Microsoft has just announced Xbox Game Pass, a new subscription service for Xbox One offering, starting this spring, ‘unlimited access to over a hundred fantastic Xbox One and Xbox 360 titles’ for 9.99 euros a month.
At the moment only have said some of those 100 games: Halo 5: Guardians will be the main attraction for the premiere, accompanied by other first party such as Gears of War Ultimate and Fable III, but also titles from third parties such as Saint completo Row IV, Mad Max, NBA 2 K 16 or Soul Calibur II. The footballer Phil Spencer explains in its press release that by now there is treatment with publishers such as 2K, 505 Games, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Codemasters, Deep Silver, Focus Home Interactive, SEGA, SNK, THQ Nordic or Warner Bros.
They are notable, although I suppose that also understandable, absence of heavyweights such as Activision, Rokstar or Ubisoft. Also Electronic Arts, which already has its Access EA. Nor are all the Netflix movies, isn’t it?
The question is that, in the absence of seeing how that list is updated, it seems a good idea. Surely it is easier to pay – because the numbers: 100 are many games and 10 are few euros – which use it much, because it is hard to not go head for the news, but that already counts as a good idea. It is also a first step, necessary and interesting, towards a business model that when it is linked to the streaming like no equal; with Xbox Game Pass, of course, games get them off to your hard drive.
Official website, moreover, confirms it will not be necessary to have Xbox Live Gold to be able to use this.