News just in! Xbox Game Pass is officially coming to PC and will offer a library of over 100 games from 75 content partners including the likes of Bethesda, Deep Silver, Devolver Digital, Paradox Interactive and SEGA! And if that wasn’t cool enough, as is the case currently with new release games on Xbox, the Xbox Game Pass for PC will give players access to brand news games on day one of release on PC as well.
Current Xbox Game Pass subscribers can access some Xbox games on a PC through the Microsoft Store. There are currently only around 17 games that can be played on PC via Xbox PlayAnywhere including State of Decay 2, Sea of Thieves, Forza Horizon 4 and Crackdown 3. This new move means 100+ Xbox Game Studios titles will be available both in the MS store and on Steam, we’re just not sure of the finer details around which games and whether you can play existing xbox games that you own, on PC.
Xbox head Phil Spencer described the philosophy behind this move and also gave us an insight into more Xbox games becoming available through Steam.
“In March, we announced that Halo: The Master Chief Collection will come to PC later this year, launching on Steam in addition to the Microsoft Store on Windows. We will continue to add to the more than 20 Xbox Game Studios titles on Steam, starting with Gears 5 and all Age of Empires I, II & III: Definitive Editions. We know millions of PC gamers trust Steam as a great source to buy PC games and we’ve heard the feedback that PC gamers would like choice. We also know that there are other stores on PC, and we are working to enable more choice in which store you can find our Xbox Game Studios titles in the future.”
Gears 5 on PC, the day it releases?! How bloody good! Also announced is support for Win32 games on Windows 10 which could mean a larger range of games could become available to play using the Microsoft Store.
“We recognize that Win32 is the app format that game developers love to use and gamers love to play, so we are excited to share that we will be enabling full support for native Win32 games to the Microsoft Store on Windows.”
“We want to bring players together to create a shared player community regardless of where they play, so it’s our intent that new Xbox Game Studios titles include features such as voice and text chat, LFG, friends lists and cross-play across PC and console. On Windows 10 you’ll find this functionality in the Xbox Game Bar, which we’ll continue to evolve and expand.”
More details will be revealed about the Xbox Game Pass on PC at the upcoming Microsoft/Xbox E3 presentation which will be live streamed on Monday June 10, 6am AEST. You can read more about what we can expect from their E3 presentation here.