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(Pocket-lint) - Microsoft has a couple of subscription services for owners of the Xbox One, Xbox Series X or Series S.

Xbox Live Gold is a monthly membership plan that is required for online play and, while it gives you a couple of free games a month, that's its primary purpose.

On the other hand, Xbox Game Pass is the firm's service that gives you access to hundreds of games for just one monthly fee.

They can each be paid for separately, but the best news is that you can get both, plus Xbox Game Pass for PC, EA Play, Cloud Gaming and access to exclusive game discounts for a single, cheaper price.

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Here's everything you need to know about Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

What is Xbox Game Pass and Game Pass Ultimate?

Xbox Games Pass gives you access to well over 300 games to download and play on your Xbox One or Xbox Series X/S for one monthly fee.

If you upgrade to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you also get Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Game Pass for PC, EA Play and access to Xbox's Cloud Gaming service (formerly called Project xCloud), all for the same price.

You can download the games and play them as often as you like, as long as you continue to pay the monthly fee. Some titles might become unavailable as others are added, but you also have the option of buying any of the collection outright at discounted prices.

Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and original Xbox games are part of the line-up, the latter two through backward compatibility, so there are plenty of top titles to choose from.

Microsoft adds releases of its own and many third-party games on the same day they are released in stores. This will include Halo Infinite and Bethesda's new, forthcoming sci-fi RPG, Starfield.

The included Xbox Live Gold also gives subscribers exclusive discounts on many games on the Xbox Store.

How much does Xbox Game Pass Ultimate cost?

Xbox Games Pass Ultimate is priced at $14.99/£10.99 a month. You can cancel at any time.

As mentioned, it includes Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Games Pass for PC and EA Play. Plus, Microsoft's cloud service, Cloud Gaming, is part of Ultimate at no extra cost.

The standard console-only version of Games Pass doesn't include Gold, EA Play, Cloud Gaming or the PC version. It costs $9.99/£7.99 a month. It's the same price for the PC-only version when subscribed to separately. Ultimate is clearly the better deal.

What games are part of Xbox Game Pass?

Xbox Game Pass will always offer more than 300 games, made up of Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and original Xbox backward compatible titles.

Some might be switched in future for other games, but here is the current list of all the games that are currently available:

All the Xbox One & Series X/S games on Game Pass (as of 23 June 2021):

Note, Xbox Series X/S versions of games (as marked) will run on Xbox One too, but will have enhancements on the next-gen consoles. Some games will also feature Xbox's Auto HDR and/or FPS Boost technologies.

  • A Plague Tale: Innocence
  • A Way Out **
  • Alien: Isolation
  • Anthem **
  • Aragami 2 - coming 17 August 2021
  • ARK: Survival Evolved (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Assetto Corsa
  • Astroneer
  • Back 4 Blood - coming 12 October 2021
  • Backbone
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  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Battle Chasers: Nightwar
  • Battlefield 1 **
  • Battlefield 4 **
  • Battlefield V **
  • Battlefield Hardline **
  • Battletoads
  • Beholder Complete Edition
  • Black Desert
  • Blair Witch
  • Bleeding Edge
  • Bridge Constructor Portal
  • Burnout Paradise Remastered **
  • Call of the Sea (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Carrion
  • Carto
  • Celeste
  • Children of Morta
  • Cities: Skylines
  • ClusterTruck
  • Code Vein
  • Conan Exiles (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Control
  • Costume Quest 2
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  • Crackdown 3
  • Cricket 19
  • CrossCode (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Cyber Shadow
  • Darkest Dungeon
  • Darksiders Genesis
  • Day of the Tentacle Remastered
  • DayZ
  • Dead By Daylight: Special Edition (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Dead Cells
  • Deep Rock Galactic
  • Descenders (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Desperados III (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Destiny 2 (plus Forsaken, Shadowkeep and Beyond Light expansions) (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Destroy All Humans
  • Dirt 5 (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Dishonored: Definitive Edition
  • Dishonored 2
  • Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
  • Disneyland Adventures
  • Don't Starve: Giant Edition
  • Donut County
  • Doom (1993)
  • Doom (2016)
  • Doom II
  • Doom 3
  • Doom 64
  • Doom Eternal
  • Double Kick Heroes
  • Dragon Age Inquisition **
  • Dragon Quest Builders 2
  • Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition
  • Drake Hollow
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance
  • Earthshade
  • eFootball PES 2021 Season Update
  • Elite Dangerous
  • Empire of Sin
  • Enter The Gungeon
  • F1 2019
  • Fallout 4
  • Fallout 76
  • Fe **
  • FIFA 15 **
  • FIFA 16 **
  • FIFA 17 **
  • FIFA 18 **
  • FIFA 19 **
  • FIFA 20 **
  • FIFA 21 ** (Xbox Series X/S)
  • 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: Original Series (1 - 4)
  • Football Manager 2021 Xbox Edition (Xbox Series X/S)
  • For Honor (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Forager
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  • Forza Horizon 4 (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Forza Horizon 5 (Xbox Series X/S) - coming 9 November 2021
  • Forza Motorsport 7
  • Frostpunk: Console Edition
  • Full Throttle Remastered
  • Gears 5 Game of the Year Edition (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Gears of War 4
  • Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
  • Gears Tactics (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Genesis Noir
  • Goat Simulator
  • Golf With Your Friends
  • Gonner2 (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • GreedFall
  • Grim Fandango Remastered
  • Grounded (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Guacamelee! 2
  • Hades - coming 13 August 2021
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  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Halo Infinite (Xbox Series X/S) - coming Holiday 2021
  • Halo Wars 2
  • Halo Wars: Definitive Edition
  • Halo: Spartan Assault
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Haven (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
  • Hello Neighbour
  • Hello Neighbour 2 - coming "2021"
  • Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition
  • Hotshot Racing
  • Human Fall Flat (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Hypnospace Outlaw
  • Ikenfell
  • Injustice 2
  • It Lurks Below
  • Jurassic World Evolution
  • Just Cause 4: Reloaded
  • Katana Zero
  • Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition
  • Killer Queen Black
  • Kingdom Hearts - HD 1.5+2.5 Remix
  • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue
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  • Kingdom Hearts III
  • Knights and Bikes
  • Knockout City ** (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Lonely Mountains: Downhill
  • Madden NFL 15 **
  • Madden NFL 16 **
  • Madden NFL 17 **
  • Madden NFL 18 **
  • Madden NFL 19 **
  • Madden NFL 20 **
  • Madden NFL 21 ** (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Madden NFL 25 **
  • Maneater (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda **
  • Max: The Curse of Brotherhood
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator (Xbox Series X/S) - coming 27 July 2021
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War
  • Minecraft
  • Minecraft Dungeons (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Mirror's Edge Catalyst **
  • MLB The Show 21 (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Monster Sanctuary
  • Moonlighter
  • Morkredd (Xbox Series X/S)
  • MotoGP 20
  • Mount & Blade: Warband
  • My Time At Portia
  • Narita Boy
  • NBA Live 18 **
  • NBA Live 19 **
  • NBA 2K21
  • Need for Speed **
  • Need for Speed Heat **
  • Need for Speed Payback **
  • Need for Speed Rivals **
  • Neon Abyss
  • Neoverse
  • New Super Lucky's Tale
  • NHL 18 **
  • NHL 19 **
  • NHL 20 **
  • NHL 21 **
  • NHL 94 Rewind **
  • NieR: Automata Become as Gods Edition
  • Night in the Woods
  • No Man's Sky (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Nowhere Prophet
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
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  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Outer Wilds
  • Outlast 2
  • Outriders (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Overcooked! 2
  • Pandemic: The Board Game
  • Payday 2: Crimewave Edition
  • Peggle 2 **
  • Phogs!
  • Pikuniku
  • Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition
  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire - Ultimate Edition
  • Planet Coaster: Console Edition (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville **
  • Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare **
  • Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2 **
  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)
  • Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
  • Prey
  • Project Winter
  • Psychonauts 2 - coming 25 August 2021
  • Quantum Break
  • Rage 2
  • Rain on Your Parade
  • Rare Replay
  • ReCore: Definitive Edition
  • Red Dead Online
  • Remnant: From the Ashes
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  • Resident Evil 7 biohazard
  • River City Girls
  • Rocket Arena **
  • Rory McIlroy PGA Tour **
  • Rush: A DisneyPixar Adventure
  • Ryse: Son of Rome
  • Sable - coming 23 September 2021
  • Scorn - coming Fall 2021
  • ScourgeBringer
  • ScreamRide
  • Sea of Solitude
  • Sea of Thieves (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Second Extinction (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Secret Neighbour
  • Shadow Warrior 2
  • Shredders - coming December 2021
  • Slay The Spire
  • Slime Rancher
  • Sniper Elite 4
  • Soulcalibur VI
  • Spiritfarer
  • Star Renegades
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  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order ** (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Star Wars Battlefront **
  • Star Wars Battlefront II **
  • Star Wars: Squadrons ** (Xbox Series X/S)
  • State of Decay 2: Juggernaut Edition (Xbox Series X/S)
  • State of Decay: Year-One
  • Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones
  • Steep
  • Stellaris: Console Edition (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Stranger Things 3: The Game
  • Streets of Rage 4
  • Streets of Rogue
  • Subnautica (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Sunset Overdrive
  • Super Lucky's Tale
  • Superhot: Mind Control Delete (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Supraland
  • Surviving Mars
  • Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition
  • Tell Me Why: Chapters 1-3
  • Terraria
  • Tetris Effect: Connected (Xbox Series X/S)
  • The Annacrusis - coming Fall 2021
  • The Ascent - coming 29 July 2021
  • The Bard's Tale ARPG: Remastered and Resparkled
  • The Bard's Tale IV: Director's Cut
  • The Bard's Tale Trilogy
  • The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics
  • The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
  • The Evil Within
  • The Evil Within 2
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  • The Falconeer (Xbox Series X/S)
  • The Gardens Between
  • The Gunk - coming "2021"
  • The Little Acre
  • The Long Dark
  • The Medium (Xbox Series X/S only)
  • The Messenger
  • The Outer Worlds
  • The Sims 4 **
  • The Surge 2
  • The Touryst (Xbox Series X/S)
  • The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season
  • The Walking Dead: Season Two
  • The Walking Dead: Michonne - The Complete Season
  • The Walking Dead: A New Frontier - The Complete Season (Episodes 1 - 5)
  • The Wild at Heart (Xbox Series X/S)
  • The Yakuza Remastered Collection
  • TheHunter: Call of the Wild
  • Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales
  • Titanfall **
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  • Titanfall 2 **
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege Deluxe Edition (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Torchlight III
  • Totally Accurate Battle Simulator (Game Preview)
  • Totally Reliable Delivery Service
  • Touhou Luna Nights
  • Trailmakers
  • Train Sim World 2020
  • Twelve Minutes - coming 19 August 2021
  • Two Point Hospital
  • UFC **
  • UFC 2 **
  • UFC 3 **
  • Undermine
  • Undertale
  • Unravel **
  • Unravel Two **
  • Unruly Heroes
  • Unto The End
  • Void Bastards
  • Warhammer: Vermintide 2 (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Wasteland 2: Director's Cut
  • Wasteland 3
  • Wasteland Remastered
  • We Happy Few (Xbox Series X/S)
  • What Remains of Edith Finch
  • Wilmot's Warehouse
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order
  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
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  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood
  • World War Z
  • Worms Rumble (Xbox Series X/S)
  • 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 (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Yes, Your Grace (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair
  • Zombie Army 4: Dead War (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection

All the Xbox 360 backward compatibility games on Game Pass:

  • Alice: Madness Returns **
  • Banjo-Kazooie
  • Banjo Kazooie: N n B
  • Banjo-Tooie
  • Battlefield 1943 **
  • Battlefield 3 **
  • Battlefield: Bad Company **
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2 **
  • Bejeweled 2 **
  • Bejeweled 3 **
  • Brutal Legend **
  • Crysis **
  • Crysis 2 **
  • Crysis 3 **
  • Dante's Inferno **
  • Dead Space **
  • Dead Space 2 **
  • Dead Space 3 **
  • Dead Space Ignition **
  • Double Dragon Neon
  • Dragon Age: Origins **
  • Dragon Age 2 **
  • Fable Anniversary
  • Fable II
  • Fable III
  • Fallout 3
  • Fallout: New Vegas
  • Feeding Frenzy **
  • Feeding Frenzy 2 **
  • Fight Night Champion **
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  • Gears of War
  • Gears of War 2
  • Gears of War 3
  • Gears of War: Judgment
  • Heavy Weapon **
  • Jetpac Refuelled
  • Joy Ride Turbo
  • Kameo
  • Mass Effect **
  • Mass Effect 2 **
  • Mass Effect 3 **
  • Medal of Honor Airborne **
  • Mirror's Edge **
  • Peggle **
  • Perfect Dark
  • Perfect Dark Zero
  • Plants vs Zombies **
  • Rage
  • Skate 3 **
  • SSX **
  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
  • Viva Piñata
  • Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise
  • Zuma **
  • Zuma's Revenge! **

All the original Xbox backward compatibility games on Game Pass:

  • Black **
  • Fuzion Frenzy
  • Psychonauts
  • The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

** included as part of EA Play for Ultimate subscribers only.

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Writing by Rik Henderson.