(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 also get both, plus Xbox Game Pass for PC, EA Play, xCloud gaming and access to exclusive game discounts for a much 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?

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 games as soon as they are made available in the shops.

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

How much does Xbox Game Pass 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, more recently, EA Play. Plus, Microsoft's cloud service, xCloud Gaming, is part of Ultimate at no extra cost.

The standard console-only version of Games Pass doesn't include Gold, EA Play, xCloud 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 3 February 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.

  • A Plague Tale: Innocence
  • A Way Out **
  • Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
  • Alien: Isolation
  • Alvastia Chronicles
  • Anthem **
  • ARK: Survival Evolved (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Assetto Corsa
  • Astroneer
Warner Bros Entertainment / Batman
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Battle Chasers: Nightwar
  • Battlefield 1 **
  • Battlefield 4 **
  • Battlefield V **
  • Battlefield Hardline **
  • Battletoads
  • Beholder Complete Edition
  • Black Desert
  • Blair Witch
  • Bleeding Edge
  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
  • Bridge Constructor Portal
  • Burnout Paradise Remastered **
  • Call of the Sea
  • Carrion
  • Carto
  • Celeste
  • Children of Morta
  • Cities: Skylines
  • ClusterTruck
  • Code Vein
  • Control
  • Costume Quest 2
Xbox
  • Crackdown 3
  • Cricket 19
  • CrossCode (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Cyber Shadow
  • Darksiders Genesis
  • Day of the Tentacle Remastered
  • DayZ
  • de Blob - leaving 15 February 2021
  • Dead By Daylight: Special Edition (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Dead Cells
  • Deep Rock Galactic
  • Deliver Us The Moon
  • Descenders
  • Desperados III (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Destiny 2 (plus Forsaken, Shadowkeep and Beyond Light expansions)
  • Dirt 4
  • Dishonored 2
  • Disneyland Adventures
  • Don't Starve: Giant Edition
  • Donut County
  • Doom Eternal
  • Double Kick Heroes
  • Dragon Age Inquisition **
  • Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition
  • Drake Hollow
  • Dungeon of the Endless
  • Earthshade
  • eFootball PES 2021 Season Update
  • Enter The Gungeon
  • F1 2019
  • Fallout 76
  • Fe **
  • FIFA 15 **
  • FIFA 16 **
  • FIFA 17 **
  • FIFA 18 **
  • FIFA 19 **
  • FIFA 20 **
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Final Fantasy VIII Remastered
  • Final Fantasy IX
  • Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age - from 11 February 2021
  • Five Nights at Freddy's: Original Series (1 - 4)
  • For the King
  • Forager
Xbox
  • Forza Horizon 4 (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Forza Motorsport 7
  • Fractured Minds
  • Frostpunk: Console Edition
  • Full Throttle Remastered
  • Gato Roboto
  • Gears 5 Game of the Year Edition
  • Gears of War 4
  • Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
  • Gears Tactics
  • Goat Simulator
  • Golf With Your Friends
  • Gonner2 (Xbox Series X/S)
  • GreedFall
  • Grim Fandango Remastered
  • Grounded
  • Guacamelee! 2
343 Industries
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Halo Wars 2
  • Halo Wars: Definitive Edition
  • Halo: Spartan Assault
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Haven
  • Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
  • Hello Neighbour
  • Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition
  • Hotshot Racing
  • Human Fall Flat
  • HyperDot
  • Hypnospace Outlaw
  • Ikenfell
  • Injustice 2
  • It Lurks Below
  • Journey to the Savage Planet
  • Jurassic World Evolution - from 11 February 2021
  • Katana Zero
  • Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition
  • Kingdom Hearts - HD 1.5+2.5 Remix
  • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue
Square Enix
  • Kingdom Hearts III
  • Knights and Bikes
  • Kona
  • Levelhead
  • Lonely Mountains: Downhill
  • Madden NFL 15 **
  • Madden NFL 16 **
  • Madden NFL 17 **
  • Madden NFL 18 **
  • Madden NFL 19 **
  • Madden NFL 20 **
  • Madden NFL 25 **
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda **
  • Max: The Curse of Brotherhood
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War
  • Minecraft
  • Minecraft Dungeons
  • Mirror's Edge Catalyst **
  • Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Monster Sanctuary
  • Monster Train
  • Moonlighter
  • Morkredd
  • MotoGP 20
  • Mount & Blade: Warband
  • Moving Out
  • My Time At Portia
  • NBA Live 18 **
  • NBA Live 19 **
  • 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 94 Rewind **
  • NieR: Automata Become as Gods Edition
  • Night Call
  • Night in the Woods
  • No Man's Sky (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Nowhere Prophet
  • Observation
  • Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
Moon Studios
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Outer Wilds
  • Overcooked! 2
  • Oxenfree
  • Pandemic: The Board Game
  • Payday 2: Crimewave Edition
  • Peggle 2 **
  • Phogs
  • Pikuniku
  • Pillars of Eternity: Complete 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
  • Project Winter - from 4 February 2021
  • Quantum Break
  • Rage 2
  • Rare Replay
  • ReCore: Definitive Edition
  • Remnant: From the Ashes
Capcom
  • Resident Evil 7 biohazard
  • River City Girls
  • Rocket Arena **
  • Rory McIlroy PGA Tour **
  • Rush: A DisneyPixar Adventure
  • Ryse: Son of Rome
  • ScourgeBringer
  • ScreamRide
  • Sea of Solitude
  • Sea of Thieves (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Secret Neighbour
  • Shadow Warrior 2
  • Slay The Spire
  • Slime Rancher
  • Sniper Elite 4
  • Soulcalibur VI
  • Spiritfarer
  • Star Renegades
EA Play
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order **
  • Star Wars Battlefront **
  • Star Wars Battlefront II **
  • State of Decay 2: Juggernaut Edition (Xbox Series X/S)
  • State of Decay: Year-One
  • Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones - from 11 February 2021
  • Stellaris: Console Edition
  • Stranger Things 3: The Game
  • Streets of Rage 4
  • Streets of Rogue
  • Subnautica
  • Sunset Overdrive
  • Super Lucky's Tale
  • Superhot: Mind Control Delete
  • Supraland
  • Surviving Mars
  • Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition
  • Tell Me Why: Chapters 1-3
  • Terraria
  • Tetris Effect: Connected (Xbox Series X/S)
  • 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: Tamriel Unlimited
Wired Productions
  • The Falconeer (Xbox Series X/S) - from 4 February 2021
  • The Gardens Between
  • The Jackbox Party Pack 4
  • 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)
CD Projekt RED / The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • The Yakuza Remastered Collection
  • TheHunter: Call of the Wild
  • Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales
  • Titanfall **
  • 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
  • Two Point Hospital
  • UFC **
  • UFC 2 **
  • UFC 3 **
  • Undermine
  • Unravel **
  • Unravel 2 **
  • Unruly Heroes
  • Unto The End
  • Vambrace: Cold Soul
  • Void Bastards
  • Wargroove
  • Warhammer: Vermintide 2 (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Wasteland 2: Director's Cut
  • Wasteland 3
  • Wasteland Remastered
  • We Happy Few (Xbox Series X/S)
  • West of Dead
  • What Remains of Edith Finch
  • Wilmot's Warehouse
  • Wizard of Legend
Bethesda
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood
  • World War Z
  • Worms W.M.D
  • Xeno Crisis
  • Yakuza 0
  • Yakuza 3 Remastered
  • Yakuza 4 Remastered
  • Yakuza 5 Remastered
  • Yakuza Kiwami
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2
  • Yes, Your Grace (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair
  • Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection

All the Xbox 360 backward compatibility games on Game Pass:

  • Alan Wake
  • 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: New Vegas
  • Feeding Frenzy **
  • Feeding Frenzy 2 **
  • Fight Night Champion **
Xbox
  • 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 **
  • Ninja Gaiden II - leaving 15 February 2021
  • Peggle **
  • Perfect Dark
  • Perfect Dark Zero
  • Plants vs Zombies **
  • Shadows of the Damned ** - leaving 16 February 2021
  • Skate 3 **
  • SSX **
  • Viva Piñata
  • Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise
  • Zuma **
  • Zuma's Revenge! **

All the original Xbox backward compatibility games on Game Pass:

  • Black **
  • Fuzion Frenzy

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

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Writing by Rik Henderson.