Microsoft is hedging its bets on Game Pass to compete with Sony

Jan 25, 2018, 01:04
Microsoft is hedging its bets on Game Pass to compete with Sony

Microsoft has announced it is expanding Xbox Game Pass and will start releasing first-party Xbox One exclusives through the subscription service.

The first upcoming game to benefit from this new Xbox Game Pass expansion will be Rare's upcoming pirate-themed title Sea of Thieves which launches exclusively for Xbox One on March 30.

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This is no doubt an incredible deal for gamers everywhere.

For more information on all things Xbox, and to see future impressions of some of these new games coming to Xbox Game Pass, stick right here to That VideoGame Blog. While the Switch dominated headlines and the PS4 got more console exclusives than anyone knew what to do with, Microsoft remained quiet (save for the launch of the admittedly fantastic Xbox One X).

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The service already includes exclusives Sunset Overdrive, Recore and Halo 5: Guardians, as well as third-party titles like BioShock Infinite, Payday 2, Borderlands and and Limbo. But quiet stretch is now over, as Microsoft announced on Tuesday that all new Xbox One exclusives from Microsoft Studios will be added to the Xbox Game Pass on launch day. Game Pass users receive a steady stream of new game additions while older titles cycle in and out over time, much like how Netflix handles its vast content library. The cards will cost $60 (matching Game Pass's existing fee of $10/month), but will mean you don't need a credit card to subscribe.

"We've only scratched the surface of the opportunity this new model brings to the industry and what we can deliver to our fans", Microsoft's head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, wrote yesterday. It is available for purchase through Amazon, Flipkart, Croma, Landmark, and Microsoft India stores, in addition to over 100 speciality gaming stores in the country.

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