Microsoft announces new Xbox Game Pass subscription service

Yo, what about unlimited access to over 100 games for $9.99 per month? Because that’s a thing you’ll be able to get when the new Xbox Game Pass subscription service drops later this year, with games including Halo 5: Guardians, Payday 2, NBA 2K16 and SoulCalibur II on the launch list. Huh. That’s some kind of deal-o-rama.

“With great games from top industry publishers such as 2K, 505 Games, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, Capcom, Codemasters, Deep Silver, Focus Home Interactive, SEGA, SNK CORPORATION, THQ Nordic GmbH, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Microsoft Studios, there’s something for everyone to enjoy and you will always find something exciting to play across a variety of genres,” Xbox boss Phil Spencer explains in the press stuff.

“One of the best things about Xbox Game Pass is that you can discover and download the full titles directly on your Xbox One. That means continuous, full-fidelity gameplay without having to worry about streaming, bandwidth or connectivity issues. In addition, all Xbox One games in the catalog – and related add-ons – will be available to purchase at an exclusive discount for Xbox Game Pass members, so you can make the games you love part of your permanent library to play whenever you want. Every month new games will cycle into the subscription with some cycling out, giving you a constantly updating library of games. Xbox Game Pass is your ticket to endless play.”

The service is rolling out to Xbox Insider preview program users today, apparently, with a public release scheduled for “spring”, or autumn in South African vernacular. Whether or not it will be available locally and what the cost will be in ZAR munnies is another matter entirely, though. You’ll know when we know. Or maybe even before that. Who knows? We don’t. Do you? I’ll stop now.