Xbox Game Pass is an incredible value for gamers, and a massive market for profit for Xbox. Climbing up into a billion dollar market for Team Xbox. So it stands to reason why Microsoft would want to bring Game Pass to other platforms, PC in particular.
You have been able to play your Game Pass games that are compatible with Xbox Play anywhere, such as Sea of Thieves, Forza, and Gears of War. Now however, Xbox is looking to widen that availability, and start including core PC experiences.
Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox had this to say in his press release:
“Xbox Game Pass for PC will give players unlimited access to a curated library of over 100 high-quality PC games on Windows 10, from well-known PC game developers and publishers such as Bethesda, Deep Silver, Devolver Digital, Paradox Interactive, SEGA, and more. And just as we committed on the console, it is our intent to include new games from Xbox Game Studios in Xbox Game Pass for PC the same day as their global release, including titles from newly acquired studios like Obsidian and inXile. We’re working with over 75 developers and publishers to bring PC content to the service and we’ll ensure the library remains curated and full of great PC titles across a variety of genres, with new games added every month.”
He then continued, speaking somewhat on pricing:
“Xbox Game Pass for PC members will also receive discounts in the Microsoft Store on Windows of up to 20% on games currently in the library and up to 10% off related game DLC and add-ons.”
What this essentially means, is that if there is a game you want to buy on the Xbox store; for you or a friend, you will be able to purchase it at a discount just for being a Game Pass holder.
Needless to say, this is going to be one heck of a bargain for PC owners, and just beings more games, into more people’s hands.
More information regarding how this program will work will be unveiled at E3.