Last month, Xbox unveiled a new subscription service that seems to be receiving favourable criticism. While the initiative is still in beta, accessible only to Xbox Insiders for the time being, a few new titles have already been added to the service, showing its potential for the long term.
Xbox Game Pass will launch with roughly 100 games available to choose from, and you can download and play as much as your hard drive can fit, for $9.99 a month. What’s better, is that these games are downloaded to your box, rather than being streamed. This negates any kind of lag or latency for both single and multiplayer experiences. But what about the games?
So far, the library consists of titles such as Halo 5 Guardians, Gears of War Ultimate Edition, Mad Max, Saints Row IV, Lego Batman, Payday 2 and more. Over the weekend, Xbox Game Pass received a handful of new 2K titles including the remastered versions of Bioshock 1 and 2. Bioshock Infinite has also been added, but this is the Xbox 360 version via backwards compatibility. Perhaps this is a way to tease The Bioshock Collection to interested fans, hoping they will invest for the sake of playing Infinite. Perhaps Infinite will be added at a later date, while one of the first two games will be rotated out.
Borderlands 1 is said to be available now too, which is also a backwards compatible title. Reports state that XCOM: Enemy Within also joins the list of titles.
Xbox Game Pass is due to launch sometime this spring, and those who subscribe will also be entitled to receive a 20% discount on any games you decide to buy outright while within the service.