Game Pass, Microsoft's Netflix-style subscription service for the Xbox, received an impressive upgrade today. From now on, all Xbox One-exclusive titles will hit Game Pass on launch day.
That means, for example, Sea of Thieves will be available on Game Pass when the title launches on March 20. So will future entries in Xbox-exclusive franchises like Forza and Halo.
Moreover, retail outlets like GameStop will be offering six-month Game Pass subscription cards. The cards cost $59.99 USD, and will be available on March 20.
"We've only scratched the surface of the opportunity this new model brings to the industry and what we can deliver to our fans," says Microsoft's Executive Vice President of Gaming, Phil Spencer. "We firmly believe Xbox Game Pass will be a catalyst to create new opportunities for game developers and publishers to innovate in the way games are developed and delivered, leading to entirely new ways to play."
Microsoft may have stumbled just outside the starting gate with the Xbox One, but it's clearly set on courting back its audience. Between making PUBG a timed exclusive (like, a very long time), the rumored new Fable title by Playground Games, and this Game Pass expansion, it's on its way to making things right again with its once-huge fanbase. It may take a while, but each gesture adds up along the way.
By the way, you can try a two-week trial of Game Pass yourself. After that, the service is $9.99 USD monthly.