Microsoft announced today that it will bring its popular console service for console games, Xbox Game Pass, to Windows.
This is greater than just a formal recognition that some of the included Xbox games in Game Pass can already be played on the PC. (At present, any PC game that is part of Game Pass can be played on Xbox or Windows, thanks to the company's Play Anywhere initiative, but a majority of those titles are games published by Microsoft such as Forza Horizon 4 and Gears of War 4.)
Instead, Microsoft says it launches a completely new version of the Windows computer subscription with more than 100 games from more than 75 developers to launch. Currently, fewer than 20 games available through Xbox Game Pass can be played on the PC, meaning that Microsoft has signed up dozens of new developers to bring titles to this new version of the service.
"Two years ago we launched Xbox Game Pass on Xbox One and since then we've seen how valuable a managed library of high-quality games can be for both players and game developers," writes Xbox chief Phil Spencer in a blog post published this morning. "We have investigated whether there is a comparable opportunity for PC players and PC game developers, and we believe that is the case. We have also considered the importance of bringing something new and additions to PC gaming ecosystem and we believe that this is possible, which is why we have designed a service specifically for the needs of PC gamers and PC game developers – it's called Xbox Game Pass, just like the original, but it's a new experience we put together are building with the PC community. "
We don't know which games will be made available, how much the subscription will cost compared to the $ 9.99 per month that Xbox owners currently pay, or when the service goes live. Microsoft says it will tell more about the PC-specific version of Game Pass on E3 early next month. But the company has confirmed that it has developers such as Sega, Metro Exodus maker Deep Silver, Fallout and Elder Scrolls Bethesda studio, Stellaris maker Paradox Interactive, and honored indie-publisher Devolver Digital on board.
Subscribers also receive the same benefits through the Microsoft Store that current Xbox Game Pass members receive through Xbox Live. That means you can play any new internally developed Microsoft game for free with Game Pass on the day it is released. Subscribers also receive a 20 percent discount on the prices of games in the library, in case you want to buy the title to play indefinitely if you decide not to continue with the subscription.