As well as Xbox Live Gold, which is mandatory for online gaming, Microsoft offers a separate monthly subscription service for gamers: Xbox Game Pass.

It gives you access to more than 200 games to play on your Xbox One for one monthly fee. And, unlike the company's forthcoming Project xCloud or the main purpose of PlayStation Now, it isn't a cloud service so you don't have to rely on your own broadband speeds to play.

Well, not to stream anyway, because you'll still need to download the games. However, once downloaded, you have complete access to a game as long as you continue to pay the monthly fee.

You can even use some of the included games on a Windows 10 PC, through Xbox Play Anywhere. It's only a handful at present, but the cross-platform games list is expanding all the time and there is talk of a full PC version in future.

For now, it is mainly for Xbox One and here's our handy guide, with details such as price, availability and the games currently on the platform. Hopefully it will give you everything you need to know about Xbox Game Pass.

What is Xbox Game Pass?

Xbox Game Pass is a monthly subscription service that provides access to over 200 games, curated by the Xbox team. You can download and play them as often as you like, as long as you continue to pay the monthly fee. Some of them might also become unavailable as new titles are added, but you also have the option of buying any of the collection outright at special, member-exclusive prices.

Xbox One, Xbox 360 and original Xbox games are part of the line-up, the latter two through backwards compatibility, and considering 2K, Capcom, Warner Bros and Microsoft's own studio are among the publishers and developers signed up, there are plenty of top titles to choose from.

In addition, Microsoft adds day-and-date releases of its own games. You can download and play Forza Horizon 4, Sea of Thieves and State of Decay 2, for example - the exact same games also released in stores.

It is available to Xbox One, Xbox One S and Xbox One X owners. Plus Windows 10 PC owners who are happy to pay for a reduced list of compatible games.

How much does Xbox Game Pass cost?

Xbox Games Pass is priced at £7.99 a month. You can occasionally find deals too, such as this one that charges just £2.99 for one month's membership in the UK.

You can sign up for a 14-day free trial to try it before payment starts from xbox.com/game-pass.

You can cancel after the 14-days are up or at any time during your membership.

Is Xbox Game Pass available now?

Xbox Game Pass is available to all Xbox One, Xbox One S and Xbox One X gamers now. You just need an Xbox Live account.

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What games are part of Xbox Game Pass?

Xbox Game Pass will always offer more than 100 games, made up of 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:

Xbox One games on Xbox One Game Pass (as of 25 October 2018)

  • #IDARB
  • >Observer_
  • Abzu
  • Aven Colony
  • Bomber Crew
  • Brothers
  • Casey Powell Lacrosse 16
  • Cities: Skylines - Xbox One Edition
  • ClusterTruck
  • Costume Quest 2
  • D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die
  • Dandara
  • Darksiders Warmastered Edition
  • Darksiders II Deathfinitive Edition
  • Dead Island Definitive Edition
  • Dead Island: Riptide Definitive Edition
  • Dead Rising 2
  • Dead Rising 3
  • Deadlight Director's Cut
  • Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition
  • Dirt 4
  • Disneyland Adventures
  • DmC Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition
  • Doom
  • Dovetail Games Euro Fishing
  • Electronic Super Joy
  • F1 2015
  • Fallout 4
  • Farming Simulator 15
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Gears of War 4
  • Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
  • Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams - Director's Cut
  • Graveyard Keeper
  • Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Halo Wars: Definitive Edition
  • Halo Wars 2
  • Halo: Spartan Assault
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection
  • Hello Neighbour
  • Hitman (Episodes 1 - 6, plus Summer Bonus Episode)
  • Homefront: The Revolution
  • Hue
  • Human Fall Flat
  • Inner Space
  • JumpJet Rex
  • Kingdom: New Lands
  • Knight Squad
  • KYUB
  • Laser League
  • Late Shift
  • Layers of Fear
  • Letter Quest: Grimm's Journey Remastered
  • Limbo
  • Lumo
  • Manual Samuel
  • Massive Chalice
  • Max: The Curse of Brotherhood
  • Mega Coin Squad
  • Mega Man Legacy Collection
  • Mega Man Legacy Collection 2
  • Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
  • Metro 2033 Redux
  • Metro: Last Light Redux
  • MotoGP 17
  • NBA Playgrounds
  • Next Up Hero
  • Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty
  • OlliOlli
  • OnRush
  • Outlast
  • Oxenfree
  • Payday 2: Crimewave Edition
  • Portal Knights
  • Pumped BMX +
  • Quantum Break
  • ReCore
  • Resident Evil
  • Resident Evil 0
  • Resident Evil Revelations 2 (Episodes 1 - 4)
  • Rime
  • Riptide GP Renegade
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Robocraft Infinity
  • Rocket League
  • Roundabout
  • Ruiner
  • Rush: A DisneyPixar Adventure
  • Ryse: Son of Rome
  • Saints Row IV: Re-Elected
  • ScreamRide
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Shadow Complex Remastered
  • Shadow Warrior
  • Shantae and the Pirate's Curse
  • Shantae: Half-Genie Hero
  • Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter
  • Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption
  • Sky Force Anniversary
  • Sky Force Reloaded
  • Snake Pass
  • State of Decay 2
  • State of Decay: Year-One
  • Steredenn: Binary Stars
  • Sunset Overdrive
  • Super Lucky's Tale
  • Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings
  • Super Time Force
  • Terraria
  • The Book of Unwritten Tales 2
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited
  • The Escapists
  • The Escapists: The Walking Dead
  • The Final Station
  • The Flame in the Flood
  • The Golf Club
  • The Swapper
  • The Techmomancer
  • TheHunter: Call of the Wild
  • This War of Mine: The Little Ones
  • Tom Clancy's The Division
  • Unmechanical: Extended
  • Warhammer: Vermintide 2
  • Wasteland 2: Director's Cut
  • Westerado: Double Barreled
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order
  • World of Van Helsing: Deathtrap
  • Zombie Army Trilogy
  • Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection

Xbox 360 backward compatibility games on Xbox Game Pass

  • A Kingdom for Keflings
  • A World of Keflings
  • Alien Hominid HD
  • Banjo-Kazooie
  • Banjo Kazooie: N n B
  • Banjo-Tooie
  • BattleBlock Theater
  • Bayonetta
  • Braid
  • Castlestorm
  • Comic Jumper
  • Defense Grid: The Awakening
  • Double Dragon Neon
  • Fable Anniversary
  • Fable II
  • Fable III
  • Fallout 3
  • Garou Mow
  • Gears of War
  • Gears of War 2
  • Gears of War 3
  • Gears of War: Judgment
  • Grid 2
  • Hexic
  • Hydro Thunder
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us
  • Iron Brigade
  • Jetpac Refuelled
  • Joe Danger Special Edition
  • Joe Danger 2: The Movie
  • Joy Ride Turbo
  • Kameo
  • King of Fighters 98: Ultimate Match
  • Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga
  • Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures
  • Mass Effect
  • Mega Man 9
  • Mega Man 10
  • Metal Slug 3
  • Metal Slug XX
  • Monday Night Combat
  • Ms Splosion Man
  • MX vs ATV Reflex
  • N+
  • Perfect Dark Zero
  • Rage
  • Sacred Citadel
  • Samurai Shodown II
  • Sonic & Knuckles
  • Sonic CD
  • Spelunky
  • Split/Second
  • Splosion Man
  • Stacking
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
  • Super Streetfighter IV Arcade Edition
  • Tecmo Bowl Throwback
  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
  • The Maw
  • Toy Soliders
  • Toy Soldiers: Cold War
  • Viva Piñata
  • Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise

Original Xbox backward compatibility games on Xbox Game Pass

  • Fuzion Frenzy
  • Ninja Gaiden Black
  • Star Wars - Knights of the Old Republic