Microsoft subscription service Xbox Game Pass won’t be available on PC

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Some publications have been reporting that Xbox Game Pass, a new, Netflix-style subscription service for games, was coming to to PC. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. 

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Obviously people haven’t just been pulling this info out of their backsides. The original Xbox Game Pass FAQ said, “Xbox Game Pass will only be available on Xbox One and Windows 10 devices.” There’s a cached version at that link. 

It’s since been edited to say the service is now available for Xbox One only. Still, in the small-print at the bottom of the page, it says,” Xbox Game Pass is an Xbox One, Xbox Play Anywhere and Xbox 360 backward compatibility game subscription for Xbox One.” 

Play Anywhere is the name of the service offered by Microsoft where you get a game on PC or Xbox One and you get access to it on the other machine. 

Because of this confusion, we reached out to Microsoft for comment. "The Xbox One and PC icons appear on the Xbox Game Pass description page because you can redeem on console, web and PC, however, Xbox Game Pass is only available on Xbox One consoles,” said a Microsoft spokesperson.

It’s a shame, as the $10 a month rental service seems like decent value. With Microsoft intent on blurring the lines between console and PC, I wouldn’t rule it out altogether, though - perhaps it will find its way on PC eventually.

Xbox Game Pass launches on Xbox One in spring. 

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1 Month ago

Bets are that any "Play Anywhere" game will still have it's play-anywhere status enabled, but it won't be easy (if possible) to subscribe through your PC's windows store. I doubt they want to sell it as a PC subscription, but it would take more effort to remove the "Play Anywhere" mode than it would be to include it..

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1 Month ago

Well, the bigger issue is that many of the games on the list won't be avaiable on PC since there is no port and no emulator for old 360 games on PC. Maybe they'll release one but I doubt it will be anytime soon.

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QDP2 Avatar
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1 Month ago

The service definitely won't introduce any new port-tools for the games. Only "Play Anywhere" titles will be available for non-xBox owners, and that is a stretch (they certainly can disable the play-anywhere status, just as my previous comment says, it would be harder for them to do that than to just leave it on).

The previous comment was never a judgement over whether or not it's worth subscribing to the game-pass for PC only. Just my opinion on the probability of whether or not you could play the "Play Anywhere" games.

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