Xbox Game Pass Will Launch in June, Today for Xbox Gold Members

A Netflix-style subscription service for Xbox video games.

News by Matt Kim, .

Today, Microsoft announced that all Xbox Live Gold members will get an exclusive 14-day trial for Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft’s video game streaming service for the Xbox One. This is a full week ahead of the June 1st wide release for the service.

Xbox Game Pass offers subscribers a Netflix-style service where for a monthly fee of $9.99, players can choose from over a 100 games to download and play on their Xbox One. This includes both Xbox One games and backward compatible Xbox 360 titles. Some of the launch titles include Halo 5, PayDay 2, and NBA 2K16. You can see a full list of available launch games on Microsoft’s website.

Xbox Game Pass was first announced back in February, when Microsoft promised the new service will let anyone download full games have “continuous, full-fidelity gameplay without having to worry about streaming, bandwidth or connectivity issues.” This is compared to PlayStation Now, a competitive video game streaming service on the PlayStation 4 that requires a constant internet connection.

If you’re an Xbox Live Gold member, you can sign up for the service starting today, while Xbox Game Pass will release to wider audiences in June.

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Comments 5

  • Avatar for MetManMas #1 MetManMas 9 months ago
    So Microsoft's finally trying to compete with PlayStation Now and its "Play tons of games as you wish for a monthly fee" deal, huh? A game subscription service is only as good as its library (and price tag for said subscription), but depending on how it's implemented it could be pretty interesting. Not having to keep a good active connection while playing is definitely a plus.
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  • Avatar for VotesForCows #2 VotesForCows 9 months ago
    Seems like a pretty good deal! The ability to download and play offline puts it a peg above PSNow in terms of usability.
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  • Avatar for Roto13 #3 Roto13 9 months ago
    I wouldn't play anything on PS Now because streaming games is bad, but I'll probably go for the trial of this before my Gold sub expires.
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  • Avatar for Lane #4 Lane 9 months ago
    $10/mo for access to 100 games (even if many of them are 360 titles) is pretty compelling. There's enough there to justify the expense for me - at least for now; the bigger question is what sort of titles get rotated in and out over time.
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  • Avatar for maybank2u #5 maybank2u 8 months ago
    nice blog!!
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