Xbox Game Pass, the latest digital subscription service that was announced in February, launches today, May 24th, for Xbox Live Gold members and June 1st for everyone else.
The service, which costs $9.99 per month, gives users “unlimited access” to download—not stream, but download and play locally—games from a catalog of over 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 backward compatible titles. Additional titles will be added to the service each month, according to an announcement. Xbox users will get a 14-day free trial when they first sign up for the service. Additionally, any title in the Game Pass catalog will be available for permanent purchase at a discount for service subscribers.
While Game Pass won’t replace Games with Gold, the monthly program that gives Xbox Live Gold members free games, many of the games listed in the current Game Pass catalog are former Games with Gold selections. A full list of the service’s launch titles can be found on the official website.
We already know that Game Pass can be shared through the Xbox’s home-share policy. And while the announcement promises the service will “add a new set of games to the catalog so there is always something new to play across a diversity of experiences, genres, ratings and more,” it looks like a “handful” of games will be removed with each rotation, according to earlier reports.
If you want to watch the so-called “trailer” for Xbox Game Pass, featuring a tired-looking Danny McBride yelling at a camera about wanting more “insanity juice,” here you go:
Yeah, we’re not sure why that happened, either.
Source: Xbox Wire