If you were worried about losing access to the monthly Games with Gold service, Microsoft has confirmed that their new Xbox Game Pass subscription service isn’t mean to replace Games with Gold. It instead will serve as an alternative to something like EA Access, which is also available for PC and Xbox One.
Xbox Game Pass will feature over 100 games and new games will be added/removed each month. The service will cost $10 per month for a subscription and Microsoft hasn’t announced a yearly subscription plan for it yet. The service is set to launch on Xbox One and Windows 10 this Spring.
Mike Ybarra, Corporate Vice President for Xbox and Windows platform, recently talked about the new subscription service where he also teased how it might look like in our games library. He showed a new ‘Membership’ Category that will be added to the Library once the subscription launches. This category covers EA Access, Xbox Live Games with Gold and the upcoming Xbox Game Pass. See it in action below.
He assured that this service won’t replace Games with Gold. There won’t be any need for Xbox Live Gold to subscribe for Game Pass and the games can be downloaded and played offline unlike Sony’s Cloud based game streaming platform, PS Now. He wasn’t sure if they will be able to offer a 30 days free trial.
If you were hoping to get the home sharing with Xbox Game Pass, the good news is that just like Xbox Live Gold, it will be possible to share the subscription on two different Xbox One.
Yes, Xbox home sharing policies apply to Xbox Game Pass, just as they do with Xbox Live Gold! https://t.co/EaTYAVXaEg
— Aaron Greenberg 🦂 (@aarongreenberg) February 28, 2017
Xbox Game Pass is set to launch for Xbox One and Windows 10 in Spring 2017.