Hold onto your controllers, gamers! Microsoft is set to launch Xbox Game Pass Core tomorrow, rebranding what we once knew as Xbox Live Gold. The best part? The service is coming with a bang, boasting a library of 36 games ready to play on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One right from day one.
A Buffed-Up Game Library
Originally, Microsoft promised more than 25 high-quality games as part of the Game Pass Core membership. Well, they’ve outdone themselves by announcing a total of 36 games that span various genres and styles. From iconic multiplayer experiences like “Among Us” and “Halo 5: Guardians” to single-player adventures such as “Fallout 4,” the service has something for everyone.
For those who enjoy diving into different worlds, you’ll be able to explore Tamriel in “The Elder Scrolls Online” or take a psychological journey with “Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice.” And let’s not forget the cozy farming life in “Stardew Valley” or the roguelike adventures in “Vampire Survivors.”
Here is the full list of games coming tomorrow:
- Among Us
- Dead Cells
- Dishonored 2
- DOOM Eternal Standard Edition
- Fable Anniversary
- Fallout 4
- Fallout 76
- Forza Horizon 4 Standard Edition
- Gang Beasts
- Gears 5 Game of the Year Edition
- Golf with your Friends
- Halo 5: Guardians
- Halo Wars 2
- Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
- Human Fall Flat
- Ori & the Will of the Wisps
- Overcooked! 2
- Payday 2: Crimewave Edition
- Powerwash Simulator
- Psychonauts 2
- Slay the Spire
- Spiritfarer: Farewell Edition
- Stardew Valley
- State of Decay 2: Juggernaut Edition
- The Elder Scrolls Online
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge
- Vampire Survivors
More than Just Games
Rachel Raisin, Product Marketing Manager for Xbox Game Pass, assures fans that the Core membership will continue to offer all the perks that Xbox Live Gold did. This includes the ability to engage in online console multiplayer, snag deals and discounts of up to 50% on select games, and gain access to Free Play Days for certain fully featured games. The price point remains the same, requiring no extra effort to adjust your current subscription.
Stats Don’t Lie
According to the latest statistics, Xbox Game Pass had a staggering 25 million subscribers worldwide as of January 2022. Furthermore, Game Pass subscribers tend to be more engaged, spending 20% more time playing games, exploring 30% more titles, and even shelling out 20% more money on gaming overall. With numbers like these, it’s no surprise that Microsoft is pushing ahead with its new Core offering.
What’s Coming Next?
Microsoft plans to refresh the Game Pass Core library 2-3 times a year. For those who crave more frequent updates, other Game Pass memberships are also available. The company is clearly committed to keeping the platform fresh and exciting for its user base, which spans an impressive 41 different countries.
Takeaways for the Player Community
The introduction of Xbox Game Pass Core signifies more than just a name change. It represents Microsoft’s commitment to delivering a high-quality gaming experience that caters to a diverse array of tastes and preferences. With a robust game library and a slew of added benefits, Game Pass Core is poised to be a game-changer in the subscription service landscape.
So, what will you play first? The stage is set, and the gaming world is watching eagerly as Xbox Game Pass Core prepares to make its grand debut.