Well, it appears that a new form of subscription gaming will be arriving in spring. Today Phil Spencer head of Xbox announced the new Xbox gaming pass. This seems to be something they are offering gamers while they prepare for Scorpio.
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.
It will connect gamers to 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. Some of the fan favorite titles coming to Xbox Game Pass when it launches to the broader Xbox community in late spring include, Halo 5: Guardians, Payday 2, NBA 2K16 and SoulCalibur II.
So Microsoft is describing this as a game subscription. You’re able to download the full titles directly to your Xbox One. That means continuous, full-fidelity gameplay without having to worry about streaming, bandwidth or connectivity issues. In addition, all Xbox One games in the catalog – and related add-ons – will be available to purchase at an exclusive discount for Xbox Game Pass members, so you can make the games you love part of your permanent library to play whenever you want. Every month new games will cycle into the subscription with some cycling out, giving you a constantly updating library of games. Xbox Game Pass is your ticket to endless play.
To some people this is an amazing answer and a game changer in the gaming world, to others not so much. There is still a divide in gamers who like to physically own games and not pay monthly for gaming, while the digitally inclined gamers see it as a godsend and will have the ultra convenience of having newer/older and backwards compatible Xbox 360 games at their fingertips. There is still much to see in details and how this program is executed for me personally to decide how I feel but I think it’s a smart business move and a step in the right direction for Microsoft to get that competitive edge on Sony.
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Source: Major Nelson