Microsoft announces Xbox Game Pass

Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass has been described as the Netflix of the industry, but the latter company still has significant problems keeping its content fresh. For $9.99, gamers get access to a catalog of 112 games, but those can only provide so much entertainment.

Thankfully, Xbox senior product manager Dennis Ceccarelli has committed to a solid first step.

“On the first of every month, you’re going to see at least five new games enter the Game Pass catalog – every single month,” he said during an Xbox Daily interview. “Again, we’re really trying to give a great mix of games across different ratings, different experiences, different genres, so no matter who you are, if you’re a Game Pass member, every single month there’s something new for you to play.”

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A Rotating Catalog

It’s worth noting, however, that the current games aren’t necessarily there to stay. Microsoft plans to remove content as well as add it, and that has been holding a lot of users back. Information so far suggests it won’t be as drastic as some expect.

According to Ceccarelli, the first games won’t be leaving until late November. Though it’s not clear which games that will include, the removal is going to be quite modest.

“In reality, the vast majority of our games are going to be in there much, much longer than that,” the product manager added. “So you’ve got plenty of time to play through the great experiences that are in Game Pass, engage with DLC, just really enjoy that content – it’s not leaving tomorrow.”

If you do download a Game Pass title just be before it’s removed, there is another fallback. You’ll get every game you download for thirty days, regardless of its status in the catalog. That should be more that enough to play most titles and will cut out a lot of frustration.

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