All future first party Xbox games to launch on Game Pass

Microsoft announced today that all first party games released in the future will be available the day they launch on Xbox Game Pass.

Game Pass is Xbox’s $9.99 per month Netflix like service where gamers can download hundreds of Xbox One and 360 games for just $10 per month. Previously all the games were usually older, with the newest titles being 12-18 months old.

This means that Microsoft is willing to forego the $60 per game they’d normally get for major first party releases.

Rare’s shared world online pirate game, Sea of Thieves, will be the first game to launch like this on March 20. All future Xbox made titles, including Gears of War, Halo, Forza, Crackdown 3 and State of Decay 2, will be available for Game Pass subscribers on day one.

This is an insane value for Xbox owners, one that you’d have to be stupid to not get in on. $10 per month ($120 per year) for all major Xbox releases plus hundreds of other titles by third parties is easily the most bang for your buck in gaming today.

This raises numerous questions. Will this affect game budgets since they will lose out on significant revenue? Will they compensate by adding more MTX and DLC to their games?

At the very least, Xbox has done a great job trying to turn around their disastrous start to this generation in 2013. After back peddling on the no used game fiasco, Xbox One has received Game Pass and 360 backwards compatibility and original Xbox compatibility.