Microsoft Announces Game Pass for PC, Price and Launch Details Coming June 9th
Game Pass for PC will be tailored “specifically for the needs of PC gamers and PC game developers”
Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass subscription service, which launched for Xbox in mid-2017, is officially coming to the PC. Microsoft made the announcement this week via a post from Xbox head Phil Spencer on the company’s Xbox Wire blog, promising to reveal more details during its E3 showcase on Sunday, June 9th.
Game Pass for Xbox allows subscribers to play locally downloaded games from a rotating library of more than 100 titles for a fixed monthly fee, currently about $10 per month, as well as buy included games outright for a discounted price. Although intended primarily for the Xbox console, the current iteration of Game Pass also allows subscribers to play a handful of included games in Windows 10. This new “Game Pass for PC” service will be completely PC-focused from the outset and therefore offer unique games compared to its console-focused counterpart. Microsoft promises a PC library of more than 100 “high-quality” games from more than 75 content partners, including Bethesda, Deep Silver, Devolver Digital, Paradox Interactive, Sega, and of course Microsoft’s own Xbox Game Studios.
The news accompanies other gaming-friendly announcements from Microsoft this week, namely that the company will begin releasing some first party PC titles, such as Halo: The Master Chief Collection, on Steam as well as the Windows 10 Microsoft Store, and that the Microsoft Store will also start supporting Win32-based games.
There’s no word yet on pricing or availability for Game Pass for PC, or if a joint subscription will be available for gamers with both platforms. Check out Microsoft’s E3 Showcase on Sunday, June 9th at 4PM EDT (1PM PDT / 8PM UTC).
It’s called Xbox Game Pass, just like the original, but it’s a new experience that we are building together with the PC community. Xbox Game Pass for PC will give players unlimited access to a curated library of over 100 high-quality PC games on Windows 10.
And just as we committed on the console, it is our intent to include new games from Xbox Game Studios in Xbox Game Pass for PC the same day as their global release, including titles from newly acquired studios like Obsidian and inXile.
We look forward to sharing more at E3, including the great games coming to the library, as well as more details on when and how you’ll experience the new Xbox Game Pass service for PC gamers.