The folks at Team Xbox are clearing out all the announcements that aren’t related to Project Scorpio ahead of next month’s E3 conference. Today, Xbox Game Pass goes live for Gold members. You can start a 14-day free trial right now. After that, that it goes to $10/month.

So, what is Game Pass? Take EA Access and super-size it. Over 100 games to play. All downloadable. No streaming. You won’t need Google Fiber just to combat the lag that pops up when playing over game-streaming services. Still, you’re going to want a halfway decent connection if you plan on downloading Halo 5: Guardians in less than a day.

If you don’t have Xbox Live Gold, the service will go live on June 1.

100+ games for $9.99/month sounds great, but what about the games? The list is actually not too bad. Especially if you’re new to Xbox. There’s some overlap between recent Games with Gold and Xbox Game Pass, but it’s still a solid first batch of games. Head on over to Xbox to see the full list. I’m going to highlight a few of the better games below:

Defense Grid (1 and 2)
DmC Devil May Cry
Mad Max
NBA 2K16
Fable III
Halo 5: Guardians
Perfect Dark Zero (hope the servers are still up)
Saints Row IV
ScreamRide
Soul Calibur II
Sunset Overdrive (play this now!)
The Swapper
XCOM Enemy Within

It’ll be intriguing to see how Microsoft builds on this service going forward. They promise new games coming every month. Give Ubisoft a call, and get GRAW 1, 2 and Future Solider on this service.

I’m crossing my fingers the folks at Xbox adopt one of EA Access’ best features. Exclusive trials. Give me 10 hours of Crackdown 3, Sea of Thieves and the next Forza before release and I won’t hesitate to sign up.

It’s clear E3 is going to be all about Project Scorpio and Xbox’s Fall slate of games. Games Pass would have been a nice and expected announcement next month. But Phil Spencer and crew want to be solely focused on selling gamers their vision of Xbox going forward. Led by Project Scorpio.

I’m more interested to see what Xbox has planned for 2018 and beyond. What new franchises are they cooking up besides the usual staple of Gears, Forza and Halo? I do think Sea of Thieves has the potential to be their next big hit. Everyone loves a good co-op game these days. Toss in some pirates and how can you not be pumped?

Now, just give it a good release date.

What do you think of Xbox Game Pass? Are you signing up? Would trials of Xbox exclusive games get you to sign up if you are on the fence now?


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