Coming later this spring. . .
With the Xbox division of Microsoft having the only online-based console product that makes sense, they’re finally stepping into the lane of Sony’s PlayStation Now service. Today, Microsoft has officially announced and unveiled a new subscription service, entitled Xbox Game Pass.
It’s set to provide unlimited access to over 100 Xbox One and backwards compatible Xbox 360 games – for just $9.99 a month. We’re assuming the service was launched to directly counter Sony’s PlayStation Now, which gave PS4 and Windows gamers cloud-based access to PS3 games.
However, unlike the Sony counterpart ($20 a month), Xbox Game Pass will feature a slew of current-gen Xbox One gems as well. You’ll also have to download each title, in comparison to streaming titles like the Sony service. It’ll likely launch close to e3, because the company didn’t announce a formal release date, vaguely saying a late spring 2017 rollout. Titles like Halo 5: Guardians, Payday 2, NBA 2K16 and SoulCalibur II, are among the first games that will be available at launch.
As well as getting new games every monthly cycle, with the Xbox Game Pass, members will also be able to purchase new tiles at an exclusive discount. Look for more details and titles to emerge in the coming weeks, for this new eye-raising introduction to Xbox Live.