Xbox Game Pass, Windows 10 Game Mode (and more)
It was Game Developers Conference in San Francisco and here is what Xbox/Microsoft announced.
Lets start with Xbox Game Pass. This is a new gaming subscription service, giving gamers unlimited access to more than 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 backward compatible games on Xbox One for $9.99 USD (approx. RM50) per month.
The Game Pass allows you to download titles directly to the console – no streaming or connectivity issues. If you like a game, Game Pass subscribers can buy it at an exclusive discount, so you can make them part of your permanent library. You will be able to get games from 2K, 505 Games, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, Capcom, Codemasters, Deep Silver, Focus Home Interactive, SEGA, SNK CORPORATION, THQ Nordic GmbH, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Microsoft Studios, and more.
Game Pass will roll out later this spring. At the moment, Microsoft will be testing the Game Pass with a small number of people in the Xbox Insider Program with limited titles.
Next is for the game broadcasters – say hello to Beam, direct from Xbox One and Windows 10. Microsoft made it an integrated feature – no extra software needed.
You probably already know audience can interact with game broadcasters on Beam. With updates, streamers can set up interactive buttons that do a range of things, like trigger on screen effects, music, in-studio lighting or impact what is happening in the game itself.
For the excitement that is Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft reveals a bit more about Windows Game Mode. They really want to “make Windows 10 the best Windows ever for gaming”. In Game Mode, Windows 10 PC is optimised for improvement in overall game performance, meaning increased framerates and increased consistency with some games.
There’ll also be a new gaming section added to Windows System Settings, identified with an Xbox logo. This is where the settings for Game Mode, Game bar, GameDVR and broadcasting will live.
Also announced is more titles coming to Xbox Play Anywhere – so you can buy a game to play on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, with game progresses synced across all platforms. At the moment it only supports 10 titles, but another 16 will be coming along, including new [email protected] titles Full Metal Furies, Ooblets, Snake Pass, and RUINER, with more are on the way.