The Alpha testing phase for Microsoft’s new game subscription service for Xbox One and Xbox 360 games is ending April 28th, 2017.
Earlier this year the Head of Xbox, Phill Spencer, announced that Microsoft was introducing a new subscription service that would allow Xbox One players access over one hundred Xbox One and Xbox 360 titles for one monthly fee. The Xbox Game Pass would allow players to download and play the 360 titles in full fidelity for only $9.99 USD a month along with other perks such as discounts on Xbox One titles. A select group of Xbox One players have been testing the service since the announcement in February but now Microsoft is closing the programs Alpha test April 28th.
According to Gamespot, Xbox Insider app reveals Microsoft’s parting words for the Alpha.
“Thank you for participating in the Xbox Game Pass Alpha Preview. Your feedback has been invaluable and will make the service better for all gamers…. We’re getting close to launch and Xbox Game Pass will be available for all gamers later this Spring.”
There is still a week left in the Alpha so there is still plenty of time to try the service if you are an Xbox Insider, in fact, Microsoft sent out a new wave of invites as late as last week. The service is due to go live for all Xbox One owners in Spring and will feature titles from a wide range of genres including fan-favorites like Halo 5: Guardians, Payday 2, NBA 2K16, and LEGO Batman. Xbox Gold Members will receive early access, however, Microsoft says that the two services are separate and each offer distinct benefits for players.
The Xbox Game Pass sets itself apart of its Sony rival, PlayStation Now by allowing players to download games directly to their console rather than stream them. This circumvents the risk of interruptions due to connectivity issues. PlayStation Now, which was launched in 2014 and features over 400 available titles, also allows players to play many PS3 games on their PS4, and even on their Windows PC but streams the games to console.