E3 2019 is still a week away but Microsoft is already starting to tease their announcements. Today, the company announced the Xbox Game Pass for PC, with more details coming during their E3 briefing on June 9th at 1 p.m. PT.
Xbox Game Pass built for PC.— Xbox (@Xbox) May 30, 2019
Unlimited access to 100+ high-quality PC games from over 75 content partners.
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Xbox is working with over 75 developers, including Bethesda and SEGA, and will be launching with over 100 high-quality games on Windows 10. Support for Win32 games in the Microsoft Store for Windows is also coming, as well as the addition of upcoming Xbox Game Studios titles like Gears of War 5 and the Age of Empires Definitive Editions to Steam.
“Xbox Game Pass for PC will give players unlimited access to a curated library of over 100 high-quality PC games on Windows 10, from well-known PC game developers and publishers such as Bethesda, Deep Silver, Devolver Digital, Paradox Interactive, SEGA, and more. And just as we committed on the console, it is our intent to include new games from Xbox Game Studios in Xbox Game Pass for PC the same day as their global release, including titles from newly acquired studios like Obsidian and inXile. We’re working with over 75 developers and publishers to bring PC content to the service and we’ll ensure the library remains curated and full of great PC titles across a variety of genres, with new games added every month.”Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox
Like the Xbox counterpart, subscribers will also save 20% off the base game currently in the Xbox Game Pass for PC library, as well as 10% off any DLC and add-ons for those games.
Of course, with other companies offering or hinting at similar services, gaming services are slowly becoming like cable packages of old. While you can still buy games outright, those looking to limit the cost of outright buying may find themselves subscribing to different services in order to play the games they want.
Pricing is not yet known, however, it will likely be similarly priced as the Xbox Game Pass which is US$9.99/mth or $59.99/year. The company recently launched Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $14.99/mth and it’ll be interesting to see if they expand that to include an option which includes Xbox Game Pass, Xbox Game Pass for PC, and Xbox Live Gold. Hopefully, we’ll find out at E3 next week.
Last Updated on February 3, 2021.