Today, I actually feel good about how Microsoft really fell into the well back in 2013 when they launched the Xbox One. After losing in the graphics, aesthetics and price department compared to Sony’s PlayStation 4 in 2013, Microsoft has finally learnt it’s lesson. Ever since, after losing all of that, Microsoft stuck to the commitment of keeping the enthusiasm high for Xbox users. From regular improvements with updates, to the Xbox Elite controller, you name it!
At E3 2016, Microsoft announced that they’ll be launching the Xbox Play Anwhere program, a program where gamers could finally continue playing where they left off and even cross-play between PC and Xbox users. Some notable games that are a part of Microsoft’s Play Anywhere program are Forza Horizon 3, Gears of War 4, Recore and many more. After diversifying their game library Microsoft was also continuously working on porting some great Xbox 360 titles to the Xbox One.
Now with the announcement of Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass, Xbox gamers should now have an even larger range of titles to choose from for a monthly fee of $9.99. With over 100+ games to be tried out, players could try out something new everyday from top publishers. We’ve seen the same tactic being rolled out by EA with Origin Access, but with the Xbox Game Pass you could also try out games from other publishers.
Xbox head, Phil Spencer says:
“It’s important to us that Xbox Game Pass provides an enjoyable and seamless experience. Before the program rolls out to the broader community later this spring, we’ll be testing Xbox Game Pass with select members of the Xbox Insider Program in the Alpha Preview ring starting today with a very limited number of titles.”
And no, this isn’t about streaming games to your Xbox One, instead, since Xbox gamers would have full access to the large game library, games could be downloaded onto your console. Beta testing for the program starts today, although the final release should be out by Spring 2017.