Xbox Game Pass Coming to PC; More Details at E3 2019

Xbox Game Pass will officially be two years old on June 1, and in a surprise announcement, this anniversary can also mark the announced addition of Xbox Game Pass to PC. According to Microsoft, though, while it shares the original name of Xbox Game Pass, this PC version will be a "new experience" that Microsoft is building tailored to the needs of PC gamers. Its release date has yet to be revealed, but Microsoft discussed plenty of information about the service.

Much like the original, the Game Pass on PC will give players access to a library of over 100 high-quality PC games, with developers and publishers such as Bethesda, Deep Silver, Devolver Digital, Paradox Interactive, Sega, and more taking part. The Xbox Game Pass for PC will also see the addition of brand new games from Xbox Game Studios added on the same day as their global release. In regards to this, Xbox also cites newly acquired developers like Obsidian and inXile as studios that will feature games at launch on Xbox Game Pass for PC.

PC subscribers will also receive discounts of up to 20% on games and up to 10% on related game DLC and add-ons in the Microsoft Store. However, Xbox remains devoted to choice in the PC market, so games like Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Gears 5, and all Ages of Empires will appear on Steam, with Xbox also "working to enable more choice in which store you can find our Xbox Game Studios titles in the future." Plus, via the Xbox Game Bar, these titles will feature voice and text chat, Looking for Group, friends lists, and even cross-play across PC and console.

Xbox also announced that it will be revealing more about the Xbox Game Pass PC service, including the full line-up of games coming at launch, during its E3 2019 press conference, which is slated to take place on June 9 at 1 PM PT. A recent leak seemingly revealed every announcement from the conference, including a new Fable, a next-gen announcement, various game announcements, and more, but this was not included.

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All of this supports the Xbox Brazil reveal that this could be Microsoft's longest E3 2019 press conference ever, and given that Xbox promised to "go big" since competitor Sony is skipping out, bringing Xbox Game Pass to the PC is definitely a step in that direction.

Source: Microsoft

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