Microsoft’s Phil Spencer told his team earlier this year that they had big plans for E3. What those on the outside didn’t realize is that Spencer was likely referring to the company’s PC arm as well. Microsoft announced Xbox Game Pass for PC today. Promising a closer look at their PC subscription service at June’s event.
Phil Spencer himself posted to Xbox’s site to reveal the news. With two years of Xbox Game Pass under their belt, Spencer and his team have “seen how valuable a curated library of high-quality games can be for players and game developers alike.”
He started the Xbox Game Pass for PC announcement by stating “We believe the player should be at the center of their gaming experience and be able to harness the unique benefits of the devices they choose to play on.” He followed that with “Nowhere is that belief more important than on the PC.”
Spencer cited Microsoft’s lack of focus on gamers utilizing Microsoft’s Windows platform. But that’s poised to change.
Xbox Game Pass for PC will offer over 100 games for the platform. These titles come from reputable developers and publishers such as Bethesda, Deep Silver, Devolver Digital, Paradox Interactive and Sega amongst others. These titles will also include those now under the Microsoft banner, including Obsidian and inXile. In total, Spencer says there are over 75 developers and publishers working to provide for the new service.
Just as with the console side, Xbox Game Pass for PC will offer up to 20% discounts on titles players choose to outright buy on the service. And up to a 10% discount on the various games’ DLC.
Spencer also notes that “Enabling gamers to play together, through cross-platform play and cross-network play across Windows 10 PCs and console, is vitally important.” With that being said, Microsoft will offer their Xbox Game Studios PC titles available on a variety of PC marketplaces. “We believe you should have choice in where you buy your PC games,” Spencer says.
He confirms that his team will deliver “more than 20 Xbox Game Studios titles on Steam, starting with Gears 5 and all Age of Empires I, II & III: Definitive Editions.” Spencer recognizes that “millions of PC gamers trust Steam as a great source to buy PC games and we’ve heard the feedback that PC gamers would like choice.” Microsoft’s titles will be targeting other marketplaces in the future, such as the Epic Game Store.
We’ll hear more about Xbox Game Pass for PC at E3. There, you can expect a launch date for the service as well as the variety of titles that will be included within its line up. It’s just a matter of days away at this point, folks.