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Xbox E3 2019: Game Pass Ultimate Includes Xbox Live Gold, PC and Console Games

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Recently Microsoft expanded their digital gaming subscription service with Xbox Game Pass for PC. At their E3 2019 press conference, they added Xbox Game Pass for PC to Game Pass Ultimate.

Game Pass Ultimate bundles Game Pass for Console and Game Pass for PC, as well as Xbox Live Gold, for $14.99 a month. You can still get Xbox Game Pass for Console, or Xbox Game Pass for PC separately for $9.99 a month. You can upgrade your exiting Live Gold subscription or sign up and get the first month for $1. Subscriptions are currently discounted at $4.99 per month with a special launch discount.

Subscribing to Xbox Game Pass grants access to over 100 digital games. The full list of games can be found on the website. PC games include Forza Horizon 4, Rise of the Tomb Raider, SteamWorld Dig 2, and Wargroove.

Over 25 games are being added to Xbox Game Pass for Console as well, including Batman: Arkham Knight, Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, and Moonlighter.

Game Pass members also get discounts on purchasing digital games: 20% off games and 10% off DLC. Game Pass members also get access to the Gears 5 Tech Test this July, and the new Heartland DLC to State of Decay 2, for free.

Xbox Games Pass Expanding to PC with Over 100 Games

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Two years ago Microsoft launched Xbox Game Pass as a Netflix-like subscription service for Xbox One. Now that service is being expanded onto Windows PC. The service is still called Xbox Game Pass, and will include a large library of digital games through multiple PC stores including the Microsoft Store and Steam, as well as discounts on purchases.

“As the creators of Windows, we have a unique responsibility to ensure we’re investing in experiences that benefit players everywhere, while respecting the PC community’s preference for an open, highly customizable platform,” writes Phil Spencer, head of Xbox. “Xbox Game Pass for PC will give players unlimited access to a curated library of over 100 high-quality PC games on Windows 10, from well-known PC game developers and publishers such as Bethesda, Deep Silver, Devolver Digital, Paradox Interactive, SEGA, and more.”

Over 75 developers and publishers will bring their games to Xbox Game Pass for PC, including recent studios acquired by Microsoft like Obsidian and InXile.

The most interesting news is that these games won’t be limited to Microsoft’s own Microsoft Store, often considered one of the weakest digital stores on PC. Spencer confirms more than 20 Xbox Game Studios games will launch on Steam, including Gears 5. No mention of other PC stores like GOG or Epic Games Store, but Spencer teases “other stores on PC” they are working with. Microsoft will continue to support cross-platform play between Xbox One and select Windows 10 PC games.

More details on Microsoft’s growing PC support and Xbox Game Pass will be announced at the Xbox E3 2019 press conference on Sunday, June 9. Spencer has recently confirmed 14 Xbox Game Studios games will be shown.

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Microsoft Announces Four New Xbox One S Bundles

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This week Microsoft has announced four new 500GB Xbox One S Bundles. The four bundles provide different gaming options that are included in the box (as download codes). All four bundles are priced at $279.99 MSRP.

Xbox One S Minecraft Complete Adventure Bundle 

  • Xbox One S 500GB Console
  • Wireless Controller
  • Minecraft
  • Minecraft Explorers Pack
  • Minecraft: Story Mode Season 1: The Complete Adventure
  • 3 months of Xbox Live Gold
  • 1 month of Xbox Game Pass

Xbox One S Rocket League Blast-Off Bundle

  • Xbox One S 500GB Console
  • Wireless Controller
  • Rocket League
  • 3 months of Xbox Live Gold
  • 1 month of Xbox Game Pass

Xbox One S Ultimate Halo Bundle (Available exclusively at Walmart)

  • Xbox One S 500GB Console
  • Wireless Controller
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection
  • 14 days of Xbox Live Gold
  • 1 month of Xbox Game Pass

Xbox One S Starter Bundle

  • Xbox One S with 500GB hard drive
  • Xbox Wireless Controller
  • 3 months of Xbox Live Gold
  • 3 months of Xbox Game Pass

An Xbox Live Gold subscription is required to play Xbox games online. Note that the Halo Bundle only comes with a 14-day trial. Xbox Live Gold normally costs between $4.99 and $9.99 per month depending on your subscription. Like PlayStation Plus, being an Xbox Live Gold subscriber also provides monthly free and discounted games.

The Xbox Game Pass is a separate Netflix-like subscription service that provides access to over 100 Xbox 360 and Xbox One games. New titles are added each month, though it typically doesn’t include brand new games. The Xbox Game Pass is normally $9.99/month. You’ll still need an Xbox Live Gold subscription to play any games online.

If you’re looking for a beefier Xbox One S bundle, there’s a recently released 1TB Xbox One S Shadow of War Bundle, and a 1TB Xbox One S Assassin’s Creed Origins Bonus Bundle launching October 27. Meanwhile, the new Xbox One X is launching November 7.