Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass subscription service finally confirmed for PC
No details or release window were discussed as the mention of Xbox Game Pass’ expansion came as a quick mention in a much longer answer about Microsoft’s gaming ambitions and the importance the company places on growing the Xbox gaming userbase and community. You can listen to Nadella’s full answer here at around the 39 minute mark.
Many have been expecting Xbox Game Pass to expand to PC since it originally launched in mid-2017, especially with the Xbox Play Anywhere initiative that introduced cross-play and cross-buy functionality with Xbox One and PC versions of the same game. The reason for Game Pass being restricted to Xbox One consoles though has always been the relatively small library of PC games that could potentially be offered compared to the 100 or so in the Xbox One console Game Pass library that subscribers can play.
The number of Xbox-branded video games in the Windows 10 Microsoft Store is much larger now than it was last year so there’s way less of a reason not to offer the service to PC gamers as well now.
Xbox Game Pass is essentially like a Netflix for video games. Subscribers pay a monthly fee and in exchange are given full access to a curated list of 100 Xbox One, Xbox 360, and OG Xbox video games.
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