Written by Matthew Rondina
Microsoft has just pulled the curtain back on a new, exciting gaming subscription program called the Xbox One Game Pass.
The new service, coming spring 2017, is a Netflix style subscription format that will give you unlimited access to a combination of 100 full Xbox One and Xbox 360 games for $11.99 CAD a month.
The service offers full game downloads providing a seamless experience that is not hampered by bandwidth or streaming issues, just pure, lag free, gaming bliss.
The initial game lineup for the program contains something for just about everyone with titles like Soul Caliber II, Payday, LEGO Batman, Mega Man, Terraria, and Mad Max – a multitude of genres from family games to mature experiences are going to be available when the program rolls out.
The trend of a rich stable of gaming experiences looks only to evolve as a dozen top industry publishers have already committed support.
Names like 2K, Capcom, Codemasters, Deep Silver, SEGA, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Microsoft Studios show promise in providing an exciting, varied catalog of games well into the future.
In terms of finding something to play and potentially master, there are plenty of great choices that will be rotated on a monthly basis.
If one of your favourite titles is moved out of the rotation the Game Pass program offers another great perk, you are able to buy that title at a 20% discount and add it to your permanent collection.
The Xbox Game Pass offers great value for Xbox gamers, especially those in the eSports world as a variety of pro tournament games have been announced as part of the early offerings of the program.
The first wave of titles feature competitive gaming staples such as Halo 5: Guardians, which has cultivated a strong eSport following with competitions being hosted all over the world.
Two other classic games that have eSports roots are Gears of War Ultimate Edition and NBA 2K16.
Being able to play all of these titles with such a low cost of entry will allow just about anyone to hone their skills and test their mettle against some of the best out there on Xbox Live.
As a big Halo fan I can’t wait to see the online multiplayer base grow even larger with new Spartans joining the multiplayer ranks come this spring.
It will also be interesting to see what the program does for more niche titles that are added to the Game Pass rotation, it could breath new life into many titles and spawn new or larger fan bases that could create more pro gaming opportunities.
Microsoft’s rotation of games opens the door for more competitive eSports titles to join the list in the future.
The subscription based gaming model introduced by the Xbox team offers some interesting insight into where the video game industry is moving, and it will be great to see more details about the program as we come closer to it’s rollout spring 2017.
About the Author: Matthew Rondina
Matthew has been involved in all things gaming since the 8-bit era. He is a veteran of the video game and tech industry who has been in love with teaching, technology and gaming for over 20 years. Follow Matthew’s gaming adventures on twitter and join in on the fun!