In announcing Game Pass, Microsoft's Head of X-Box, Phil Spencer, said the collection will include games from the industry’s top publishers including 2K, 505 Games, Bandi Namco Entertainment, Capcom, Codemasters, Deep Silver, Focus Home Interactive, Sega, SNK, THQ Nordic, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Microsoft Studios.
It’s unclear how Microsoft plans to pay the publishers of these games. Just like Spotify, Microsoft could be looking at the games you actually download and play so that Microsoft can just pay those companies. To be clear, this isn’t a streaming service you download the games on your Xbox hard drive and launch them locally.
Xbox Game Pass is entering the Alpha Preview ring today for select members of the Xbox Insider Program before a full rollout later this spring. Pricing will be set at $9.99 per month, a reasonable rate if we are to assume that top-tier games will populate the library each month.
Microsoft is launching the Xbox Project Scorpio later this year, so it’s going to be an important year for Microsoft’s gaming division. With the Xbox One lagging behind when it comes to sales, Microsoft is trying new things to reverse the trend.
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