Microsoft is going to make its Xbox Game Pass subscription available on the PC. Members get access to more than a hundred games. All new games from Microsoft’s own studios are immediately available via the subscription upon release.
When Xbox Game Pass is available for PC users and what it costs per month has not yet been announced. Microsoft says it will give more details during its E3 presentation on 9 June. The subscription has been around for a number of years for Xbox users and costs 10 euros per month.
Xbox Game Pass is a subscription that gives members access to a selection of games. Those games must be installed locally, it is not a streaming service. Microsoft releases all games made by its own Xbox Game Studios directly via the service upon release. This involves games such as Forza, Gears of Wars and Halo.
In the announcement, Microsoft makes it clear that the new games from Obsidian and inXile will also be available via the Xbox Game Pass. Those studios were previously incorporated by Microsoft. Microsoft also says it works with publishers such as Bethesda, Deep Silver, Devolver Digital, Paradox, Sega and more.
Furthermore, Microsoft emphasizes that games made by Xbox Game Studios will also be released via other download stores. It was previously announced that the Halo: The Master Chief Collection will also be released on Steam. Gears 5 will also be released on Steam. In addition, Microsoft says it is working on making games available in other download stores, without taking specific names.
Finally, Microsoft announces support for Win32 games in the Microsoft Store. That should make it easier for developers to release their games in the download store for Windows 10. This would also give gamers more options to make adjustments to games; Microsoft may be referring to mods.