Microsoft E3 2019: Xbox Game Pass For PC Detailed, Bundled With Console Service
Before Microsoft's E3 2019 press conference even occurred, several pieces of information emerged regarding its various subscription services. A page on the company's website, seemingly live before it was scheduled to go public, supposedly revealed the price of Xbox Game Pass for PC.
[Update: The Xbox conference has now concluded, and it delivered lots of exciting news about new arrivals to Game Pass. It also confirmed Game Pass Ultimate's particulars and locked in a price for the PC version of Game Pass. This story has been edited to reflect the new details Beyond all this, Microsoft confirmed its next-gen Xbox console, Project Scarlett.]
The introductory offer for a month's subscription will cost $5 / £4 / AU $5, the page says, and while there is currently no option to subscribe for a year, at the time of writing there is an offer that allows you a month's subscription for only $1 / £1 / AU $1.
The page also reveals a small selection of games that will come to Xbox Game Pass for PC. Xbox console exclusives such as Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2, and Forza Horizon 4 are listed, with more--Gears 5, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and Ori and the Will of the Wisps--stated to be "coming soon" to the service. The press conference confirmed that strategy games Imperator Rome, Football Manager 2019, and Age Of Empires II: Definitive Edition will be coming to the PC version of Game Pass, along with the newly announced Microsoft Flight Simulator.
Although it shares a name with the Xbox One version, Microsoft has stated the PC Game Pass library will be curated separately. The company calls it "a new experience that we are building together with the PC community." More details will be shared during Microsoft's E3 2019 press conference, where we might also hear about a next-gen Xbox.
Beyond this, Microsoft has also expanded Game Pass Ultimate to everyone. Previously only available to a select group of testers, this is a premium subscription that combines Xbox Live Gold with the Xbox One and PC versions of Game Pass for one monthly fee of $15 in the US. You can transition your existing subscriptions into this, allowing you to stack existing months toward your new Ultimate subscription. The first month is available for $1.
When Game Pass for PC was announced last month, Microsoft said it will give subscribers access to a curated library of more than 100 PC games on Windows 10, representing publishers like Bethesda, Deep Silver, Devolver Digital, Paradox Interactive, and Sega. The company also committed to including new releases from Xbox Game Studios on the PC version of Game Pass on the day of release, just like the Xbox One service. The library will add new games every month. Game Pass members can also permanently purchase the games at up to a 20% discount in the Microsoft Store, and 10% off DLC.
Confirmed Xbox Game Pass for PC Games
- Ark: Survival Evolved
- Forza Horizon 4
- Gears 5 -- coming soon
- Halo Master Chief Collection -- coming soon
- Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
- Hello Neighbor
- Ori and the Will of the Wisps -- coming soon
- Sea of Thieves: Anniversary Edition
- State of Decay 2
- We Happy Few
- Bleeding Edge
- Microsoft Flight Simulator
- Age Of Empires 2: Definitive Edition
- Imperator Rome
- Football Manager 2019