Xbox Game Pass is a Microsoft subscription service designed to be used with its Xbox One gaming console. Described as the “Netflix for Video Games” 1, the Xbox Game Pass allows players to access a catalog of games from different publishers for a single fee per monthly subscription. The service was launched on June 1, 2017, while Xbox Live Gold subscribers were granted priority access on May 24.
At E3 2019, Microsoft announces the arrival of the Xbox Game Pass on PC, initially in beta and then in the ultimate version.
On February 28, 2017, Microsoft announced the launch of Xbox Game Pass and made available to members of its Xbox Insider community a limited catalog of games for testing and return.1 Later in the second quarter of 2017, the service was open to Xbox Gold Live subscribers and then to all other players. An Xbox Live Gold subscription is not required for the Xbox Game Pass, but it is required for games with online multiplayer.
As part of Microsoft’s 2017 E3 press conference, Microsoft announced that some Xbox titles would be made available via a new bottom-up compatibility feature similar to that of Xbox 360 titles. In a subsequent interview, Phil Spencer said that some of these games could also end up on Game Pass2.
On January 23, 2018, Microsoft announced an expansion of Game Pass allowing proprietary titles to enter the catalog with the commercial version of the game.3 Sea of Thieves is the first new title to appear on Game Pass on March 20, 2018, when it was launched commercially. 4 Crackdown 3 , State of Decay 2 and Forza Horizon 4 will also be added at the launch, although launch dates were not announced at that time and future versions of existing Microsoft franchises, such as Halo and Gears of War, would also be added upon release. 3 In addition, a title selection [email protected] are also added to the service on their release dates, the first being Robocraft Infinity.
Spencer said Microsoft’s intention with the Xbox Game Pass was to make it available on many devices, including those of their competitors. Spencer said: “We want to use the Game Pass on any device that someone wants to play on… Not only because it’s our job, but really because the business model allows users to consume and find games they would never have played. In May 2019, Microsoft announced the arrival of the Xbox Game Pass for Windows 10 computers, which would contain more than 100 games from its own studios as well as third parties when it was launched6.
On April 18, 2019, Microsoft announced Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, a new level combining the Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold in a single subscription. It became available for testing for Xbox insiders on the same day, while general availability began on June 9, 2019.
On June 9, 2019, Microsoft announced that the Xbox Game Pass for PC would be launched in open beta, which would also be included in Ultimate.
Xbox Game Pass is similar to the video game subscription provided by EA called EA Access on Xbox One and the PlayStation Now service offered by rival Sony. 1.7.8The subscription catalogue contains more than 100 games at launch, with games added and sometimes removed from the catalogue. 9 Xbox Game Pass allows the player to download the full game to the console. According to Xbox manager Phil Spencer, the goal was to provide players with “a continuous and loyal game without worrying about streaming, bandwidth or connectivity issues.” 10Unlike EA Access, Xbox Game Pass offers games from a wide range of publishers, such as Namco, Capcom, WB Games, 2K Games, Bethesda Softworks and games at the first part of Xbox Game Studios9.
The catalog features games selected for Xbox One as well as selected titles for Xbox 360 and Xbox with which Xbox One is compatible with previous versions. 10 There is no limit to the number of games a player can download and install on their consoles, other than the amount of storage available on the console.  As long as a game remains in the catalog, it is available for unlimited download and can be read by subscribers. 10Players can buy games in the catalog with a 20% discount and any additional content associated with these games with a 10% discount. The discounted price is only available while the game is in the catalog and only for the game in particular; For comparison, the EA Access 10% subscriber discount applies to any content published by EA, not just the content in its subscription catalog. 10 Catalog games can be played when the console is offline, but no more than 30 days before you need to reconnect to check an active subscription11.
If the game is removed from the catalog by Microsoft or the player ends its subscription, access is suspended until the player buys the game or renews its subscription, but their progress in the game is recorded. 10 If the game is an Xbox 360 title, it will be compatible with the previous version and must be used on Xbox One. it cannot be downloaded to a player’s Xbox 360 console unless the player decides to buy it