Microsoft has just announced its Fiscal Year 2019 Q1 earnings, and in amongst the dense network of numbers summoned to please investors was a nugget on the Xbox Game Pass. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella confirmed plans to officially bring the game subscription service to PC.
Now, like me, you’re probably a little bit confused. Xbox Game Pass is already available to PC gamers; it’s what I’ve been using to play Forza Horizon 4. However, Xbox Game Pass on PC is currently restricted to just the handful of games that support Xbox Play Anywhere. This compares to hundreds on the Xbox One, so this could be an indicator that Microsoft is planning to roll out a much wider range of Game Pass games to PC.
Nadella told investors the Xbox Game Pass, which offers a Netflix-style library of games that can be accessed with a single subscription, has been a big success for the Xbox One brand. Microsoft’s game revenue is up 44% year on year, while Xbox software and services revenue has grown 36 percent.
Xbox Game Pass currently includes about 200 games, including nearly all the first-party Xbox One exclusives. A subscription also allows users to play brand new exclusives on day one, so this would cover the likes of Crackdown 3, Halo Infinite, and, er, come back to me on that one.
For Microsoft, it’s going to be all about making Xbox Game Pass a value proposition on PC. With just a handful of games currently playable on PC, it’s arguably not worth it to keep a subscription running indefinitely. If Microsoft could make all the games work though, and of course roll in the likes of Age of Empires 4, and whatever Obsidian’s cooking up if the buyout rumours are true, then it begins to look far more tempting. Then, the one remaining stumbling block in the plan is that the Windows Store is not well regarded in by PC gamers and with good reason.
Could a $10 monthly subscription to access 200 games tempt PC gamers to overlook the Windows Store’s faults? Let us know what you think about Xbox Game Pass below!