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Xbox Game Pass: Everything you need to know

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Xbox Game Pass has been called the “Netflix for video games” by many of its fans. There’s a big reason for that. Major console and PC games are getting more and more expensive. It appears that $ 70 will be the normal price for major games for the upcoming Microsoft Xbox Series X console. However, with this service, Microsoft offers gamers a way to play tons of Xbox One games and Windows 10 games for one low monthly price.

Read more: Is the Xbox Series X backward compatible with Xbox One games?

What is this service, how much does it cost, and is it the perfect way to charge into gaming for both newbies and hardcore gamers? We have all you want to know about Microsoft’s game service, and its beefier brother, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

What is Xbox Game Pass?

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Launched in 2017, the subscription service offers over 200 Xbox One compatible games to owners of the console. That includes many of Microsoft’s own first-party games. In 2018, Microsoft announced that it would add its newest first-party games to this service the same date as the games launched for sale. The catalog also includes older Xbox 360 games that are backwards compatible with the Xbox One console. There’s also a separate Game Pass For PC. It includes access to over 200 games for Windows 10-based laptops and desktops. Subscribers also get special game discounts and deals that are not available for non-members.

What is Xbox Game Pass Ultimate?

This more expensive version of the service launched in 2019. In addition to being able to play over 200 Xbox One and Xbox 360 games for a monthly fee, it adds Game Pass for PC as well. Also, Ultimate includes full support for Xbox Live Gold, which enables online multiplayer support for all Xbox games, and free game downloads. In addition to discounts and deals, Ultimate subscribers also get some free in-game content for some games and some deals from third-party partners.

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Finally, the service will be the home for Project xCloud, which will offer over 100 Xbox One and PC games via cloud streaming for Android-based smartphones and tablets. This service will officially go live on September 15.

Read more: Project xCloud – Everything we know

How much does it cost?

Xbox Game Pass costs $ 9.99 a month, and Game Pass for PC also costs $ 9.99 a month. The Ultimate version of the service costs $ 14.99 a month. In that respect, the Ultimate tier is by far the better value, since it combines Xbox Game Pass and Game Pass for PC, plus Xbox Live Gold (a $ 9.99 a month service on its own), plus the upcoming Project xCloud service.

You can also purchase 3, 6 or 12-month digital codes for the service at online retailers, including Amazon.com.

Where is it available?

The service is available in the following countries:

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Do I get to keep all of the games if I stop using the service?

No. Once you stop your subscription to Xbox Game Pass, all of the games available on the service are no longer available to you. That includes games you have downloaded to your Xbox One or Windows 10 PC. If you bought DLC items for any game you accessed via the service, they still belong to you. However, you can not use them unless you actually pay for the games.

Do games leave Xbox Game Pass?

Yes. While Microsoft constantly adds new games to the service, it also removes others on a regular basis. You can keep up with Microsoft’s current list of Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC games on the official Xbox Game Pass web site.

Is there a mobile app for the service?

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Yes. The Xbox Game Pass mobile app for Android and iOS allows subscribers to keep track of their games. You will also get notifications when new games go live on the service. You can even use the app to order your Xbox One console to download the game if you are not at home. This will allow you to start playing the game when you get back to your house.

In addition, the Android beta version of the app is the way for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers to stream and play games via the xCloud service. That feature is not available on the iOS version of the app.

Does Xbox Game Pass have rivals?

Microsoft is not the only place that offers a way to play a ton of console and PC games for one monthly price.

EA Play

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Electronic Arts recently combined its two-game subscription services, EA Access and Origin Access Basic, into the new brand EA Play. You can play a selection of older EA games for $ 4.99 a month, or $ 29.99 for a year. You can also get access to new EA games before it releases them for 10 hours of free demo time, plus discounts on purchasing full games. It’s available in PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4 platforms. There’s also EA Play Pro just for PC games, which offers unlimited access to the publisher’s newest games, with all of its extra DLC content. It costs $ 14.99 a month or $ 99.99 a year.

Ubisoft uPlay Plus

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Unlike Xbox Game Pass or EA Play, this service is strictly for PC owners. Publisher Ubisoft offers those gamers access to over 100 gamers for the price of $ 14.99 a month. That price does include new games from Ubisoft the day they are released, plus you get the full versions of those games, including any additional DLC content. It also offers early access and betas for upcoming games.

That’s our look at Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass subscription service. We will update this article when the company makes changes or adds features to the service.

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Select theaters will feature an interactive Terminator Genisys game before the movie starts


It’s normally frowned upon to have your smartphone out in a movie theater, but not if you’re going to see the new Terminator Genisys movie next week. Paramount has just announced that it’s releasing an interactive game that can be played on both Android and iOS devices before the movie begins at select AMC IMAX theaters.

The game is based on Glu Mobile’s Terminator Genisys: Revolution and is apparently the first ever playable in-theater game of its kind. To play the game, interested movie attendees will be asked to take out their mobile devices, join a secure and closed Wi-Fi network (no downloading required), and that’s about it. Each person in the theater will be assigned to one of four teams and, using their devices, will aim and shoot at attacking cyborgs on the movie screen.

The game will only last three minutes and won’t be playable when the movie begins. Additionally, the winning team will receive a special poster following the movie. AMC will give out posters until July 2nd, or while supplies last. The game will be available at the following theaters:

  • New York (AMC Lincoln Square IMAX 13)
  • Los Angeles (AMC Universal CityWalk 19 with IMAX)
  • San Francisco (AMC Metreon IMAX 16)
  • Boston (AMC Boston Commons IMAX 19)
  • Dallas (AMC Northpark IMAX 15)

Terminator Genisys arrives in theaters Wednesday, July 1st.

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Mad Catz announces the S.U.R.F.R. and L.Y.N.X. 3 game controllers ahead of MWC 2015


Mad Catz, the creators of the M.O.J.O. micro-console, have just announced two new gaming controllers ahead of Mobile World Congress 2015. First up on the list is the S.U.R.F.R., and it’s a bit toned-down from other controllers we’ve seen from the company in the past. Slated as the “ultimate multimedia surfer and gaming controller”, the S.U.R.F.R. aims to make your life easier thanks to its full QWERTY keyboard and mouse pointer input.

It’ll connect to any Android device, including smartphones, Android TV devices, PCs and a handful of others. The controller features dual analog sticks, shoulder buttons, action buttons and a d-pad. If you’re playing a game that’s particularly difficult, the controller even has extendable grips on either side to help you hold on.

Like I said earlier, the S.U.R.F.R. features a more toned-down design than we’re used to seeing from the company. The S.U.R.F.R. seems comfortable and functional, and that’s all we could as for in a controller. It will be available in White, Red and Black for $ 79.99. There’s no exact date for the controller’s release, but the company estimates it will launch sometime around May.

Lynx 3

Next up on the list is the L.Y.N.X. 3 gaming controller, the “L.Y.N.X.9’s lil’ bro.” Remember the crazy, futuristic-looking controller announced by the company back at CES 2015? That was the L.Y.N.X. 9, and the L.Y.N.X. 3 aims to be the more affordable version of that. Just like the other gaming controllers, this one can connect to a slew of different Android-powered devices. It has a fold-out design, two joy sticks, a d-pad, ABXY buttons and two shoulder buttons. But unlike the L.Y.N.X. 9, this new model gets rid of the keyboard and tablet dock in the middle, allowing for a more compact, lighter experience. It will be available for $ 69.99 and will launch in May.

Both of these gaming controllers will be shown off at MWC 2015. Are you interested in either the S.U.R.F.R. or the L.Y.N.X. 3?

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Stealth-action game République 60% off in the Play Store


Every once in awhile, Google Play has some pretty decent deals on really premium content. They’re definitely continuing that reputation as they offer the thrilling République for only $ 1.99… that’s 60% off!

If you’ve never heard of République, let me fill you in for a second. Think a Metal Gear Solid-esque game with console-quality graphics, developed around a touch screen, and amazing music floating overtop of it all. It’s no wonder why the game reminds us so much of Metal Gear Solid, though, because the game is developed by Camouflaj (the makers of M.G.S., Halo, F.E.A.R.). It’s split up between five episodes, all of which are sold separately. Hope, the main character, is trying to escape a mysterious building that’s heavily surveyed. The goal of the game is to try and get Hope to safety, away from the facility. But the interesting thing about the game is that you don’t play as Hope. You play as a hacker, guiding her around the facility through security cameras.

With that being said, the game is on sale thanks to the Google Play Weekly Deals promotion. You can grab the first episode for only $ 1.99. And seriously, you’re probably going to want to play the remaining episodes right away.

Grab the game from the Play Store here before it goes back to the original price! Have any of you played République? How did you like it?

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