Update: The arti­cle incor­rect­ly stat­ed that Xbox Game Pass would be on PC. This has now been cor­rect­ed. 

Microsoft has announced Xbox Game Pass. A sub­scrip­tion based ser­vice that gives peo­ple access to over 100 games on Xbox One. The sub­scrip­tion will be priced at $9.99 per month.

Unlike sim­i­lar ser­vices, the games will not be streamed. Games can be down­loaded direct­ly to users’ con­sole. Microsoft stat­ed that this was done so peo­ple can play “with­out hav­ing to wor­ry about stream­ing, band­width or con­nec­tiv­i­ty issues”. The selec­tion of games will change month­ly, with new games being added and oth­er games tak­en out.  In addi­tion the ser­vice will give dis­counts on the games offered with Xbox Game Pass and relat­ed add-ons.

The ser­vice can be used with­out Xbox Live Gold how­ev­er it will still be need­ed for mul­ti­play­er. There will not be a lim­it to the num­ber of games that can be down­loaded. Games down­loaded from Xbox Game Pass can become inac­ces­si­ble if the sub­scrip­tion isn’t renewed or a game is no longer apart of the cat­a­log.  

Test­ing for the pro­gram begins today. Only a select few from the Xbox Insid­er Pro­gram will be includ­ed in the alpha test­ing and only has a lim­it­ed selec­tion of games. The gen­er­al pub­lic can use the ser­vice in spring, but those with Xbox Live Gold will have ear­ly access. 

Exact release dates and all games includ­ed in the pro­gram have yet to be announced.