Microsoft Announces Xbox Game Pass for PC

Microsoft Announces Xbox Game Pass for PC

Microsoft is bringing the Xbox Game Pass subscription service over to the PC ecosystem. Another piece of very welcome news that formed part of this announcement was the fact that Xbox Game Studios titles will be available more widely. "We believe you should have choice in where you buy your PC games", says Microsoft. PC gamers will receive a discount of up to 20 percent on games and up to 10 percent on DLCs and add-ons. Instead, Harding-Rolls predicts that Game Pass for PC may attract subscribers only for short cycles when a new game is released.

Previously developers had to refactor their applications using the UWP platform to publish to the Microsoft Store.

Video game stories from other sites on the web.

The company didn't announce pricing or availability for the service but said it will have more to share at the E3 games industry conference next month in Los Angeles. Now, Microsoft is bringing the same service to PC gamers with a specially curated list of more than 100 PC titles.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection's planned arrival on PC was an early announcement in this spirit, Spencer noted on Xbox Wire.

Users who buy the subscription will also get up to 20% discount on the games now available on the Microsoft Store and up to 10% off on DLC and add-on-on purchases. It offers a great way to discover and play your next favorite game. Of course, many of these games will be from the acquired Microsoft Studios, but I doubt that's all. But, so far what's being teased sounds as robust as the Xbox One version of the service - of which we're firm believers that it's the best value for money in gaming today. Subscribers to Xbox Game Pass will also get a 20% discount from the Microsoft Store on titles that are now in the Game Pass library, with a 10% discount offered on DLC and add-ons.

The company has also announced its intention to release more PC games on Steam, and other storefronts, "at launch".

Spencer has indeed shared that the company will come to E3 2019 with 14 first-party games, which represents the biggest lineup of Xbox Game Studios (formerly known as Microsoft Studios) ever dropped at E3.

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