If you’d like to have access to a handful of games for a set subscription price per month, look no further than EA Access for Xbox One, but your choice was limited to that particular program because there wasn’t much competition. Not anymore, though, as Microsoft is has launched a similar service. The company today introduced Xbox Game Pass, a subscription service that costs $10 per month and provides access to more than 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 backwards compatible games.
Subscribers will get to play some great games for $10 per month as the Xbox Game Pass subscription will provide them access to titles like Halo 5: Guardians, Payday 2, SoulCalibur II, and more. Microsoft says that it’s going to offer titles from a variety of top publishers.
You won’t find any EA games on this service, though, and there’s a good reason for that. EA Access is a competing service so it would rather that Xbox owners sign up for EA Access instead of Xbox Game Pass but who knows, perhaps it will eventually bring its games to Microsoft’s service as well.
To be clear, Xbox Game Pass isn’t a streaming service, subscribers will be able to download the games and add-ons to their console. If they cancel the subscription they will lose access to the games. There will be more than 100 titles available at launch but Microsoft does mention that it will keep refreshing the list every month.
The company is going to test the Xbox Game Pass service with Xbox Insiders first before launching it for everybody in late spring.