The Netflix of video games is finally live for Gold Members. You can now sign up for a 14 day trial period, after that, a monthly cost of $9.99 comes around. You can cancel this at any time if the program is not to your liking. Non-Gold Members will be able to sign up come June 1.
For now, let’s take a look at what you can get for your money. First, Xbox is claiming you’ll have access to over 100 games, including: Halo 5, all three Bioshocks, Gears of War 1-3, Gears Ultimate, NBA 2K16, XCOM: Enemy Within, Saints Row IV: Re-Elected, Mad Max, Payday 2, Banjo-Kazooie, LEGO Batman, Terraria, Viva Pinata, Mega Man Legacy Collection, Resident Evil 0, Streets of Rage, Perfect Dark Zero, and Pac-Man Championship Edition.
Second, this isn’t like PlayStation Now. Once you download your desired game(s) there is no need to be online whatsoever. You are not streaming the game, so full fidelity is yours and not dependent on how awesome your internet connection is.
Third, the selection of games will change every month. Some will stay and others will be replaced by new ones, depending user feedback. A lot like Netflix, which is nice. And just like that streaming service, you don’t get to keep the games either. If you want them, you’ll have to buy them. Luckily Xbox is providing a discount to all games on the Xbox Game Pass. It is not yet known exactly what that discount will be, but hopefully by June 1st we’ll know for sure.
Thus far, it seems like Xbox Game Pass is pretty sweet deal. Only $9.99 for such a wide selection of games, and not just barely known indie titles, is probably one of the best ideas Microsoft has had in awhile regarding their console.