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Xbox Game Pass for PC exits beta, gets more expensive

Published: 09:04, 10 September 2020
Xbox Game Pass for PC showing some of the games available in the library
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In a not that unexpected move by Microsoft, Xbox Game Pass for PC will exit its beta phase next week, and the price will go up, but it's not all that bad.

Microsoft launched its Xbox Game Pass on Windows 10 last year with an initial $1 trial month offer, with great games to discover, using the Xbox app for PC, like Metro: Exodus, Forza Horizon 4, Gears of War, etc. After the initial trial month, the price rolled into a $5/month subscription, which was still cheap, for a library of more than 100 games to download and play for 'free', as long as you stay subscribed. 

Even if you owned an Xbox console, you could subscribe to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, and get subscribed to Xbox Live with Game Pass on console and PC included in the deal.

It was a good deal. All good things come to an end, and starting next week, Xbox Game Pass PC exits beta going double with a price. 

It’s no secret that the Xbox Game Pass is far better on the console than it is on the PC, with many more titles to choose from, and play, including a large selection of Xbox 360 titles. Now, with Microsoft revealing its deal with EA, Xbox Game Pass subscribers will get EA Play (formerly known as EA Access/EA Origin) for no extra cost.

That's 60 new games, combined with existing 100+, from a library of EA titles, including The Sims, Mass Effect, Battlefield, Titanfall, and Fifa for $10 per month. The fusion of the two subscription services is set for "Holiday 2020". Still one of the best deals in PC gaming.

AltChar Xbox app on Windows 10 browsing Game Pass library of games for PC Xbox app on Windows 10

According to an official tweet , the service will enter 'General Availability,' which seems to suggest that it'll be available in more regions, though at the time of writing these regions aren't specified anywhere. Meanwhile, if you already have a subscription and your billing day is approaching, you'll still pay the introductory rate.

The EA Play membership also includes discounts on the EA games, in-game rewards, 10-hour trials of upcoming games like Madden NFL 21 and Fifa 21, and those with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will be able to play on Android devices. 

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