Today, Microsoft announced a new expansion to the Xbox Game Pass, allowing Xbox new exclusive content to be put on the pass for a limited time when the games come out. Up until now, the Pass has operated a lot like the PlayStation Now service, where you can download older games for free when you subscribe. But this new incentive just gave Microsoft an edge in that department as they announced games like Sea Of Thieves and Crackdown 3 will be joining the system shortly. The one thing still riding against the system is that it is a separate subscription to Xbox Live, whereas Sony’s system is included in your PlayStation Now subscription. Below is a snippet from the press released this morning, along with a trailer for the new content coming starting in February.
Our fans have also asked for more choice in the subscription offerings available for Xbox Game Pass. As part of today’s library expansion, we are also pleased to announce that we are working closely with our retail partners, such as GameStop, to offer a 6-month Xbox Game Pass subscription card for those fans who look for a variety of ways to purchase and enjoy new games and services. The 6-month Xbox Game Pass subscription card will be available at select retail partners for $59.99 beginning March 20. By working closely with retail partners, Xbox Game Pass will have valuable ambassadors in popular destinations for gamers to discover new and exciting games and enjoy community.