(Pocket-lint) - Microsoft has two subscription services for Xbox One and, eventually, Xbox Series X owners. But annual Xbox Live Gold passes are now discontinued in favour of a separate monthly subscription service for gamers: Xbox Game Pass.

What is Xbox Game Pass?

Xbox Games Pass gives you access to more than 200 games to download and play on your Xbox One for one monthly fee.

Plus, if you upgrade to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you also get Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Game Pass for PC and, soon, access to the Project xCloud cloud gaming service, 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 One, Xbox 360 and original Xbox games are part of the line-up, the latter two through backwards compatibility, so there are plenty of top titles to choose from.

In addition, Microsoft adds 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.

When the Xbox Series X becomes available, it's been confirmed many launch titles will be free to Games Pass members. Indeed, during its July Xbox Showcase, Microsoft showcased 22 titles including 22 series, all of which will either be free-to-play or available via Games Pass. 

Halo Infinite will be available as part of Games Pass as well as Fable, Forza Motorsport (2021), Destiny 2 (plus existing expansions and the new Beyond Light expansion) and Everwild. 

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 and Xbox Games Pass for PC. Plus, when it is officially released, Microsoft's cloud gaming service, Project xCloud, will also be available as part of Ultimate at no extra cost.

The standard console-only version of Games Pass doesn't include Gold or the PC version. It costs $9.99/£7.99 a month. Finally, you can get the PC-only version for $4.99/£3.99 at the moment. 

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What games are part of Xbox Game Pass?

Xbox Game Pass will always offer more than 200 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:

All the Xbox One games on Game Pass (as of 16 July 2020):

  • A Plague Tale: Innocence
  • Absolver
  • Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
  • Afterparty
  • Age of Wonders: Planetfall
  • Alien: Isolation
  • Alvastia Chronicles
  • ARK: Survival Evolved
  • Ashes Cricket
  • Astroneer
  • Bad North: Jotunn Edition
Warner Bros Entertainment / Batman
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Battle Chasers: Nightwar
  • Blair Witch
  • Bleeding Edge
  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
  • Bridge Constructor Portal
  • Carrion
  • Children of Morta
  • Cities: Skylines
  • ClusterTruck
  • Costume Quest 2
Xbox
  • Crackdown 3
  • Creature in the Well
  • Crosscode
  • Darksiders III
  • DayZ
  • de Blob
  • Dead By Daylight: Special Edition
  • Dead Cells
  • Dead Island Definitive Edition
  • Death Squared
  • Deliver Us The Moon
  • Demon's Tilt
  • Descenders
  • Devil May Cry 5
  • Dirt 4
  • Dirt Rally 2.0
  • Dishonored 2
  • Disneyland Adventures
  • Dungeon of the Endless
  • eFootball PES 2020 Standard Edition
  • Enter The Gungeon
  • F1 2018
  • Fallout 76
  • Farming Simulator 17
  • Felix The Reaper
  • Final Fantasy IX
  • Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition
  • Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour
  • For the King
  • Forager
Xbox
  • Forza Horizon 4: Standard Edition
  • Fractured Minds
  • Frostpunk: Console Edition
  • Gato Roboto
  • Gears 5 Ultimate Edition
  • Gears of War 4
  • Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
  • Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams - Director's Cut
  • Goat Simulator
  • Golf With Your Friends
  • Gonner - Blueberry Edition
  • Grounded*
  • Guacamelee! 2
343 Industries
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Halo Wars 2
  • Halo Wars: Definitive Edition
  • Halo: Spartan Assault
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection
  • Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
  • Hello Neighbour
  • Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition
  • Human Fall Flat
  • Hyperdot
  • Indivisible
  • Journey to the Savage Planet
  • Jump Force
  • Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition
  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance
  • Kingdom Hearts - HD 1.5+2.5 Remix
  • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue
Square Enix
  • Kingdom Hearts III
  • Kona
  • Levelhead
  • Lonely Mountains: Downhill
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite
  • Max: The Curse of Brotherhood
  • Metro 2033 Redux
  • Metro: Last Light Redux
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War
  • Minecraft
  • Minecraft Dungeons
  • Minit
  • Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Moonlighter
  • Mortal Kombat X
  • Mount & Blade: Warband
  • Moving Out
  • MudRunner
  • Munchkin: Quacked Quest
  • Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden
  • My Friend Pedro
  • My Time At Portia
  • Naruto To Boruto: Shinobi Striker
  • NBA 2K20
  • Neon Abyss
  • NieR: Automata Become as Gods Edition
  • Night Call
  • No Man's Sky
  • Observation
  • Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
Moon Studios
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Outer Wilds
  • Overcooked! 2
  • Oxenfree
  • Pandemic: The Board Game
  • Pathologic 2
  • Payday 2: Crimewave Edition
  • Pikuniku
  • Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition
  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)
  • Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
  • Quantum Break
  • Rage 2
  • Rare Replay
  • ReCore: Definitive Edition
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Remnant: From the Ashes
  • Rime
  • Rise & Shine
Psyonix
  • Rocket League
  • Rush: A DisneyPixar Adventure
  • Ryse: Son of Rome
  • ScreamRide
  • Sea of Thieves: Anniversary Edition
  • Sea Salt
  • Secret Neighbour
  • Shadow Warrior 2
  • Slay The Spire
  • Sniper Elite 4
  • Soulcalibur VI
Microsoft Studios
  • State of Decay 2: Juggernaut Edition
  • State of Decay: Year-One
  • Stellaris: Console Edition
  • Streets of Rage 4
  • Streets of Rogue
  • Subnautica
  • Sunset Overdrive
  • Super Lucky's Tale
  • Surviving Mars
  • Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet
  • Tacoma
Bandai Namco
  • Tekken 7
  • Terraria
  • The Banner Saga 3
  • The Bard's Tale ARPG: Remastered and Resparkled
  • The Bard's Tale IV: Director's Cut
  • The Bard's Tale Trilogy
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited
  • The Escapists 2
  • The Gardens Between
  • The Jackbox Party Pack 3
  • The Long Dark
  • The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game
  • The Messenger
  • The Outer Worlds
  • The Surge 2
  • The Talos Principle
  • The Turing Test
  • 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
  • TheHunter: Call of the Wild
  • Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales
  • Ticket to Ride
  • Totally Accurate Battle Simulator (Game Preview)
  • Totally Reliable Delivery Service
  • Tracks - The Train Set Game
  • Train Sim World 2020
  • Two Point Hospital
  • Untitled Goose Game
  • Vambrace: Cold Soul
  • Void Bastards
  • Wandersong
  • Wargroove
  • Wasteland 2: Director's Cut
  • Wasteland 3*
  • Wasteland Remastered
  • We Happy Few
  • West of Dead
  • Westerado: Double Barreled
  • What Remains of Edith Finch
  • Wizard of Legend
Bethesda
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood
  • World War Z
  • Worms W.M.D
  • Yakuza 0
  • Yakuza Kiwami
  • Yoku's Island Express
  • Yooka-Laylee
  • Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection

All the Xbox 360 backward compatibility games on Game Pass:

  • Alan Wake
  • Banjo-Kazooie
  • Banjo Kazooie: N n B
  • Banjo-Tooie
  • Double Dragon Neon
  • Fable Anniversary
  • Fable II
  • Fable III
  • Fallout: New Vegas
Xbox
  • Gears of War
  • Gears of War 2
  • Gears of War 3
  • Gears of War: Judgment
  • Jetpac Refuelled
  • Kameo
  • Lego Star Wars III
  • Mass Effect
  • Metal Gear Solid HD Edition: 2 & 3
  • Ninja Gaiden II
  • Perfect Dark
  • Perfect Dark Zero
  • Viva Piñata
  • Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise

All the original Xbox backward compatibility games on Game Pass:

  • Fuzion Frenzy

* Coming soon, ** Leaving soon.

Writing by Rik Henderson. Editing by Dan Grabham.