As we told you earlier, the Alan Wake game will be added to the Xbox Game Pass catalog. However, on May 26th, it will be accompanied by two high-quality titles. We take stock.
[Mise à jour le 22 mai 2020 à 12H27] When we hit the home track in May, it looks like the Xbox Games Pass has plenty of surprises in store for its millions of subscribers. Whether for Xbox or PC gamers, there will be something new. Starting this week, Alan Wake is available 10 years after its release. That’s not all, as the construction game Cities Skylines comes to light. However, DLC is not included. What’s even more surprising is that it’s the turn of Minecraft Dungeons, the latest Mojang title to appear in the catalog. Microsoft can finally start adding its own exclusive houses to its catalog.
For players who bought the subscription on PC, you can play Plebby Quest: The Crusades as well as Golf With Your Friends. Some titles will fatally disappear at the end of the month. The rotation is therefore planned for May 29th, with #IDARB, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, Hydro Thunder Hurricane The King of Fighters ’98: Ultimate and Old Man’s Journey, which will disappear for the Xbox catalog. For the PC, these are Opus Magnum and Stealth Inc 2.
This service was launched in 2017 and brings together 10 million players, five times more than PlayStation Now. Although Sony’s PlayStation 4 was a huge hit with over 100 million copies sold, only 2.2 million people use the service.
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Xbox Game Pass: what is it?
Xbox Game Pass is Microsoft’s subscription service that allows Microsoft account and subscription holders to access a wide variety of games on the American company’s home console. For several years now, Microsoft has also wanted to further develop its PC range in order to diversify its possibilities.
When it launched, Xbox Game Pass had 112 games, but there are over 250 today. The games available are not fixed and may vary from month to month as more are added. It is thus possible to play Just Cause 4, Halo: Masterchief Collection, The Division, Fallout 4, Shadow of the Tomb Raider or even RiME.
With such a catalog, it is easy to find what you want at a very low price since then you have games of all kinds, popular or not, triple A or indie. In addition, the exclusive Xbox One games developed by Microsoft will be available in Xbox Game Pass from the day they are released. For example, this is the case with Sea of Theives, Forza Horizon 4 or even Gears 5. The catalog is constantly growing, which reflects good momentum for the Microsoft service. Recently, Minecraft Dungeons was offered exclusively at launch.
Microsoft has been looking for the implementation of “Xbox Play Anywhere” for some time, which would allow you to play Xbox games anywhere and on any medium available from Microsoft. Under Windows 10, it has been possible for almost 100 Xbox Game Pass games since E3 2019. The service is available on PC for € 3.99 per month (in the beta phase then € 9.99 per month) and only requires the Xbox PC application to be installed on Windows 10. You will find many exclusive PCs there, however also exclusive consoles brought to PC via Xbox Play Anywhere. You can play Gears 5, Sea of Thieves, Kingdom Come Deliverance, Imperator: Rom or Middle-earth: Shadow of War, among others.
Xbox Game Pass is a subscription service that offers a large library of games. Xbox has been promoting Game Pass a lot since 2018 and hopes it will become one of the company’s key services in the years to come. Xbox Game Pass gives you access to a library of games that you can download and play anytime as long as you keep your Game Pass membership. It’s the same as EA Access or Uplay +. The standard version of the Game Pass subscription costs € 9.99 / month. However, it is possible to get a first month of trial for € 2.99. The Ultimate version gives you access to the PC and Xbox One catalogs, as well as the Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online on Xbox One. It will then cost you € 12.99 / month.