It’s unprecedented, but obviously welcome, that Microsoft would offer an additional free item for Xbox Gold subscribers.
If this service sounds like something you’d be interested in, Microsoft plans to launch it on June 1. For $10 a month, you’ll get access to roughly 100 games across a variety of genres, from Farming Simulator 15 to Halo.
That platform (also completely separate from Sony’s premium PlayStation Plus subscription service) only consists of games that were released on the PS3.
The full list of games you’ll have access to can be seen here. However, any progress and achievements will remain with the account that played them.
So far, confirmed launch games include Halo 5: Guardians, Payday 2, National Basketball Association 2K16 and Soul Calibur II, but the service will also feature both current and backwards compatible games from the Xbox 360.
With more games being added every month, it certainly seems like you won’t ever run out of games to play, even if they are from the back catalog on the Xbox. It’s at least worth checking out, and Microsoft recently stated that more games are coming soon to the service.
In addition to four new games, Microsoft has also announced a special bonus for Xbox One owners.
“One of the best things about Xbox Game Pass is that you can discover and download the full titles directly on your Xbox One”.
Another differentiating factor between Game Pass and PS Now is cost. Both games will be enough to keep you excited through the entire month.
If your subscription expires or is cancelled, any games downloaded through Xbox Game Pass will no longer be available. Regardless of your thoughts on the game, the free price tag can not be beat. Non-Gold members will still be able to take advantage of the 14-day trial but will need to wait for the service’s official June 1st launch date to sign-up. Throw in EA Access and that’s $180 to $210 a year depending on discounts. Additionally, Xbox Live Gold users get demo-versions ahead of those of non-premium service.