Aaron Greenberg, Microsoft's head of Xbox marketing, has confirmed that any games released as part of the Xbox Play Anywhere program will be playable on PC through the Xbox Games Pass.
Greenberg was asked on Twitter whether "Play Anywhere will support these same games? Basically, if I play Sea of Thieves via the pass, will it still be playable on my Windows 10 PC and no additional cost to the $10 a month?"
To which Greenberg replied, "Yes if the title is Xbox Play Anywhere you can play the PC version too if you are a Game Pass member."
What this means is that for the cost of one month's Xbox Game Pass subscription ($10/£8), PC gamers can play Sea of Thieves, Crackdown 3, or State of Decay 2 for a full month. I've done a bit of hunting around as well and you can actually find some really cheap Xbox Game Pass codes on various sites. CDKeys has a month for £5, for example, while LiveCards has them for the ridiculous price of £3.49. For about the price of a pint, you can play Sea of Thieves from launch day, for a month.
Original Story: Jan-23-2018 - All Xbox Exclusives Will be Playable Day 1 With Xbox Game Pass Sub, Including Forza and Halo
Microsoft’s slow but steady drift from Xbox the platform to Xbox the service has taken yet another twist with the announcement that, as of March 2018, every single first-party Microsoft Xbox release will be playable from day one through the Xbox Game Pass subscription.
Priced at £7.99 / $9.99 per month, the Xbox Game Pass includes a back catalog of more than 100 games, as well as day one access to Sea of Thieves, Crackdown 3, State of Decay 2, and upcoming Halo, Forza, and Gears of War titles.
“We know our fans value having a variety of games to play at a low monthly price,” announced Xbox’s head of gaming, Phil Spencer. “We’ve also heard from fans that the ability to play new blockbuster games in Xbox Game Pass is important. So we’ve continued to explore new ideas to make this possible.
“Today, we’re excited to announce plans for a major expansion to Xbox Game Pass that underscores our commitment to deliver our fans the ultimate gaming subscription service.”
The Xbox Game Pass is currently available as a month-by-month subscription, with Microsoft confirming there are plans in place for longer-term subscriptions and deals. As a value for money proposition, it’s difficult to argue with a $120 annual subscription that provides all first-party exclusives and a growing library of third-party games. What will perhaps sting Xbox users is that this is the second subscription on top of the $60 Xbox Live subscription most are already paying, amounting to roughly $180 annually, all-in.
“We’ll continue to invest more and more into first party,” said Spencer. “The fact that those first-party games will launch into Game Pass just gives our customers more choice in how they get to play those games.”
While it’s an overused term, this move really does justify the Netflix-for-games comparison. Microsoft has bagged a back catalog of hits and will be delivering first-party exclusives that you can play as soon as they’re out. Unlike a lot of failed attempts at this market though, these are all downloadable titles rather than streaming games.
The big question mark left dangling over Xbox Game Pass is now what about PC? It’s an Xbox One exclusive service for now, despite Microsoft’s introduction of the Xbox Play Anywhere initiative in 2016, which ensured all future Xbox One exclusives would be playable on PC. I personally would love to be able to drop £8 to play Sea of Thieves for a month rather than buy the game for £50.
Would you subscribe to a PC version of Xbox Game Pass? Is this a system seller? Let us know!