Xbox’s Backward Compatibility program currently offers around 100 titles and the company’s new service now grants you access to all the games.
During GDC, the Xbox team announced a brand new service called Xbox Game Pass. The new service grants users access to well over 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 backwards compatible titles. Xbox Game Pass is available to Xbox One users for the low price of $9.99 per month.
The service will be available first to selected members via the Xbox Insider Program. If you are part of the program, you will need to update your device. Simply reboot your Xbox One and Xbox Game Pass should be available.
Below are a few important things to note about the Insider Program:
- As is common with new features and programs going into preview, Xbox Game Pass will be an early build with some feature limitations and will not be on par with the final experience that will be available later this spring.
- Most notable for users in the Xbox Insider Program will be a limited catalog (i.e. approximately 20 titles in preview, many of them arcade) and potentially some slight tweaks to the user interface. Most AAA titles in the Xbox Game Pass catalog will begin appearing in when the program launches to the broader Xbox community later this spring.
- You can expect to run into bugs while in the Xbox Insider Program. Note that the main focus of Preview is to test features and report bugs so the team can refine the experience before it launches broadly.
- Xbox Game Pass will initially launch to the Xbox Insider Program without full localization, meaning the product description and channel names will appear in English. When the program launches to the broader Xbox community later this spring, the product description and channel names will be localized appropriately.
“Some of the great titles coming later this spring when Xbox Game Pass launches to the broader Xbox community include: “Halo 5: Guardians,” “Saints Row IV Re-Elected,” “NBA 2K16,” “Mad Max,” “LEGO Batman,” “Mega Man Legacy Collection,” “Terraria,” “Payday 2,” “Gears of War: Ultimate Edition,” “Fable III,” “SoulCalibur II” and “Tekken Tag 2.” Note that these titles will not be part of the Xbox Insider Program.”