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Everything you need to know about Xbox Game Pass.
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Xbox Game Pass has been kicking around the Xbox One for quite some time, but back in June, Xbox sweetened the pot with Xbox Game Pass for PC and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. All of the different options can get a little confusing, and with the impending release of The Outer Worlds, you might be wondering which plan you should subscribe to. There are a bunch of different benefits for each one, so we've compiled everything you need to know about Xbox's Game Pass offerings--but be aware that at the time of this writing, you can net a free subscription by eating at Taco Bell.
What is Xbox Game Pass?
Xbox Game Pass for Xbox One
The first of the subscriptions introduced was Xbox Game Pass for Xbox One. With it, you get access to a library of over 200 games, including all first-party titles when they launch. At the moment, these include Gears 5, Forza Horizon 4, Sea of Thieves, and much more. The entire Gears of War series is also available through Game Pass.
New games are added and removed all the time. Thankfully, if you want to keep the games that leave Game Pass, you'll be happy to know that members get discounts on all Game Pass games.
Xbox Game Pass for PC
Xbox Game Pass for PC works exactly like it does on the Xbox One. You get access to over 100 games every month and exclusive deals if you want to keep any of them. There are unique games on each platform, though much of the library does cross over. Almost all of Xbox's first-party titles are available on PC, including Gears 5. Game Pass for PC offers quite a few titles that many would consider better on PC. These include games like Age of Empires Definitive Edition, Metro Exodus, and Prey.
Xbox Game Pass price
Xbox Game Pass for Xbox One costs $10 USD / $12 CAD / £8 a month.
Xbox Game Pass for PC goes for $5 USD / $6 CAD / £4 a month. That is, however, an introductory price and will raise to $10 USD / $12 CAD / £8 a month eventually. However, at the moment, you can join Xbox Game Pass for PC with your first month only costing $1 / £1.
What is Xbox Game Pass Ultimate?
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is exactly what it says it is: the ultimate subscription if you want all of the benefits Xbox currently offers. That even includes Xbox Live Gold, which has its own set of bonuses--free monthly games, online multiplayer, and exclusive deals.
With Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you gain access to both the Xbox One and PC Game Pass libraries--over 300 games. Other bonuses also become available over time, such as access to Gears 5: Ultimate Edition on September 6--regular Game Pass subscribers only have access to the standard edition when it launches on September 10.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate price
At this moment, you can get your first two months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $2 / £2--you can also get one month for $1 / £1. Of course, this limited-time deal is only available to new subscribers. The regular cost of a monthly subscription is $15 USD / $17 CAD / £11.
Xbox Game Pass list of games
The recently released Gears 5 is available through all of the Game Pass options, while the upcoming RPG The Outer Worlds will also debut on the service at launch. And there is much more to check out on both Xbox One and PC--some of the latest releases are pictured below, but you can also see the full Xbox Game Pass list here.