Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass subscription service has changed its Facebook status from “coming soon yo” to “omg out now lol #butgoldiesonly #yolo #fidgetspinners #imcooltoo”, with a 14-day free trial for Xbox Live Gold members and a public launch expected next week Thursday, 1 June. Unless you live in South Africa, apparently.

With unlimited access to over 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 backwards compatible games – including Halo 5, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, and Saints Row IV: Re-Elected – for $10 (about R130) per month, Xbox Games Pass is a hot deal for budget gamers. Subscribers will be able to download and play as many games on the list as they want, with new content coming in on a regular basis.

BUT.

Xbox Game Pass “will be implemented in select markets first before a wider rollout is announced”, a local Xbox rep told Gearburn. “SA is not part of this initial rollout.”

For the moment, it’s available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK, United States only.

Chile gets it, but we don’t? Chile? I bet you can’t even point to that one on a map. I don’t think it even exists.

So much for that. I can’t confirm whether or not it works with for South Africans using US or UK accounts, though. I’ve tried but the signup link on the Xbox Game Pass website keeps returning an exceedingly unhelpful “page can’t be found” error. I guess it’s a no, but ghosting on me like that is super bleak.

 

 

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