Many of us have extensive backlogs of games that we'll probably never get to, but if you have a voracious gaming appetite and own an Xbox One, Microsoft's latest news may be up your alley.
Today, the company announced the Xbox Game Pass, a subscription-based program that will let members access more than 100 digital games for a monthly fee. Microsoft will charge ₹699 per month for the program, and it's planned to launch later this summer. Xbox Live Gold members will get a first crack at it before everyone else can subscribe.
Unlike Sony's PlayStation Now service for various devices, these games won't stream to your console – you can download and play them locally without concerns about consistent bandwidth. Granted, you'll need to maintain your subscription to actually play the games, and Microsoft says that games will cycle in and out of the library over time.
Luckily, if you want to keep any of the Xbox One games you played with the Game Pass, you can pay a discounted rate for the full purchase – and then it's yours forever, even if you quit your Game Pass subscription. Xbox One games of all shapes and sizes, as well as backwards-compatible Xbox 360 games, will be available through Xbox Game Pass.
Microsoft's early examples of titles to expect on the service are all at least a year old, but some are pretty noteworthy. Halo 5: Guardians, Saint's Row IV: Re-Elected, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, NBA 2K16, Fable III, Mega Man Legacy Collection, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, and Mad Max are all expected to be available with the Game Pass.
In other words, it's not going to be the biggest, newest releases. But if you're patient or don't care about keeping up with the latest and greatest, then the Xbox Game Pass could be a cost-efficient way to plug a steady flow of gaming into your Xbox One.