Previously the Xbox Game Pass made over 100 backwards compatible titles available to subscribers, but clearly this announcement makes it a whole lot better. Microsoft is going for the kill here, and if you hold on to your Game Pass subscription, you're going to get to play every single major Xbox exclusive as soon as it launches for no additional charge. This means that Xbox One exclusives such as Sea of Thieves and Crackdown 3 will be available on the day that they launch worldwide. To clarify, they noted that yes, this includes the upcoming Sea of Thieves, and on March 20, you can play it off of Game Pass at launch for free.
It's similar to EA Access, and while some of the games are relatively new the emphasis up till now has been on older releases. Consumers can also buy the Xbox One X from Landmark and Croma retail stores.
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This seems like a pretty good deal, right? Microsoft wants to do the same thing they have, become a prime source of entertainment while raking in monthly fees over and over from millions of subscribers.
As further encouragement to sign up to Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft is planning a new six-month subscription card which will be offered from March 20 for $59.99.
The Xbox One X is fitted with a custom GPU that runs at 1172MHz as opposed to the 853MHz on its predecessor. The difference is mostly in functionality - conceptually, Game Pass is very similar to services like Netflix and Hulu.
Elsewhere at Microsoft, the company has been trying to migrate Office software users to monthly subscription plans as well, which has the effect of making revenue more predictable and continuous as customers renew plans or set them to re-up automatically.