Xbox Game Pass Launches on June 1, Gold Subscribers Gain Access Today

The service, which has you download rather than stream games, will launch with over 100 titles ready to play.


Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft's digital subscription service that lets you play hundreds of Xbox One and Xbox 360 games, will launch on Thursday, June 1, for $9.99 a month. The service will offer a 14-day free trial, and Xbox Live Gold subscribers can sample the service starting today.

You'll need an Xbox Live Gold subscription on top of a sub to Xbox Game Pass to use the service. As of today, there are already over 100 games available to play. The main difference between Xbox Game Pass and PlayStation Now is that you download rather than stream the games on offer. "For gamers, this means endless play of full-fidelity gaming experiences without having to worry about streaming, bandwidth or connectivity issues," explains Parimal Deshpande, director of Xbox product marketing, in the announcement published on Xbox Wire.

Announced back in February, Xbox Game Pass is off to a strong start. Some of the titles you can play starting today (if you subscribe to Xbox Live Gold) include all three BioShock entries, Halo 5, NBA 2K16, Resident Evil 0, Gears of War Ultimate, and the first three Gears of War games on Xbox 360.

"Our commitment to an exciting catalog goes well beyond launch," says Deshpande. "Each month, Xbox Game Pass will add a new set of games to the catalog so there is always something new to play across a diversity of experiences, genres, ratings and more."

You can view the full list of games, and sign up for services such as Xbox Live Gold or your 14-day free trial of Xbox Game Pass, on

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