Microsoft has confirmed future plans for its Game Pass subscription service, ranging from new subscription tiers to a streaming device that will allow players to access Xbox games without the need for a console itself.
The news comes as part of a Game Pass update the company posted to the Xbox Wire, where, after a bunch of quotes about how important and cool the subscription service is, Microsoft included a bulleted list of developments in the works. Among them was confirmation that “the Xbox experience” will be coming to Smart TVs, likely through cloud streaming, but Microsoft is also building its own device for cloud gaming that will allow you to access Xbox games on any TV or monitor. Also here is confirmation that a new Game Pass subscription tier that will account for “financial realities” is being considered, so there might be a cheaper subscription option for those who don’t want to pay the $9.99 or $14.99 price available now. How much or what concessions would be made for a new price range isn’t made clear in the post.
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The full list of developments reads as follows:
- Xbox is working with global TV manufacturers to embed the Xbox experience directly into internet-connected televisions with no extra hardware required except a controller.
- Xbox is exploring new subscription offerings for Xbox Game Pass so more players around the world can experience the most immersive and fun games across devices, geographies, and financial realities.
- Xbox is working with telecommunications providers on new purchasing models like Xbox All Access, which allows consumers to buy both a console and Game Pass for a low monthly price, rather than spending money up front.
- Xbox is building its own streaming devices for cloud gaming to reach gamers on any TV or monitor without the need for a console at all.
- Cloud gaming through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will launch in Australia, Brazil, Mexico, and Japan later this year.
- In the next few weeks, cloud gaming on the browser will open to all Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members. With Edge, Chrome, and Safari support, players will be a click away from gaming on almost any device.
- We’re in the final stages of updating our Microsoft datacenters around the world with our latest generation of hardware, the Xbox Series X. This means gamers will see faster load times, improved frame rates, and experience Xbox Series X|S optimized games.
- Later this year, we’ll add cloud gaming directly into the Xbox app on PC and integrate it into our console experience to light up scenarios like try before you download.
Several games that come to Xbox and Windows end up making their debut on the service, such as MLB The Show 21 and Outriders. And even games that aren’t added at launch make their way to it eventually, including the best games in the Final Fantasy series.