Microsoft has finally announced that Xbox Game Pass is debuting on PC, and that Xbox Game Studios title such as Gears 5 will now be releasing not only on Microsoft Store but also on Steam and other shops in the future.
While this is not anything groundbreaking as the company has been teasing the chance of bringing the service on the platform for quite a long time now, we do have the first details about how this is going to happen and the timeline for the release in a few weeks will be clearer.
Phil Spencer, EVP on gaming at Microsoft, has shared the news that a library of “over 100 high-quality PC games on Windows 10” will be releasing on the platform since day one, and that library will include publishers and developers such as Bethesda, Deep Silver, Devolver Digital, Paradox Interactive, SEGA, and more.
“And just as we committed on the console, it is our intent to include new games from Xbox Game Studios in Xbox Game Pass for PC the same day as their global release, including titles from newly acquired studios like Obsidian and inXile,” Spencer added. It’ll basically work the same way it does on Xbox One.
“We’re working with over 75 developers and publishers to bring PC content to the service, and we’ll ensure the library remains curated and full of great PC titles across a variety of genres, with new games added every month,” he added, as discounts in the Microsoft Store on Windows of up 20% on games currently in the library and up to 10% off related game DLC and add-ons will also be dropped for subscribers.
Xbox head has also revealed that the Xbox Game Studios titles will be dropping the requirement of Microsoft Store exclusivity soon, starting with Gears 5 that will work the same way as Halo: The Master Chief Collection releasing on Steam since day one.
“We will continue to add to the more than 20 Xbox Game Studios titles on Steam, starting with Gears 5 and all Age of Empires I, II & III: Definitive Editions. We know millions of PC gamers trust Steam as a great source to buy PC games, and we’ve heard the feedback that PC gamers would like choice,” he said. More stores will be supported in the future.
As for when we’re getting the first game names and the release of Xbox Game Pass on PC, Spencer said that the appointment has already been fixed for the E3 2019.
“We look forward to sharing more at E3, including the great games coming to the library, as well as more details on when and how you’ll experience the new Xbox Game Pass service for PC gamers.”