The Xbox Game Pass is a dream come true for Xbox fans everywhere. This is something that should have happened years ago. Nevertheless, the sooner the better and now, Xbox console lovers everywhere are finally going to be free of the shackles of having to buy games and purchase access to each and every single one separately.

In a press release by Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, “Project Scorpio” was also announced. At the moment, there is not much clarity on what this entails, but Phil Spencer mentioned as it being “the most powerful console ever made to the Xbox One family of devices”.

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Whatever “Project Scorpio” is, it certainly sounds exciting and impressive that Microsoft remains dedicated to continue dominating the console gaming industry. Many fans have been worried about the shift to PC gaming and the end of consoles, but with the Xbox Game Pass, improvements can be seen. Not only will the game pass appeal to current Xbox users, but also to a wider community of potential, but hesitant gamers.

What is Xbox Game Pass?

Xbox Game Pass

Instead of having to buy an Xbox One and older console games, you will now be able to access over 100 Xbox One and backward compatible Xbox 360 games. This will be unlimited access, which means you can easily play any available game on your current console directly online and even offline.

The best part about the Xbox Game Pass is the fact that it will cost just $9.99 per month.

Now, many of you may be thinking that the Xbox Game Pass will only give access to older and burned out gaming titles, but Microsoft is luckily smarter than that. Top games from some of the best industry publishers will be available. The latest titles are expected to be included. Some names which are specifically mentioned were Halo 5: Guardians, NBA 2K16, SoulCalibur II and Payday 2.

The ability to download games with the Xbox Game Pass will also ensure that users do not have any connectivity or lagging issues when playing. The Xbox announcement mentioned categorically that the Game Pass will give “full-fidelity gameplay”. We just hope that Xbox lives up to its claims.

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Regular Updates to Xbox Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass

Now, there are a couple of points to keep in mind here whenever you choose to sign on to the Xbox Game Pass subscription. All games which will be available from day one will not remain in the library forever. It is mentioned that “Every month new games will cycle into the subscription with some cycling out, giving you a constantly-updating library of games. Xbox Game Pass is your ticket to endless play.”

This means that if there is a game that you like and want to keep, download it. Keep it on your console instead of online dependency because you may not know when Xbox decides to take it off the shelf.

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When will the Xbox Game Pass Be Available?

Xbox Game Pass

It is expected that the Xbox Game Pass will be ready for the mass market later on this year in spring of 2017. The new feature is reportedly being tested with members of the Xbox Insider Program, which has already started when this announcement was made. Hopefully the initial testing goes smooth and the launch is done sooner than expected.

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For gamers using the Xbox One, this new feature is certainly one to be appreciated. Those who weren’t really into all the console gaming may just consider getting one now, seeing how the Xbox Game Pass will act like the ‘Netflix’ of the gaming world. Forget about individually purchasing expensive games and focus more on variety and a monthly service with the Xbox Game Pass.