After years of speculation and rumors, Microsoft has finally confirmed that it is bringing Xbox Game Pass to the PC. The service’s beta launched in June, and you can access the service through a new Xbox app on Windows.
The subscription will cost players $10 a month, although there’s an introductory price of $1 for a limited time. You can also get Xbox Game Pass for PC through the new Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which includes Xbox Live Gold as well as Xbox Game Pass for Xbox One and PC for $15 a month.
Best of all, if you already pre-paid for Xbox Live Gold, your remaining months will be converted into pre-paid months of the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. Per the official FAQ: “When you subscribe to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, we’ll apply any prepaid time you have on Xbox Live Gold and/or Xbox Game Pass toward the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate plan, up to a maximum of 36 months. Prepaid time conversion rates are subject to change.”
Yes, you could end up with quite a few months of Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass for just $1. If you’re interested, you can download the new Xbox app for Windows here.
“We designed a service specifically for the needs of PC gamers and PC game developers,” Xbox head Phil Spencer said in a recent press release. “It’s called Xbox Game Pass, just like the original, but it’s a new experience that we are building together with the PC community.”
Here’s a quick sizzle reel with the info:
To be fair, Xbox Game Pass for PC isn’t an entirely new experience. It will still feature a collection of games that fans can access for a monthly subscription. The big difference between the two is going to be which games Xbox Game Pass PC subscribers can access. Despite Microsoft’s attempts to bridge the gap between various platforms, it seems that there are some games that just can’t quite make the jump to PC via Game Pass (most notably the Master Chief Collection, which is being developed separately for PC).
So which games will be featured on Game Pass for PC? The service will have a curated library of over 100 high-quality PC games from over 75 developers and publishers including fan-favorite PC titles like Football Manager 2019, Imperator: Rome, Forza Horizon 4, and Metro Exodus. The aforementioned Halo: Reach will also hit the service once it launches.
Microsoft mentioned Bethesda, Sega, Devolver, Paradox and Deep Silver as some of the major publishers who will have games featured on the service’s PC lineup. Microsoft is currently working with 75 developers and publishers to bring games to the service.
Interestingly, Microsoft also confirmed it intends to bring more games to Steam. Those games include Age of Empires 1-3 Definitive Editions and Gears 5. Microsoft said it will make “Xbox Game Studios PC games available in multiple stores,” but that the company doesn’t have plans at this time to bring its games to the Epic Store.
We’ll keep you updated as we hear more about Xbox Game Pass!