Xbox Game Pass is being upgraded, new subscriptions, optimised games, and more

Along with the big news that the Xbox experience is going to be embedded in to televisions, Microsoft have announced some big changes to Xbox Game Pass across the globe. They are “exploring” new subscription modes, launching cloud gaming in more territories and most importantly for existing subscribers, upgrading the system so games are played as if they were being streamed from an Xbox Series X.

They also state that “our goal is to release at least one new, first party game into Game Pass every quarter” and that streaming will come to the Xbox consoles so you can try a game before you purchase it.


Here’s more from Microsoft:

  • Xbox is exploring new subscription offerings for Xbox Game Pass so more players around the world can experience the most immersive and fun games across devices, geographies, and financial realities.
  • Xbox is working with telecommunications providers on new purchasing models like Xbox All Access, which allows consumers to buy both a console and Game Pass for a low monthly price, rather than spending money up front.
  • Xbox is building its own streaming devices for cloud gaming to reach gamers on any TV or monitor without the need for a console at all.
  • Cloud gaming through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will launch in Australia, Brazil, Mexico, and Japan later this year.
  • In the next few weeks, cloud gaming on the browser will open to all Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members. With Edge, Chrome, and Safari support, players will be a click away from gaming on almost any device.
  • We’re in the final stages of updating our Microsoft datacenters around the world with our latest generation of hardware, the Xbox Series X. This means gamers will see faster load times, improved frame rates, and experience Xbox Series X|S optimized games.
  • Later this year, we’ll add cloud gaming directly into the Xbox app on PC and integrate it into our console experience to light up scenarios like try before you download.

Expect more details on Sunday, June 13 at 10AM PT during the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase.


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1 Comment

  1. This month’s games are decidedly lacklustre (on PC at least), so I’m fully expecting an E3 surprise.

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