Xbox Game Pass is coming to PC, and Microsoft is introducing two different offerings for Xbox Game Pass.
The subscription-based service gaming service will cost $5 per month but will launch at an introductory fee of $1 per month, according to a posting on the Microsoft website.
The Xbox Game Pass is coming to PCs. The new subscription from Microsoft that’s separate from the original Xbox Game Pass subscription. Subscribers will have access to 100+ PC games on their Windows machines, and Microsoft will add new games to the service every month. To support Xbox Game Pass for PC, Microsoft is even introducing a new Xbox app in beta that will essentially act as a launcher for the new PC games.
Microsoft also announced a new Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription that bundles Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold together. For $14.99 a month, you will be able to access all the Xbox Game Pass titles, as well as the benefits of Xbox Live Gold. For those with prepaid months of their Live Gold and Game Pass subscription left, Microsoft will count those towards their new Game Pass Ultimate subscription based on a conversion rate. You can get it for $1 today.
Here’s a list of all the games coming to Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta) today and in the coming weeks:
Available in the Coming Weeks
- Goat Simulator
- Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun
Seperately, the Coalition today announced Gears of War 5’s release date. The new game will include a new Escape mode that’s an aggressive 3-player co-op experience.
Gears of War 5 will apparently go beyond what you have come to expect from Gears of War in the past and introduce new modes such as “Arcade” as well. The game will be available on Xbox Game Pass, for PCs as well as the Xbox One.
The Coalition will reveal more about the new Gears over the coming months. The game will be available on September 10, launching on Xbox Game Pass.
Microsoft also shared a glimpse of the future with Project Scarlett, which launches alongside Halo Infinite in 2020.
Next-Gen Xbox Elite Controller
Microsoft also unveiled the new Xbox Elite controller at E3 today. It’s called the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2.
The company says it has completely rebuilt the controller from the ground-up, re-engineering the entire product.
The new Xbox Elite controller comes with Bluetooth support. There’s a total of 30 new features on the next-gen Elite controller:
- New adjustable-tension thumbsticks
- Higher precision control
- New trigger grip and redesigned bumpers
- Shorter hair trigger locks
- New wrap-around rubberized grip design
- New thumbstick and paddle options
- Three new profiles for different games you play
- Bluetooth connectivity, USB-C
- Internal rechargeable battery, with new detachable charging dock
- 40 hours of battery life
A new feature that comes with the Elite Series 2 is adjustable-tension thumbsticks. You can choose between three different resistance settings, including options to match the same thumbstick resistance as Xbox 360 or standard Xbox One controllers. The new controller also comes with an additional, shorter hair trigger lock setting where the trigger pull distance is shorter than ever, helping you fire faster. The controller now automatically recognizes adjustments to the hair trigger locks, so you won’t need to make changes in the Xbox Accessories app each time you change the trigger locks. Additionally, new wrap-around rubberized grips extend to the top of the controller for more control and comfort.
The Elite Series 2 also comes with new interchangeable thumbsticks and paddle shapes, so you can better tailor the controller to your gaming preferences. You can now save up to 3 custom profiles on the controller and switch between them and a default profile with the dedicated Profile button. New LED lights on the top of the controller indicate which profile is selected. The updated Xbox Accessories app provides the Elite Series 2 with customization for remapping buttons, triggers, bumpers, and paddles – this includes new features like remapping voice commands (‘record that’, ‘take a screenshot’ etc.) to buttons. You also get more choice in how you connect your Elite Series 2 to your devices, including Xbox Wireless, Bluetooth, and USB-C.
The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 comes with premium components including a carrying case, set of 6 thumbsticks (2 standard, 2 classic, 1 tall, 1 wide dome), set of 4 paddles (2 medium, 2 mini), set of 2 D-pads (standard and faceted), thumbstick-adjustment tool, charging dock for in-case or out-of-case charging, and braided USB-C cable.
Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 will be available in 24 countries on November 4 for $179.99.
Microsoft’s ‘Flight Simulator’ returns
Microsoft also showed off the next version of its Flight Simulator game at E3 2019. The company began the video teaser showing off a scene from the skies that it says was captured in real-time 4K.
The new Flight Simulator's city views are powered by satellite data, as well as artificial intelligence from the Azure cloud computing service.
It is not clear when it's coming to the Xbox and PC.
More Xbox E3 2019 briefing announcements
Xbox today the intent to acquire legendary game development studio Double Fine Productions, which will bring the total number of development studios under Xbox Game Studios to 15. Led by industry veteran Tim Schafer, the addition of this studio will reinforce the Xbox team’s commitment to developing original content. Double Fine showcased the long-awaited Psychonauts 2 today on the Xbox E3 stage. Psychonauts 2 (Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4), launches worldwide in 2020.
Microsoft says that its next-generation Xbox, the "Project Scarlett", will set a new bar for console power, speed and performance," arriving alongside Halo Infinite. Powered by a custom-designed processor, it is leveraging the latest Zen 2 and Radeon RDNA architecture from AMD. It also uses GDDR6 memory, and a next generation solid state drive (SSD). Featuring hardware accelerated raytracing, variable refresh rate, 8K capability, ray-tracing, variable refresh rate support and ultra-low latency input, Project Scarlett promises to deliver "a new level of fidelity, precision and accuracy never before seen in console gaming." Microsoft says that the nw console will be four times more powerful than the Xbox One X.
Halo Infinite is also launching alongside Microsoft’s new Project Scarlett Xbox console, setting the stage for the next generation of Microsoft’s console gaming.
Bringing Xbox to the Cloud
In addition to delivering players the games they want, with the people they want, across console and PC, Xbox is also empowering people to play wherever they want by bringing Xbox to the cloud.
First, Xbox announced the ability to stream games from your Xbox One console, starting in preview this October. With console streaming, gamers will have access to their Xbox One game library and Xbox Game Pass titles on the go, streamed directly from an Xbox One console to a mobile device.
The Xbox E3 Briefing also marked a new milestone for Project xCloud, with E3 2019 attendees being among the first in the world to play Xbox One games like Halo 5: Guardians and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice streaming on smartphones and tablets. With Project xCloud, Xbox is investing to ensure players have the choice and freedom to play the games they want, with the friends they want, how and where they want.
Microsoft confirmed that the Project xCloud game streaming serviceis coming this October. Since it's only streaming video of your remote gameplay, like Google's Stadia, you can expect to access the service on things like phones, tablets, TVs and computers.
Games shown during the Xbox E3 Briefing:
- Age of Empires: Definitive Edition (Windows 10 PC) - Coming this this Fall on Windows 10 PC, available on the Microsoft Store, Steam, and with Xbox Game Pass for PC.
- Battletoads (Xbox One)
- Blair Witch (Bloober Team, Xbox Game Pass) - August 30, 2019.
- Bleeding Edge (Xbox One and Windows 10 PC)
- Borderlands 3 (2K)
- CrossfireX (First to Console on Xbox One; Xbox Game Pass)
- Cyberpunk 2077 (CD Projekt Red)
- Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot (Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc.)
- Dying Light 2 (TechLand)
- Elden Ring (Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc.)
- Forza Horizon 4 LEGO Speed Champions Expansion (Xbox One and Windows 10 PC) - Launching on June 13, 2019, as an Xbox Play Anywhere expansion and be available at a 10% discount for Xbox Game Pass members.
- Gears 5 (Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, Steam)
- Gears POP! (iOS, Android) - Launching later this summer.
- Halo Infinite (Project Scarlett, Xbox One, and Windows 10 PP)
- LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
- Minecraft Dungeons (Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4)- Global release in spring 2020.
- Ori and the Will of The Wisps (Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, Steam)
- Phantasy Star Online 2 (Sega)
- RPG Time: The Legend of Wright (Deskworks)
- Sea of Thieves (Xbox One and Windows 10 PC)
- Spiritfarer (Thunder Lotus, Xbox Game Pass)
- Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (Electronic Arts)
- State of Decay 2: Heartland (Xbox One and Windows 10 PC) - Coming on June 9, 2019, for $9.99 on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, and is included with Xbox Game Pass.
- Tales of Arise (Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc.)
- The Outer Worlds (Obsidian Entertainment and Private Division, Xbox Game Pass)
- Twelve Minutes (Annapurna Interactive)
- Wasteland 3 (Deep Silver, Xbox Game Pass)
- Way to the Woods (One Pixel Dog)