Xbox Game Pass to launch in June

By Nicholas Ebelhack

Microsoft announced on Wednesday that their new gaming subscription service, Xbox Game Pass, would be available to all users staring June 1, 2017. Beginning today, current Xbox Live Gold subscribers are eligible for a 14-day trial period of the service.

The service, which mimics Electronic Art’s gaming subscription service EA Access, will launch with over 100 games playable on Xbox One for $9.99 a month. In a video published by Microsoft this morning, Head of Xbox Larry Hryb demonstrates the service and how to start a free trial.

Among the games the service will include at launch are Borderlands, the Bioshock Franchise, Halo 5: Guardians, Mad Max and Payday 2: Crimewave Edition. Many of the games featured in the launch lineup have previously been under the “Games with Gold” promotion, in which Xbox Live Gold subscribers receive free games each month playable on both Xbox One and Xbox 360.

The service will launch with 40 Xbox One games and 72 Xbox 360 games that are available through ongoing backwards compatibility efforts. 32 of the available games had previously been made available through “Games with Gold.” Among these titles are games from Microsoft Studios and from third party developers.

According to a post from Director of Xbox Product Marketing Parimal Deshpande, “Xbox Game Pass reflects our continuing aspiration and commitment to offer gamers the best product for the most value, and joins the diverse experiences only available on Xbox One such as Xbox One Backward Compatibility and Xbox Play Anywhere. With one low monthly price for unlimited access to tons of games, along with exclusive discounts, Xbox Game Pass is a tremendous opportunity to better meet the needs of all gamers.”

The service was originally announced on Feb. 28, and Xbox plans to expand its Xbox Game Pass library over time to include more games for its subscribers.

Xbox Game Pass will release in 31 Xbox markets at launch, and service users will be able to purchase games and add-on content at a reduced price that fall under the service. More information about the service and the games provided can be found here.

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