To be clear, this isn't just Microsoft's way of formally recognizing that some of its games in Xbox Game Pass can be played on the PC. In fact, any PC game that's part of Game Pass can be played on a PC or an Xbox One, care of Microsoft's Play Anywhere. However, a majority of those titles are published by the company.
Xbox Game Pass Coming To PC
It's not merely extending Game Pass to Windows 10, too — it's creating a whole new version of the service just for Windows computers. It will have more than 100 games from over 75 developers to start. At the moment, less than 20 games available through Game Pass are also available on PC. That means Microsoft has worked with tons of partners to make this happen.
Xbox head Phil Spencer made the announcement via Xbox Wire. He added that the company intends to make first-party exclusives available through the new service on the same day they're released for consoles. These includes forthcoming titles from Obsidian Entertainment, inXile Entertainment, and a bunch of other studios Microsoft acquired last year. Game Pass subscribers will get a number of perks on top of their subscription, including up to 20 percent discounts for Microsoft Store games.
"Two years ago, we launched Xbox Game Pass on Xbox One, and since then we've seen how valuable a curated library of high-quality games can be for players and game developers alike," said Spencer. "So, we designed a service ... called Xbox Game Pass, just like the original, but it's a new experience that we are building together with the PC community."
PC Games Pass Exactly Like Xbox Game Pass
In other words, this new Game Pass is much like the console equivalent that launched in 2017. However, it remains unclear how much the PC service is going to cost and if players would need separate subscriptions for both their Xbox and Windows 10 PC. More information will be shared at E3, according to Microsoft, including "when and how you'll experience the new Xbox Game Pass service for PC gamers," so make sure to check back with Tech Times as we learn more.
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