Microsoft announces Xbox Game Pass for PC - PC

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It's not exactly clear if Xbox Game Pass for PC and just regular old Xbox Game Pass are separate subscriptions or not. Obsidian is now working on the sci-fi RPG The Outer Worlds, though that title is being published by Private Division and may not be included in the Xbox Game Pass. InXile is now working on the crowd-funded Wasteland 3. We know 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.

This could pose a serious threat to Game Pass on PC as publishers opt not to bring their games to the service.

Publishers seem a bit reticent to support Game Pass on PC, though.

Ever since Windows 8 first embarrassed its way into our lives back in 2012, Microsoft has been touting Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps (aka Metro or Tiled apps) as the future of Windows apps.

For comparison's sake, Microsoft brought between 9 and 10 first-party games to E3 2018, depending on Spencer's definition of first-party.

"It's critical that we make decisions that reinforce the open nature of the PC, focusing on how best to unite players on all devices around the games they love", Spencer continued. So, we designed a service specifically for the needs of PC gamers and PC game developers. Possible new presentations for Halo The Master Chief Collection, Sea of Thieves, Minecraft and Forza Horizon 4.

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Xbox Game Pass is officially coming to PC, Microsoft revealed on a blog post. Along with free games to try for a month, Gold memberships come with discounts, online multiplayer perks, and more. Every game offered on Game Pass get its own Windows Store listing and gamers could be incentivized to buy from that marketplace instead of Steam.

Devolver Digital, SEGA, Paradox, Deep Silver, and Bethesda have all been named as partners for the launch, and the official announcement says more than 100 games will be available on the service when it launches.

In terms of release timing, pricing, and the titles that will launch with the subscription service, these details are expected to be made available at E3. We still don't know exactly what's included just yet, but it's sure to be a pretty decent cross-section of stuff.

Finally, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will be getting support for Win32 games, and they will be fully supporting the format on services such as Microsoft Store.

Microsoft will reveal more about its PC plans at its upcoming E3 2019 conference on June 9th, 2019.