In essence, this is quite similar in concept to the Netflix model, albeit for games. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer says that Xbox One and backwards compatible Xbox 360 games will be included in that 100-game tally, although we hope that there are more of the former instead of the latter.
A number of popular publishers have signed up for the service including Capcom, 2K, Microsoft Studios, and SEGA. Some of the games that you can expect to find on the service include Halo 5: Guardians, NBA 2K16 and SoulCalibur II. Microsoft will also provide discounts on both the games and the related DLC that are available through the service (if you’d like for a game to take up permanent residence on your HDD).
That last point is incredibly important, as Spencer explains, “Every month new games will cycle into the subscription with some cycling out, giving you a constantly updating library of games. Xbox Game Pass is your ticket to endless play.”
Microsoft also touts that its service is superior to what you might find on competing platforms (i.e. PS Now), since games are actually downloaded and played from Xbox One instead of streamed over your internet connection.
We should note that Xbox Game Pass will officially roll out to all Xbox One gamers this spring, but it will be previewed starting today with “select members” of the Xbox Insider Program members that are on the Alpha Preview ring. Microsoft will open the program up further to Xbox Live Gold members ahead of the full-scale launch.