Today on the official Xbox Wire page, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer posted a letter to the community announcing the new Xbox Game Pass program, which gives players “unlimited access to over 100 Xbox One and backward compatible Xbox 360 games – all for $9.99 per month.”

 

Xbox Game Pass – unlike its across-the-market cousin, PlayStation Now – doesn’t require a LAN or wifi connection to stream games. Rather, Xbox Game Pass allows players to download full titles directly to their Xbox One. “That means continuous, full-fidelity gameplay without having to worry about streaming, bandwidth or connectivity issues.”

 

Microsoft already has a commitment from publishers such as 2K, 505 Games, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, Capcom, Codemasters, Deep Silver, Focus Home Interactive, SEGA, SNK CORPORATION, THQ Nordic GmbH, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and, of course, Microsoft Studios, to bring their games to the service.

 

Xbox Game Pass will launch this spring, and Microsoft will be testing the service with select members of the Xbox Insider Program as part of the Alpha Preview ring, which starts today.

Xbox Live Gold members will also be receiving exclusive access to Xbox Game Pass prior to the program launching to the broader community.

“In addition, all Xbox One games in the catalog – and related add-ons – will be available to purchase at an exclusive discount for Xbox Game Pass members, so you can make the games you love part of your permanent library to play whenever you want. Every month new games will cycle into the subscription with some cycling out, giving you a constantly-updating library of games. Xbox Game Pass is your ticket to endless play.”

 

With Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft is throwing a left-hand directly in the face of Sony’s competing PlayStation Now service – which was recently canceled on everything but PlayStation 4 and PC. The launch of Project Scorpio this holiday is, hopefully for Microsoft, the uppercut that will put Sony on its heels after they’ve dominated the console market this generation.

Sony’s larger market share this generation has caused Microsoft to step out of their comfort zone and respond and the results are looking mighty good for all gamers.

Once Xbox Game Pass rolls out for the masses, we hope to have a hands-on preview to share with you all, so stay tuned to Gamer Assault Weekly for more details!

 

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Evan W
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Evan discovered gaming with Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis and never looked back. He has spent the last 20 years criss-crossing genres and platforms, and is an equal opportunity rager, breaking consoles and PCs alike. If you spent summer days off from middle school playing classic PC shooters instead of developing a tan and social skills, you've got a friend in him. Mom might not understand the pain of being "180NOSCOPEWTFPWNED, SON!", but he does. Oh, he does.