Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announces Xbox Game Pass is coming to PC on earnings conference call

It shouldn't be long before PC players can enjoy Xbox Games Pass titles on their home computers.


Microsoft recently hosted an earnings conference call to discuss the company's quarter one earnings for the 2019 fiscal year. In addition to reporting a 44 percent growth to gaming revenue when compared to the previous year, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella also dropped an interesting bit of news on PC gamers by revealing that the company would soon bring Xbox Games Pass functionality to Windows PCs.

The $10/month Xbox Games Pass subscription service allows Xbox players to gain instant access to a library of games both old and new, with titles like Rocket League and recent release Forza Horizon 4 being noteworthy examples. Allowing PC players to access the Games Pass library makes the Xbox One a particularly attractive option, should a time come when PC gamers feel like purchasing a home console.

Of course, some games are already cross-compatible between Xbox One and PC — they're called Play Anywhere titles, and Forza Horizon 4 carries the rare distinction of being both a Games Pass and a Play Anywhere title, meaning PC gamers can essentially play the game for two weeks entirely for free. However, assuming Xbox Games Pass gets full Windows PC compatibility, that window of opportunity will open up even wider.

Current details on when Xbox and PC players can expect Games Pass functionality to land on personal computers remains slim, but as far as can be told, the deal is definitely happening. Until then, be sure to keep it tuned right here to Shacknews for future updates.

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      October 24, 2018 6:08 PM


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      October 24, 2018 6:24 PM

      Its already on pc

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        October 24, 2018 6:25 PM

        Presumably this is more than just the handful of cross play titles currently available.

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          October 24, 2018 6:27 PM

          Would make sense if it’s more like an expansion of the play anywhere program. Def hopes that’s the case.

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            October 24, 2018 6:47 PM

            Yes, that is what he was talking about. Basically broadening the PC offerings instead of just simultaneous releases with Xbox.

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              October 24, 2018 8:44 PM

              good, it drives me BATTY how many games in the gamepass are on PC but are not play anywhere. many are even in the windows store for pc, and on gamepass, but aren't play anywhere! like, cities skylines. it's in the windows store. it's on xbox gamepass. but you can't play it on pc with gamepass. only on xbox. WTF?


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          October 24, 2018 6:54 PM

          I've said since Game Pass was first revealed that OG Xbox and 360 games will eventually come to Windows 10. It feels like such an inevitability right now.

          • Zek legacy 10 years legacy 20 years
            October 24, 2018 8:38 PM

            Microsoft finally realized that Windows is their ace in the hole that Sony will never ever be able to match. I love that they're breaking down all those barriers now.

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              October 24, 2018 9:14 PM

              Profit from their console hardware is also billions in the red over the lifespan of the entire product line. Doing an end-run around Sony's dominance in the living room via Windows and their rumored micro-console only makes sense. Nintendo realized that they couldn't compete head-to-head with Sony after releasing superior gaming hardware with the Gamecube so they created their own markets. Microsoft expanding Xbox beyond a set-top box only makes sense given how many desktops and laptops run Windows 10, plus their Azure network, etc.

              With this it seems simple to pull off a larger version of the Switch, something like a Surface either running older games on device or streamed controlled with an Xbox gamepad. I love what they're trying to do here. What I want to know is what is Sony's plan? A PS Now app for iOS and Android? They sure as hell won't be running games native on portable hardware like Switch or what Surface presumably will do.

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      October 24, 2018 6:41 PM

      ohi2u GFWL

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        October 24, 2018 9:43 PM

        omg don’t even mention that it just gave me ptsd

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        October 25, 2018 5:06 AM

        That piece of shit encrypted saves. So fucking dumb. (though I think UPlay does the same)

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