It Seems Like Xbox Game Pass on PC's Game Library Will Be Different From Xbox One's

It Seems Like Xbox Game Pass on PC's Game Library Will Be Different From Xbox One's

PC gamers have "different needs," according to Microsoft.

Microsoft announced earlier today that it's bringing the popular Xbox Game Pass subscription service to PC. Now, there are some additional details Microsoft didn't reveal in its announcement blog post, including the games to expect and how the service differs between PC and console.

For those of you who don't know, Game Pass is a Netflix-like subscription service where for a monthly fee of $9.99 players have access to a library of games they can download and play. One of the immediate questions following this morning's announcement that Game Pass is coming to PC is whether or not the games library will be different on PC than on console.

The wording on this morning's blog suggested the library on PC will be different, and a follow up statement Microsoft sent to USG reaffirms this. "While we'll have more specifics to share regarding content at E3, we recognize that gamers across all different devices have different needs."

This certainly sounds like Microsoft will cater its PC Game Pass library towards established PC game brands, though we'll have to wait until E3 to be sure.

Another report from Thurrott also claims that Microsoft is working on a PC Gaming app called Garrison which will streamline the Game Pass experience across different platforms, devices, and stores. It's unclear exactly what needs to be streamlined with the service on PC, but it could serve as a hub to keep track of your Xbox accounts on PC.

This leads to their second bit of info that the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate edition is also bound for PC. This is a bundle service that includes both Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold for a more expensive monthly fee.

With Xbox Live on PC, this could mean players will have access to things like Achievements and Gamer Score. Perhaps this is what Garrison is meant to manage, along with players' Game Pass PC library.

Microsoft will have more details at E3 so check out our E3 2019 guide for more info, including schedule, press conference times, and more.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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