Microsoft reveals Netflix-style gaming service with Xbox Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass

Microsoft has revealed that it will launch a Netflix-style gaming subscription service where users can play Xbox One and "backward compatible" Xbox 360 videogames.

The 'Xbox Game Pass' will cost $9.99 per-month and will allow subscribers to “download games directly to a console and play them online as well as offline”, said head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, in a blog post.

The service will launch later this spring and will offer “over 100 games,” including major titles Halo 5: Guardians, Payday 2, NBA 2K16 and SoulCalibur II.

One of the selling points of the service will be the ability to download full titles directly on to the Xbox One console which means continuous, full-fidelity gameplay without any “streaming, bandwidth or connectivity issues”

In addition, all Xbox One games in the catalog will be available to purchase at an exclusive 20% discount for Xbox Game Pass members.

A number of major publishers have already signed on to the service including 2K, Bandai Namco Entertainment, Capcom, Codemasters, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Microsoft Studios.

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