Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass Is Coming To PC

Xbox Game Pass is coming to Windows 10, but many questions remain

Between bringing games like Halo to Steam, rolling out Game Pass for PC, and teaming up with Sony of all companies on cloud streaming, the company's clearly hoping to expand its userbase beyond just Xbox console gamers. Apparently that's now going to be connected to the Xbox Game Pass on PC - or, at the very least, if you have a Game Pass subscription, you'll be able to buy the games you've played with it at a discount from the Windows Store. Upcoming games from inXile and Obsidian will also be added to Xbox Game Pass PC at launch.

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. It's called Xbox Game Pass, just like the original, but it is an entirely new - and separate - service. According to people familiar with company plans, the PC version of Game Pass will be included with Ultimate Game Pass that was announced earlier this year for no additional cost. Microsoft has now revealed they'll be bringing their Xbox Game Studios PC games to multiple stores, including the current Windows 10 store, at launch - titles like Gears 5, Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, and Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition will be some of over 20 titles heading to Steam too.

The company first launched Xbox Game Pass in 2017, allowing players on Xbox One to access a large library of games for a monthly fee.

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Some Microsoft games are available on other PC gaming platforms but many are not. Phil Spencer had said previously that he was looking to overhaul the gaming experience in the Microsoft Store and the Garrison application is likely the fruit of that labor. Spencer emphasizes, "the player should be at the center of their gaming experience" and admits that its previous preference for its own store might not have been the most user-friendly attitude. A future where Microsoft's games end up on GOG or the Epic Games Store doesn't seem unlikely, then.

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