Microsoft announced today the launch of XBox Game Pass for PC and from what we can tell will be very similar to the existing Xbox Game Pass but more geared more towards the Windows PC gaming community.
“We designed a service specifically for the needs of PC gamers and PC game developers,” said Head of Xbox Phil Spencer.
“We researched whether a similar opportunity exists for PC players and PC game developers, and we believe that it does. We also considered the importance of bringing something new and additive to the PC gaming ecosystem, and we believe that we can.”
The games will come from over 75 content partners including big names like Bethesda, Deep Silver, Devolver, Paradox, Sega, and of course Xbox Game Studios.
Just like the existing Xbox Game Pass, there will be over 100 titles to play for an unlimited amount of time. And as new Xbox games are released, Game Pass for PCs will provide access to them day-and-date with launching.
As of now, Xbox Game Pass subscribers can play games on Windows PCs if a version is available, but there are very few titles available compared to console titles.
“We look forward to sharing more at E3, including the great games coming to the library, as well as more details on when and how you’ll experience the new Xbox Game Pass service for PC gamers.”
Microsoft didn’t say how much the monthly service would cost for PC gamers and developers, or when it would launch, but we imagine it will be $9.99 per month just like the existing Game Pass subscription for Xbox consoles (although maybe another incentive will be thrown in). [Update: Game Pass PC will cost $4.99 per month.]
Included with Xbox Game Pass for PC is a 20% discount on games purchased from the Microsoft Store (as well as 10% off DLC).
Microsoft will reveal more about Xbox Game Pass for PC at their E3 briefing on June 9th, and we wouldn’t be surprised if the new service was launched later that day.