Microsoft Unveils Monthly Gaming Subscription Service For Xbox One

By Mike Fahey on at

Coming this spring to the Xbox One, the Xbox Game Pass will give console owners access to over 100 Xbox One and backwards compatible games for a monthly fee. It'll be $9.99 in the US; a UK price has not been revealed yet, but it'll likely be around £8.

The Xbox Game Pass is not a streaming service, like PlayStation Now, but a game download subscription, along the lines of EA Access. Subscribers who pay the monthly fee will be able to choose from games like Halo 5: Guardians, Payday 2, NBA 2K16 and SoulCalibur II (examples given in Microsoft’s official announcement,) downloading them directly to their system and playing them as if they were purchased digitally.

The Xbox Game Pass will start rolling out to select members of the Xbox Insider programme today, with plans to launch exclusively for Xbox Live Gold subscribers before going live for all Xbox One owners this spring.