Microsoft dropped a bomb today by announcing a Netflix-style subscription service for videogames. Called the Xbox Game Pass, it’s a monthly subscription service that will be available exclusively for Xbox One users for $9.99 a month.
It’ll give users full access to 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 backward compatible games, including AAA titles like Halo 5: Guardians and NBA 2k18.
Here’s the official word on it:
One of the best things about Xbox Game Pass is that you can discover and download the full titles directly on your Xbox One,” the official post states. “That means continuous, full-fidelity gameplay without having to worry about streaming, bandwidth or connectivity issues. In addition, all Xbox One games in the catalog — and related add-ons — will be available to purchase at an exclusive discount for Xbox Game Pass members, so you can make the games you love part of your permanent library to play whenever you want. Every month new games will cycle into the subscription with some cycling out, giving you a constantly updating library of games.
There’s more, if you buy any new videogame that is included in this service, they will be sold to you at a 20 percent discount.
Select Xbox Insider program members would be able to experience ‘a very limited’ number of games under this service starting today, and it’ll be rolled out to Xbox Live Gold subscribers in the near future. Eventually, all Xbox One users would be able to avail of this sometime this Spring.
Although the service is exclusive to Xbox One, some part of it might be available on the PC too:
Xbox Game Pass will only be available on Xbox One and Windows 10 devices. While some Xbox 360 backwards compatible games will be included in Xbox Game Pass, those titles will not be available on the Xbox 360 console via your subscription.
This is a risky move by Microsoft but can pay off big time if it can provide enough value for people to subscribe. You can read the full statement here.