Today, Phil Spencer, Head of Microsoft’s Xbox division, announced their plans for an upcoming subscription service called Xbox Game Pass. The service will give subscribers the ability to download and play over 100 Xbox One and backwards compatible Xbox 360 games. similar to EA’s “EA Access” service. Phil Spencer states that many third-party publishers, such as 2K Games, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Sega, Warner Bros., and more, are already supporting this new service: “There’s something for everyone to enjoy and you will always find something exciting to play across a variety of genres.”
Phil Spencer also emphasizes that the Xbox Game Pass service will not require a constant online connection, nor will games be streamed, unlike Sony’s alternative; PlayStation Now. “One of the best things about Xbox Game Pass is that you can discover and download the full titles directly on your Xbox One. That means continuous, full-fidelity gameplay without having to worry about streaming, bandwidth or connectivity issues.”
Xbox Game Pass is set to fully launch this spring, at $9.99 per month, but members of the Xbox Insider Program Alpha Preview ring can begin testing out the service today, and Xbox Live Gold members will be able to try it out shortly before the full launch.