Xbox Game Pass Will Expand To PC, Says Microsoft Head

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Microsoft has plans to expand the Game Pass subscription service from Xbox One to PC. CEO Satya Nadella reportedly mentioned during an earnings call that bringing Game Pass to PC will help increase the strength of the Xbox brand.

Ars Technica reports that Nadella didn't give any indication of when to expect the subscription to expand, or if it would be included within the same all-you-can-eat price as the Xbox version. It would make some sense for the service to be all-encompassing, given that its current "Play Anywhere" initiative has made PC and Xbox versions of games available across both platforms regardless of where you bought it.

On the Xbox One, though, Game Pass has an isolated marketplace for such a service, competing only somewhat with the more niche EA Access. A PC subscription service would face competition from other similar monthly services at various price tiers. An Xbox One Game Pass subscription currently costs $10 a month. Expanding that pass to include PC games could come through an optional extra fee without paying for an entirely separate subscription.

Microsoft made a bold play for Game Pass by announcing early this year that it would feature all first-party games, on the day of release. That has included big names like Sea of Thieves and Forza Horizon 4. The company also works with publishers to introduce a new slate of third-party Game Pass games every month, and the list is growing pretty large. It also made Game Pass part of its All Access plan, which bundles the console, Game Pass, and Xbox Live Gold together.

Meanwhile, Sony appears to be keen on competing with Microsoft, changing its PlayStation Now service to allow players to download games. PlayStation Now had been a strictly streaming service, which Microsoft will be exploring in more depth next year with Project xCloud.

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I'm confused, why are people claiming subscription-based gaming is the apex of consumer-friendly policy? To me, this is the exact opposite of what I want on PC.

Give me DRM-free, keep it forever without a recurring fee, install as many times as you want, mod however you want gaming. UWP gaming and gamepass are explicitly moving in the opposite direction.

Consumer friendly my butt

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First the exclusive games came to PC and now the gamepass is coming to PC too. Remind me why do I need a Xbox again considering i have a high end gaming PC already?! Except for sunset overdrive and halo 5 every other title is available on PC. I have a subscription for gamepass on PC n I am all ok for it but it reduces one of the primary reason to own a Xbox.

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@hrv_25: You really don't need a console if you have a high end gaming PC. I mainly use my Xbox for watching stuff and also for playing cross-play games with my wife. That and MCC.

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@hrv_25:

Because console owners don't want to deal with custom PC issues. I also prefer to buy Alienware or Surface.

And I do enjoy the remote game install/update during sleep mode on my Xbox.

As a programmer, how easily is for me to replicate users' environment (different combination of HW components, drivers, OS mods, messy reg, background services, enhancement hacks) to debug their issue?

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@hiro4476: you are a programmer so you can deal with complicated bugs and codes but don't know how to update drivers and apply thermal paste? Yeah sounds about right?! First time I've heard a "programmer" say that much BS.

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@hrv_25:
I used to build PC myself when I was a kid, I can certainly diagnose. And my data are either version controlled or on the cloud. 2018 today, I don't lose data.

Except HW failure e.g. I had my RAM overheated due to summer heat 2 years ago, I don't want to spend time on those issues, I'd let Alienware do my testing before pushing updates to me. And I can use my free time experimenting on new game programming concepts and technologies.

Here's the number from 2017. In US, console's market share is bigger than mobile and mobile is bigger than PC. In EU, it's console, pc then mobile. In Asia, it's mobile, PC than (close to extinction) console.

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Sure why not, but there is no subscription better than humble bundle :)

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Microsoft are the most pro consumer company in the whole of gaming these days. Yet these knuckledraggers with a ps4 in their loft constantly attack them and support sonys anti consumer policys. I predict night night Sony next gen.

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It's already on PC too isn't it? I was able to install the PC version of Forza Horizon 4 and my Xbox. Maybe they are just expanding it to more than just "Play Anywhere" titles?

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@skyhighgam3r: that's what I'm thinking. It's also hard to browse and figure what games you're able to download on PC with it.

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@skyhighgam3r: The only games you can play in your PC with this program is Microsoft first party games that also have a PC port. Nothing more so no is not PC yet

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Haters gonna hate, Microsoft has been doing nearly everything they can to be pro consumer and fools just keep shooting them down. Open your eyes

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I am all for a Game Pass on PC as I already subscribe to it on console. However, for me to get on PC as well will be determined on how they will implement it, what kind of games, price. MS may see an opportunity to charge an customer twice, one for console and one for PC. I would be nice if it was one subscription covers both mediums even if it is an little more if one wants both.

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@lonewolf1044: Well "play anywhere" titles on gamepass can be used on pc so they are kind of doing it already.

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@alexofburg: Yes, but that only pertain to games made by thier company. I am talking about third party games and those are not available on PC. If their games are the only games available on an PC then I would never buy into it.

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@lonewolf1044: I kind of agree, but there are 3rd party play anywhere titles as well as 1st.

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@lonewolf1044: Games such as State of Decay 2 and Forza Horizon 4 are available through the gamepass on PC as well. So its safe to say you only have to pay once.

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