Last week, Microsoft announced the Xbox Game Pass, which is slated to start this spring. To ensure a quality service, Microsoft began a trial for “select members of the Xbox Insider Program in the Alpha Preview.” Xbox Live Gold members will also be granted an exclusive peek at the program before it launches to the masses. Xbox Game Pass will cost $9.99 per month.

THE XBOX GAME PASS IS REVEALED, COMING LATER THIS SPRING

So, what’s included in this initiative?

Microsoft promises “unlimited access to over 100 Xbox One and backward compatible Xbox 360 games.” NBA 2K16, Payday 2, SoulCalibur II and Halo 5: Guardians are confirmed for when the program formally launches to the public. Furthermore, LEGO Batman has also been confirmed.

The following publishers are on board with Microsoft’s new service:

  • 2K
  • 505 Games
  • BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment
  • Capcom
  • Codemasters
  • Deep Silver
  • Focus Home Interactive
  • Microsoft Studios
  • SEGA
  • SNK CORPORATION
  • THQ Nordic GmbH
  • Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Should you enjoy a game, you can purchase it (and its downloadable content) at a discount so you can keep playing it even if your subscription expires. Additionally, the catalog will change every month, with new titles replacing older titles.

Personally, I think it sounds nice. A Netflix-esque program for video games is something my Xbox One could use. I’ll probably jump in.

Are you excited for the Xbox Game Pass?

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