Microsoft just made its Xbox game subscription offering a bit more enticing.
The tech giant today announced that it is expanding its Xbox Game Pass program to include first-party Xbox-exclusive titles like Halo, Forza, Gears of War, and others.
“Moving forward, we plan to release all new Xbox One exclusive games from Microsoft Studios into Xbox Game Pass on the same date as their global release,” Microsoft Head of Gaming Phil Spencer wrote in a blog post. “This means that when Sea of Thieves launches on March 20, it will be included in Xbox Game Pass to all members.”
Microsoft first launched Xbox Game Pass this past June, charging gamers $9.99 per month in exchange for access to download more than 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 games — but not blockbuster titles on their release date, as the company now plans to do.
Today’s announcement is a big expansion of the program, and one that could convince customers who already pay upwards of $60 for games like Halo and Forza to instead subscribe to Game Pass.
Microsoft also said today it will sell a 6-month Game Pass subscription card for $59.99 starting March 20.
“We’ve only scratched the surface of the opportunity this new model brings to the industry and what we can deliver to our fans,” Spencer wrote. “We firmly believe Xbox Game Pass will be a catalyst to create new opportunities for game developers and publishers to innovate in the way games are developed and delivered, leading to entirely new ways to play.”
Sony has its own similar program called PlayStation Now, which streams more than 600 PS4 and PS3 games, including exclusive titles, to users for $100 per year.