A number of games heading to the Xbox Game Pass have been announced. Afterparty, Totally Accurate Battle Simulator, a new game in the Hello Neighbour series, and more will head to the service from the day of their release.
This announcement comes courtesy of Sarah Bond, head of Xbox game partnerships, at Microsoft’s E3 2019 press conference. The aforementioned games are some of many to hit the subscription platform on day one along with all [email protected] titles and bigger names such as Imperator: Rome, Football Manager 2019, and Battletoads.
Bond also divulged more on the Xbox Game Pass for PC cost. A standard membership costs $9.99 dollars a month, but an Ultimate tier bundles in Xbox Live Gold and the console version of Game Pass for $14.99 – which equates to a $5+ saving each month. That’s a pretty tasty deal considering the increasingly strong library of gratis titles the service is accumulating. Even better is the special first month price of $1 Microsoft are offering.
Such competitive pricing structures in terms of the PC market could well be motivated by aggressive discounts on the Epic Games Store and the strides Google are making with Stadia and cloud gaming. The company revealed its own prices during a Google Stadia release date stream which features a mix of permanent purchases and titles accessible through its $10 per month ‘Pro’ service.
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Whereas titles such as Afterparty have been heavily discounted as part of the Epic Games store sale. This saw a £10 reduction on all games priced at £15. It’s not quite the single dollar which seems to give you access to games like Metro Exodus through Game Pass, but at least you’ll be able to keep it for good. Regardless, Microsoft’s overtures in the subscription-based games market are certainly looking promising.