Xbox Game Pass will include games from Microsoft Studios – including 343 Industries, The Coalition and Rare. Microsoft is also working closely with top industry publishing partners, including 2K, 505 Games, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, Capcom, Codemasters, Deep Silver, Focus Home Interactive, SEGA, SNK CORPORATION, THQ Nordic GmbH and Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment.
The service allows gamers to download full Xbox One and backward compatible Xbox 360 titles directly to their console, removing any potential connectivity issues that would normally be related with streaming. New games will be added every month, replacing others in a library that’s constantly updated.
Xbox Game Pass members will also be able to purchase Xbox One games included the catalogue at an exclusive discount.
Xbox Game Pass will initially be tested with selected members of the Xbox Insider programme, while Xbox Live Gold members will get exclusive access prior to the service rolling out later this spring, priced at £7.99 a month.
The announcement comes as Xbox prepares to launch the most powerful console ever made – Project Scorpio – and just weeks after the company unveiled an impressive line-up of games for 2017.
Halo Wars 2, the latest title in the hugely popular series, was released last month, while studio partners at Rare, Undead Labs and Sumo Digital/Reagent Games are working on exclusive Xbox One and Windows 10 games such as open-world pirate adventure Sea of Thieves, and new instalments of the State of Decay and Crackdown series.
Two original Xbox classics are coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 this spring – Phantom Dust and Voodoo Vince – and the Backward Compatibility line-up will continue to grow following the release of Grand Theft Auto IV, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, and the BioShock and Mass Effect trilogies.
Meanwhile, third-party developers are creating titles such as Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, TEKKEN 7, Mass Effect Andromeda, South Park: The Fractured but Whole, Prey and Injustice 2.