So in an announcement earlier this morning Xbox has announced a new subscription, aptly named Xbox Game Pass – (Full Release).

Today, we’re continuing our commitment to give you more options to diversify and expand your library of games with Xbox Game Pass, a new gaming subscription service coming later this spring. Xbox Game Pass gives you unlimited access to over 100 Xbox One and backward compatible Xbox 360 games – all for $9.99 per month.

With great games from top industry publishers such as 2K, 505 Games, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, Capcom, Codemasters, Deep Silver, Focus Home Interactive, SEGA, SNK CORPORATION, THQ Nordic GmbH, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Microsoft Studios, there’s something for everyone to enjoy and you will always find something exciting to play across a variety of genres. Some of the fan-favorite titles coming to Xbox Game Pass when it launches to the broader Xbox community later this spring include Halo 5: Guardians, Payday 2, NBA 2K16 and SoulCalibur II. Read more at

So for $10 a month, $120 a year unless there’s a different annual sign up price, those gamers on Xbox will be able to play over 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 games. This is very exciting news from Microsoft and definitely an instant game collection if I’ve ever heard of one. But before I get too excited we still do not know the full list of titles available, when exactly this will launch this ‘spring’. The biggest unknown that I have is whether or not Xbox Live Gold will be required, meaning do we need the $60 subscription plus the Game Pass costs or can players choose? A small sliver in the announcement makes me think that it will be stand-alone until we get further clarification.

The titles that are available in Preview are just a small glimpse at the expansive catalog of games that will be available when Xbox Game Pass launches this spring. Xbox Live Gold members will also be receiving exclusive access to Xbox Game Pass prior to the program launching to the broader community. We’ll have more details on timing closer to launch.

This “Broader” community should mean those without Gold which brings up the question – What effect will Game Pass have on Gold subscriptions, if any? I for one might be more apt to subscribe to more games on Xbox One for the higher price than the $60 gold subscription and the games lineup they have to offer as I don’t do a bunch of online multiplayer. Also, is there any chance that they offer a bundle of both services at a discount?

What do you think of this Xbox subscription service?


Update – Well that didn’t take long – Turns out we will definitely not have to subscribe to Gold to enjoy Xbox Game Pass.