office 365. Or in the past, how keeping Netflix behind the XBL gold pay wall was sold as a positive...
    It's all marketing...
  • How is this different than what currently happens with current games when a deal is reached on exclusivity of content on a certain system? Didn't the Playstation get last year specific content that the Xbox will never get (I forget the game, sorry)? Doesn't this happen all the time with pre-orders? I said it before, and I still think all of this hurts gamers only. No one should miss out on content because they choose to play on the PS vs the Xbox or because they buy the game vs renting from a service.
  • Yeah, Playstation had multiple exclusive dlc's for a variety of games, and it wasn't just cosmetics like this is, but actual game missions that. Destiny and the Assassin's Creed games were some of the titles that PlayStation got console specific missions.
  • Oh no, if you are on GP Ultimate you get content for F2P games, or cosmetics for other games, oh the horror.
  • I had been meaning to try Vampyr but didn't get around to it, on the plus side I can trade in my copy of The Surge 2.