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What Is Xbox Games Pass and How Does It Work?

Xbox Games Pass is the Xbox subscription service (with currently over 15 million subscribers) that gives gamers access to an increasingly large games library (currently over 200), that you can download and play on an Xbox One, the Xbox Series X/S and also PC. This article will go into more detail about the Xbox Games Pass, such as price, features (Xbox All Access) and the games library.

How Does it Work?

Once you have subscribed to Xbox Game Pass you can start downloading games from the library and play them for as long as you have an Xbox Game Pass subscription. Titles are updated regularly, with Microsoft exclusives for the Xbox Series X/S being released immediately on Game Pass (for example, Halo Infinite will be available on day one). The games library includes titles from the Original Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and the Xbox Series X/S.

How Much Does it Cost

There are several different subscription options available. You can choose the Xbox Game Pass for consoles, or PC alone for $9.99 per month, or the Ultimate version for $14.99.

Is the Ultimate Version Worth the extra money

With the Ultimate version you also get Xbox Live Gold which costs $9.99 per month and includes Deals with Gold, Games with Gold and multiplayer.

Xbox All Access

If you are planning on purchasing either the Xbox Series X or the Series S you can do so with the financing option where you pay $34.99 per month for the Series X and receive the console and a subscription to Xbox Game Pass over 24 months. If you want the Series S, you can pay $24.99 monthly with Xbox Game Pass included also. This is being called Xbox All Access.

Xbox Game Pass Features

  • Xbox Live Gold included
  • EA Play Membership (giving you access to EA games such as Fifa, NHL, Star Wars Battlefront etc).
  • 200 Games with more coming
  • Brand New Microsoft games will be added on Day 1 of their release. (Halo Infinite, Avowed, Fable etc).
  • Cross platform play
  • Cloud Gaming with games pass ultimate - play 100’s of games on your Android device from the cloud. Project xCloud.
  • Member discounts
  • Xbox Games Pass is also available for PC.

If I Stop My Subscription, Can I Still Play the Games?

No, once you end your subscription, any games that you have downloaded with the Xbox Game Pass will no longer be available to play. You can begin playing them again if you resubscribe.

How To Get Xbox Game Pass

You can subscribe to Xbox Game Pass here on the Xbox website, or on your Xbox console directly.

Games Library

You can see the full games library here. This is a small selection of the games that you can expect to play.

  • Sea of Thieves
  • Halo Master Chief Collection
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Rocket Arena
  • PES 20
  • Fallout 4
  • Halo Wars 2
  • Minecraft
  • Minecraft Dungeons
  • Gears 5
  • Need For Speed Heat
  • NHL 20
  • Battlefield V
  • Fifa 19
  • Star Wars Battlefront 2
  • The Sims

Note: Microsoft has recently purchased Bethesda game studios, possibly giving priority to new releases such as Starfield, Elder Scrolls 6 and other Bethesda releases.
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