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Everything You Need To Know About Xbox Game Pass | Game Rant

Describing Xbox Game Pass as “the Netflix of video games” is already a tired comparison, but frankly, it’s also a perfect summation of how the service works. A monthly subscription nets you digital access to a hefty library of games ranging from indie sensations to triple-A titles, with the only real limitations being your hard drive space, download times, and the catalog itself (which consists of hundreds of games as we speak).

But like any recurring expenditure, it makes absolute sense to want to know everything there is to know about the service before committing your hard-earned dollars, and to stay on top of the latest developments once you have. Here, we’ll tell you everything you need to know — from the pricing structure and subscription options to the latest and greatest games to be added to its expansive selection.

Note that this article does not currently cover Game Pass for PC.

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The process is pretty straightforward, but there are several avenues available, including:

The first (and most common) way is to sign up directly from your Xbox One console, either via a promotional tile on your home screen or by locating it in the Subscriptions section of the Microsoft store.

  1. Navigate to the Microsoft Store.
  2. Select the “Subscriptions” tab (usually located in the topmost group of tiles).
  3. Select the Game Pass tab and proceed as instructed.

Pre-paid codes can also be purchased from retail outlets like GameStop, Best Buy, and the like. After obtaining your code, whether digitally or via a prepaid card:

  1. Navigate to the Microsoft Store on your console.
  2. Select the “Redeem” option, either from the menu on the left-hand side of your screen or from the “Subscriptions” tab.
  3. Enter your code and enjoy!

To sign up directly from your web browser or mobile device, you can visit the official Xbox website right here and select the plan you’re interested in. It’s as simple as signing in and following the prompts provided!

If you need to bow out of an existing subscription, it’s easy to do so right from your console.

  1. Navigate as follows from your Home Screen: Settings > Account > Subscriptions
  2.  Select your Game Pass subscription.
  3. Select “View and manage subscription,” this will launch Microsoft Edge and load you into your Microsoft account page. Alternatively, you can simply log in to your Microsoft account from your device and browser of choice. Steps four and five remain the same regardless.
  4. Under subscriptions, select “Manage.” Under Game Pass/Game Pass Ultimate, select “Manage.” Then click on “Cancel Subscription.
  5. You will be given the option to “Turn off recurring billing,” which is exactly what you’re wanting to do.

Game Pass has three different plans that have multiple subscription models, so there’s something for everyone when it comes to what you’re wanting to get out of the service.

  • Recurring Subscription: $9.99/mo
  • 3-Month Code: $29.99/mo
  • 6-Month Code: $59.99/mo

The core Game Pass model, as one may guess from the tin. The basic Game Pass provides access to a lightly rotated selection of Xbox console games, as well as some member-specific discounts.

  • Recurring Subscription: $14.99/mo*
  • 3-Month Code: $44.99

Game Pass Ultimate is the premier and all-inclusive Game Pass experience. It essentially includes the core Xbox Game Pass, Game Pass for PC, and Xbox Live Gold** in one tidy package.

Ultimate also includes:

  • Access to the games available on EA Play (EA’s own subscription-based service)
  • Member perks that manifest as in-game content and special offers
  • The ability to stream games to your Android phone or device (now in beta)
  • Exclusive discounts and more!

*New subscribers can currently enjoy their first month for just $1.

** Includes all associated benefits, such as Games With Gold. Remaining Xbox Live Gold membership months are converted into Game Pass Ultimate at a reduced conversion ratio.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members also get access to a variety of perks — special offers and bits of exclusive in-game content that rotate out from month to month. They’re time-limited, so it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the selection to ensure that you don’t miss out!

Current as of August 1st, 2021

  • August 2, 2021Apex Legends – Protocol 3 Weapon Charm
  • August 3, 2021 – Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis – July Member Monthly Bonus
  • August 4, 2021NBA 2K21 – NBA 2K21 MyTEAM Bundle
  • August 10, 2021World of Tanks – Might and Metal Pack
  • August 23, 2021Super Animal Royale – Founder’s Edition Pack
  • August 25, 2021DIRT 5 – Power Your Memes Pack
  • August 31, 2021Warframe – Excalibur Jade Bundle
  • September 20, 2021 – SMITE x Stranger Things – Step into the Upside Down
  • September 29, 2021Black Desert – Special Gift Bundle
  • September 30, 2021 – Disney+ – 30 day trial
  • September 30, 2021 – Spellbreak – Chapter 3 Pass
  • October 26, 2021World of Warships: Legends – Navy of the Realm
  • May 3, 2022Spotify Premium – 4 months of ad-free music

Current as of August 1st, 2021

You could always check out our master list for the best games currently on Game Pass, but if you’re looking for a particular style or genre, check these curated lists to get an idea of what you should play next.

  • Alien: Isolation
  • ARK: Survival Evolved
  • The Ascent
  • Astroneer
  • Atomicrops
  • Banjo Kazooie: NnB
  • Banjo-Kazooie
  • Banjo-Tooie
  • The Bard’s Tale ARPG: Remastered And Resnarkled
  • The Bard’s Tale IV: Director’s Cut
  • The Bard’s Tale Trilogy
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Battle Chasers: Nightwar
  • Battlefield 1943
  • Battlefield 3
  • Battlefield 4
  • Battlefield Bad Company 2
  • Battlefield: Bad Company
  • Battlefield 1
  • Battlefield Hardline
  • Battlefield V
  • Battletoads
  • Beholder Complete Edition
  • Bejeweled 2
  • Bejeweled 3
  • Black Desert
  • BLACK
  • Blair Witch
  • Bleeding Edge
  • Blinx: The Time Sweeper
  • Bloodroots
  • Bridge Constructor Portal
  • Brütal Legend
  • Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling
  • Burnout Paradise Remastered
  • Call of the Sea
  • Carrion
  • Carto
  • The Catch: Carp & Coarse Fishing
  • Celeste
  • Children of Morta
  • Cities: Skyline – Xbox One Edition
  • ClusterTruck
  • Code Vein
  • Conan Exiles
  • Control
  • Costume Quest 2
  • Crackdown 3
  • Cricket 19
  • Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge
  • Cris Tales
  • CrossCode
  • Crysis
  • Crysis 2
  • Crysis 3
  • Cyber Shadow
  • Dante’s Inferno
  • The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics
  • The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan
  • Darkest Dungeon
  • Darksiders Genesis
  • Day of the Tentacle Remastered
  • Day Z
  • Dead by Daylight: Special Edition
  • Dead Cells
  • Dead Space
  • Dead Space 2
  • Dead Space 3
  • Dead Space Ignition
  • Deep Rock Galactic
  • Descenders
  • Desperados III
  • Destiny 2
  • Destroy All Humans!
  • Dirt 5
  • Dishonored 2
  • Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
  • Dishonored Definitive Edition
  • Disneyland Adventures
  • Don’t Starve: Giant Edition
  • Donut County
  • DOOM (2016)
  • DOOM: 1993
  • DOOM 3
  • DOOM 64
  • DOOM Eternal
  • DOOM II
  • Double Dragon Neon
  • Double Kick Heroes
  • Dragon Age: Origins
  • Dragon Age 2
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • Dragon Quest Builders 2
  • Dragon Quest XIS: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition
  • Drake Hollow
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance
  • EA Sports FIFA 20
  • EA Sports Rory McIlroy PGA Tour
  • EA Sports UFC
  • EA Sports UFC 2
  • EA Sports UFC 3
  • Eastshade
  • eFootball PES 2021
  • The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
  • The Elder Scroll IV: Oblivion
  • Elite Dangerous
  • Empire of Sin
  • Enter the Gungeon
  • The Evil Within
  • The Evil Within 2
  • F1 2019
  • Fable Anniversary
  • Fable II
  • Fable III
  • The Falconeer
  • Fallout 3
  • Fallout 4
  • Fallout 76
  • Fallout: New Vegas
  • Farming Simulator 19
  • Fe
  • Feeding Frenzy
  • Feeding Frenzy 2
  • FIFA 19
  • FIFA 21
  • Fight Night Champion
  • Final Fantasy IX
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Final Fantasy VIII Remastered
  • Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
  • Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age
  • Five Nights At Freddy’s
  • Five Nights At Freddy’s 2
  • Five Nights At Freddy’s 3
  • Five Nights At Freddy’s 4
  • Football Manager 2021 Xbox Edition
  • For Honor
  • Forager
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Forza Motorsports 7
  • Frostpunk: Console Edition
  • Full Throttle Remastered
  • Fuzion Frenzy
  • Gang Beasts
  • The Gardens Between
  • Gears 5
  • Gears of War
  • Gears of War 2
  • Gears of War 3
  • Gears of War 4
  • Gears of War Judgment
  • Gears of War Ultimate Edition
  • Gears Tactics
  • Genesis Noir
  • Goat Simulator
  • Going Under
  • Golf With Your Friends
  • Gonner2
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • GreedFall
  • Grim Fandango Remastered
  • Grounded (Game Preview)
  • Guacamelee! 2
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Halo Wars 2
  • Halo Wars: Definitive Edition
  • Halo: Spartan Assault
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection
  • Haven
  • Heavy Weapon
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • Hello Neighbor
  • Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition
  • Hotshot Racing
  • Human Fall Flat
  • Hypnospace Outlaw
  • Ikenfell
  • Immortal Realms: Vampire Wars
  • Injustice 2
  • It Lurks Below
  • Jetpac Refuelled
  • Joy Ride Turbo
  • Jurassic World Evolution
  • Just Cause 4
  • Kameo
  • Katana Zero XB1
  • Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition
  • Killer Queen Black
  • Kingdom Hearts III
  • Knights And Bikes
  • Knockout City
  • Last Stop
  • Lethal League Blaze
  • Limbo
  • The Little Acre
  • Lonely Mountains: Downhill
  • The Long Dark
  • Madden NFL 19
  • Madden NFL 20
  • Madden NFL 21
  • Maneater
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite
  • Mass Effect
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda
  • Max: The Curse of Brotherhood
  • MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries
  • Medal of Honor Airborne
  • The Medium
  • The Messenger
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator: Standard Edition
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War
  • Minecraft
  • Minecraft Dungeons
  • Mirror’s Edge
  • Mirror’s Edge Catalyst
  • MLB The Show 21
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Monster Sanctuary
  • Monster Train
  • Moonlighter
  • Morkredd
  • MotoGP 20
  • Mount & Blade: Warband
  • My Time At Portia
  • Narita Boy
  • NBA 2K21
  • NBA Live 19
  • Need For Speed Rivals
  • Need For Speed
  • Need For Speed Heat
  • Need For Speed Payback
  • Neon Abyss
  • Neoverse
  • New Super Lucky’s Tale
  • NHL 20
  • NHL 21
  • NHL 94 REWIND
  • NieR:Automata BECOME AS GODS Edition
  • Night in the Woods
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Nowhere Prophet
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Omno
  • Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Outer Wilds
  • The Outer Worlds
  • Outlast 2
  • Outriders
  • Overcooked! 2
  • Pandemic: The Board Game
  • PAYDAY 2: Crimewave Edition
  • Peggle
  • Peggle 2
  • Perfect Dark
  • Perfect Dark Zero
  • PHOGS!
  • Pikuniku
  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire – Ultimate Edition
  • Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition
  • A Plague Tale: Innocence
  • Planet Coaster: Console Edition
  • Plants Vs. Zombies
  • Plants Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare
  • Plants Vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville
  • Plants Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  • Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
  • Prey
  • Project Winter
  • Psychonauts
  • Quantum Break
  • RAGE
  • RAGE 2
  • Rain on Your Parade
  • Raji: An Ancient Epic
  • Rare Replay
  • ReCore
  • Red Dead Online
  • Remnant: From the Ashes
  • Resident Evil 7 Biohazard
  • River City Girls
  • Rocket Arena
  • Rush: A DisneyPixar Adventure
  • Ryse: Son of Rome
  • ScourgeBringer
  • ScreamRide
  • Sea of Solitude
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Second Extinction (Game Preview)
  • Secret Neighbor
  • Shadow Warrior 2
  • The Sims 4
  • Skate 3
  • Slay the Spire
  • Slime Rancher
  • Sniper Elite 4
  • SnowRunner
  • SOULCALIBUR VI
  • Spiritfarer
  • SSX
  • Star Renegades
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  • Star Wars Battlefront
  • Star Wars Battlefront II
  • Star Wars Squadrons
  • State of Decay 2: Juggernaut Edition
  • State of Decay: Year-One
  • Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones
  • STEEP
  • Stellaris: Console Edition
  • Stranger Things 3: The Game
  • Streets of Rage 4
  • Streets of Rogue
  • Subnautica
  • Sunset Overdrive
  • SUPERHOT: Mind Control Delete
  • Supraland
  • The Surge 2
  • Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition
  • Tell Me Why: Chapters 1-3
  • Terraria
  • Tetris Effect: Connected
  • theHunter: Call of the Wild
  • Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales
  • Titanfall
  • Titanfall 2
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Deluxe Edition
  • Torchlight III
  • Totally Accurate Battle Simulator (Game Preview)
  • Totally Reliable Delivery Service
  • Touhou Luna Nights
  • The Touryst
  • Trailmakers
  • Train Sim World 2020
  • Tropico 6
  • Two Point Hospital
  • UFC 4
  • UnderMine
  • Undertale
  • Unravel
  • Unravel Two
  • Unruly Heroes
  • Unto the End
  • Viva Piñata
  • Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise
  • The Walking Dead: A New Frontier – The Complete Season
  • The Walking Dead: Michonne – The Complete Season
  • The Walking Dead: Season 2
  • The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season
  • Warhammer: Vermintide 2
  • Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut
  • Wasteland 3
  • Wasteland Remastered
  • A Way Out
  • We Happy Few
  • What Remains of Edith Finch
  • The Wild At Heart
  • Wilmot’s Warehouse
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order
  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood
  • World War Z
  • Worms W.M.D.
  • Wreckfest
  • Xeno Crisis
  • Yakuza 0
  • Yakuza 3 Remastered
  • Yakuza 4 Remastered
  • Yakuza 5 Remastered
  • Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
  • Yakuza Kiwami
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon
  • The Yakuza Remastered Collection
  • Yes, Your Grace
  • Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair
  • Zombie Army 4: Dead War
  • Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection
  • Zuma
  • Zuma’s Revenge
  • Lemnis Gate – August 3rd, 2021
  • Hades – August 13th, 2021
  • Psychonauts 2 – August 25th, 2021
  • Aragmami 2 – September 17th, 2021
  • Back 4 Blood – October 12th, 2021
  • Forza Horizon 5 Standard Edition – November 9th, 2021
  • STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl – April 28th, 2022
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Halo Infinite
  • As Dusk Falls
  • Avowed
  • Fable
  • Forza Motorsport
  • The Gunk
  • Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis
  • State of Decay 3
  • Warhammer 40,000: Darktide
  • Art of the Rally
  • Astria Ascending
  • Backbone
  • Boyfriend Dungeon
  • Craftopia
  • Dead Static Drive
  • Edge of Eternity
  • Hello Neighbor 2
  • Library of Ruina
  • Little Witch in the Woods
  • Moonglow Bay
  • Nobody Saves The World
  • Recompile
  • Sable
  • She Dreams Elsewhere
  • Undungeon
  • Way to the Woods

You will lose access to that game. However, your saved data and progress should remain intact. Game Pass subscribers will also frequently have the benefit of purchasing games leaving the service with an exclusive discount. So if your new favorite game is making an exit, you can still buy it permanently while saving some money.

Game Pass quests are essentially achievements that generate Microsoft rewards points. The tasks range from earning a specific achievement within a game to simply booting up a Game Pass game on a daily basis. Microsoft rewards points can be cashed in for gift cards, Microsoft store credit, or if you save enough, additional free months for your Game Pass subscription.

The “Quests” panel can be accessed from your Game Pass menu.

Depends on the context. You can share it across accounts on your home console.

Yes. Microsoft offers a “Buy as Gift” option on its website.

When you activate a Game Pass Ultimate subscription while your Xbox Live Gold subscription is live, your remaining Xbox Live Gold subscription is converted into Game Pass Ultimate via a conversion ratio. This is particularly handy when taking advantage of the initial $1 entry fee, as your remaining Xbox Live Gold months are converted at no additional charge. However, keep in mind this only applies to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and not Xbox Game Pass.

NEXT: Xbox Game Pass is a Great Option When in a ‘Gaming Funk’

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