Looks similar to EA Access
It appears that Xbox One is getting something new this spring meant to counter the PlayStation Now service, called the Xbox Game Pass. As it stands in its current form, Microsoft’s Xbox division is rolling out the service for testing to Xbox Insiders and will consist of roughly 100 titles at launch, and it’s looking like it appears to be very similar to EA Access in design.
It appears that Microsoft has secured participation from multiple publishers such as 2K, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Deep Silver, Warner Bros, and Microsoft Studios; according to Microsoft (good they secured themselves as a publisher!). It looks like there will be quite the variety of titles as well, ranging from Saints Row IV Re-elected to Gears Of War Ultimate Edition. The catalog will also consist of games from both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One game libraries.
Here’s the kicker though, and it’s a bit of a shot across the bow to Sony’s PS Now service:
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…
That’s right. No streaming gameplay over an internet connection. Just download, and play. What if you want to keep the game and cancel your subscription? You get to buy the game at a 20% discount, and any DLC for it for 10% off. And what’s the price of admission, you may ask? $9.99 a month.
Xbox Game Pass will also work on Windows 10 devices, though it isn’t clear if that means that you’ll be able to play via streaming from an Xbox One or if you are able to download it directly onto a PC.
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