Xbox Announces “Netflix For Games”
Games are expensive. You’re looking at spending on average about $60 – $80, and there’s no way to know if you’re going to be getting your money’s worth. For teens and some adults, that’s nearly a day’s wage, and it could be a waste. The folks over at Xbox (Microsoft) have announced the “Netflix for games.” Yep! So what does this mean? Allow us to break it down for you. It’s a new subscription service that will allow its users to access more than 100 titles for the ultra low cost of only $10 a month! The service will launch this spin and it has already caught the attention of gamers on the platform.
The main difference with the “Xbox Game Pass” when compared to streaming services is just that – the games won’t be streamed in an effort to avoid lag. The user will be allowed to download the game to their console and play locally which should help people with dodgy Internet connections. Xbox reps stated that subscribers will also receive a discount on titles offered in the membership should they want to purchase them outright. The discount will be 20% on games included in the service and 10% off DLC content for those games.
There’s not been mention of the full catalogue of games users will have access to just yet because it’s still in negotiation with developers regarding titles they want included. They did however mention specific development houses and a handful of games. You can look forward to games from 2k, BANDAI NAMCO, Codemasters, Capcom, Focus Home Interactive, SEGA, 505 Games, SNK CORPORATION, Deep Silver, THQ, Warner Bros, and Microsoft Studios. Some of the games we can expect include SoulCalibur II, NBA 2K16, Payday 2, and Halo 5: Guardians.
The pass will give you access to both Xbox one and backwards compatible Xbox 360 games. In comparison, the Playstation NOW service is more expensive and only offers the ability to stream PS3 games to a limited number of specific devices. The service is being tested and Xbox Live Gold members will have early access. Initially, the service was supposed to be available on both the XBox and “Windows 10 devices,” but they have since restricted it to just the console. We’ll keep you posted as more news is made public.