Microsoft‘s premium subscription-based digital game service, the Xbox Game Pass, will be coming to the PC very soon.
Announced ahead of Microsoft’s Xbox Press Conference at E3 2019, this comes as a welcome suprise to many PC players.
The Xbox Game Pass for PC is slated to come with games from AAA publishers such as Bethesda, Sega, and the like. Similar to the Xbox One version, it will also provide subscribers with access to new Microsoft exclusive titles a week before launch, aside from regular discounts.
“Our intent is to make our Xbox Game Studios PC games available in multiple stores, including our own Microsoft Store on Windows, at their launch,” said Head of Xbox Phil Spencer in a statement earlier this week. “We believe you should have choice in where you buy your PC games.”
The presence of the Xbox Game Pass on PC will no doubt be a joy to many players, as they will gain access to an extensive library of over a hundred Microsoft-exclusive games that would otherwise only be playable on the Xbox One.
Interestingly, the Halo: The Master Chief Collection was already launched on Steam earlier this year, but it will no doubt make an appearance on the Xbox Game Pass catalogue as well.
On the other hand, this will, in a way, add even more to the already stiff competition in the PC digital market, with the likes of Steam and the Epic Games Store duking it out for dominance over PC gamers’ wallets. Despite this, Microsoft is still going ahead with releasing the Xbox Game Pass on PC, under the premise that PC gamers relish having “choice” on their fingertips.
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.Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox
In any case, more details on the Xbox Game Pass for PC will be announced at Microsoft’s press conference at E3 2019 this June.
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