Xbox Game Pass PC And Xbox One August Lineup Announced

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Microsoft has announced the Xbox Game Pass lineup for the first few weeks of August, so you can play game gratis during the dog days of summer. As usual the service is offering a collection of games that will join the service on Xbox One consoles, PC, and one that will be on both.

On August 1, the service will add the sports game Ashes Cricket and the strategy game Pandemic for Xbox One, along with the vertical action game Downwell for PC. Then on August 8, those will be joined by the Jackbox Party Pack 2 on Xbox and Space Hulk Tactics on PC. Finally, on August 14, both Xbox One and PC players will get the roguelike Slay the Spire.

The Gears 5 PvP tech tests included with Game Pass have concluded, but a separate Horde Mode tech test is coming sometime in August. Microsoft hasn't detailed when that will come, but like the PvP test, it should be included in Game Pass. That's because the game itself will be included with Game Pass, and the tech tests are open to pre-orders, so if you're a subscriber you kind of pre-ordered it too.

The announcement also detailed a new set of quests for Game Pass, which grant rewards points for playing Game Pass games that can be traded for gift cards or extending your Game Pass time. This time those include rewards for earning achievements in Batman: Arkham Knight, the Metro series, Borderlands, and Ashes Cricket, among others.

Game Pass is an all-you-can-eat subscription service that rotates a library of games for a monthly rate. You can pay $10 per month for the service on Xbox One or PC, or $15 for the combined "Game Pass Ultimate" subscription that also includes Xbox Live Gold. Check out the full list of Xbox Game Pass games for early August below.

Xbox Game Pass Library - Early August

August 1

  • Ashes Cricket (Xbox One)
  • Pandemic (Xbox One)
  • Downwell (PC)

August 8

  • Jackbox Party Pack 2 (Xbox One)
  • Space Hulk Tactics (PC)

August 14

  • Slay the Spire (PC, Xbox One)
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