(Pocket-lint) - When Microsoft first launched its Xbox Game Pass service for Xbox One, PC gamers could use it to access a small selection of Windows 10 titles.

They took advantage of the cross-play games hosted on the service, which work across Xbox One and PC. However, in the summer of 2019, the company introduced a version of Game Pass specifically for Windows 10 titles too.

Since then, it has grown into a superb service in its own right, with more than 200 PC games available for a low monthly fee.

Here then is everything you need to know about Xbox Game Pass for PC.

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What is Xbox Game Pass?

Xbox Game Pass is a monthly subscription service that offers a library of full games to download and play on your machine without any further fees.

The list of games is curated and updated each month, with some added and some less popular titles being removed. You just need to download the ones on offer and play as much as you like - as if you bought the game outright yourself.

The PC version of the service is exclusive to gamers running Windows 10.

It is also available as part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which includes over 200 Xbox One, Xbox 360 and original Xbox games (plus Xbox Series X/S games when available). You also get access to Cloud Gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to play games on Android devices, EA Play (from November) and Xbox Live Gold.

How much does Xbox Game Pass for PC cost?

In the UK, Xbox Game Pass for PC costs £7.99 per month. And, it is $9.99 per month in the US.

New subscribers can get the first month for just £1 / $1.

If you also own an Xbox One, you might find that Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is a much better deal (as detailed above). It costs £10.99 per month in the UK, $14.99 per month in the US.

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What games are available as part of Xbox Game Pass for PC?

There will always be over 200 games available for the PC gaming community. The list includes all new Xbox Studios titles on the day of their release - which will soon feature every Bethesda title after its acquisition by Microsoft.

Some of them also appear in our best PC games to buy round-up, showing just how good a deal Game Pass is.

Current PC Games Pass list (as of 18 Janurary 2021):

  • A Plague Tale: Innocence
  • Age of Empires: Definitive Edition
  • Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition
  • Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition
  • Age of Wonders: Planetfall
  • Alan Wake
  • Alien: Isolation
  • Alvastia Chronicles
  • Among Us
  • Ape Out
  • Ark: Survival Evolved
  • Astrologaster
  • Astroneer
  • Battle Chasers: Nightwar
  • Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2
  • Battletech
  • Battletech Mercenary Collection
  • Battletoads
  • Blair Witch
  • Bleeding Edge
  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
  • Bridge Constructor Portal
  • Broforce
  • Call of the Sea
  • Carrion
  • Carto
  • Celeste
  • Children of Morta
  • Cities: Skylines
  • Clustertruck
  • Comanche
  • Company of Heroes 2: Complete Collection
  • Control
Xbox
  • Crackdown 3
  • CrossCode
  • Crossing Souls
  • Crusader Kings III
  • Darksiders Genesis
  • Day of Tentacle Remastered
  • Dead by Daylight
  • Dead Cells
  • Death's Gambit
  • Deep Rock Galactic
  • Deliver Us The Moon
  • Descenders
  • Disgaea 4 Complete+
  • Dishonored 2
  • Disneyland Adventures
  • Don't Starve: Giant Edition
  • Doom Eternal
  • Double Kick Heroes
  • Downwell
  • Dragon Quest XV S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition
  • Dungeon of the Endless
  • Eastshade
  • Endless Legend
  • Endless Space 2
  • Enter the Gungeon
  • Europa Universalis IV
  • F1 2019
  • Faeria
  • Fallout 76
  • Farming Simulator 17
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Final Fantasy VIII Remastered
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour
  • Five Nights at Freddy's
  • Five Nights at Freddy's 2
  • Five Nights at Freddy's 3
  • Five Nights at Freddy's 4
  • Five Nights at Freddy's: Original
  • For The King
  • Forager
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Forza Motorsport 7
  • Frostpunk
  • Full Throttle Remastered
  • Gato Roboto
  • Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
  • Gears of War 4
Xbox
  • Gears 5
  • Gears Tactics
  • Goat Simulator
  • Golf With Your Friends
  • Gonner2
  • Greedfall
  • Grim Fandango
  • Gris
  • Grounded - Game Preview
  • Guacamelee 2
  • Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
  • Halo 2: Anniversary
  • Halo 3
  • Halo 3: ODST
  • Halo: Reach
  • Halo: Spartan Assault
  • Halo: Spartan Strike
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection
  • Halo Wars: Definitive Edition
  • Halo Wars 2
  • Haven
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Cadet Edition
  • Heave Ho
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • Hello Neighbor
  • Hollow Knight
  • Hotline Miami
  • Human Fall Flat
  • HyperDot
  • Hypnospace Outlaw
  • Ikenfell
  • Indivisible
  • Infinifactory
  • Injustice 2
  • It Lurks Below
  • Katana Zero
  • Kathy Rain
  • Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition
  • Knights and Bikes
  • Levelhead
  • Lonely Mountains: Downhill
  • Machinarium
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite
  • MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries
  • Metro: Last Light Redux
Pocket-lint
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War
  • Minecraft Dungeons
  • Minit
  • Mistover
  • Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight
  • Monster Sanctuary
  • Monster Train
  • Moonlighter
  • Moonlighter: Complete Edition
  • Mother Russia Bleeds
  • MotoGP 20
  • Mount & Blade Warband
  • Moving Out
  • MudRunner
  • My Time at Portia
  • Neon Abyss
  • New Super Lucky's Tale
  • Night Call
  • Night in the Woods
  • No Man's Sky
  • Nowhere Prophet
  • Observation
  • Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
Moon Studios
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Out of the Park Baseball 21
  • Overcooked! 2
  • Oxenfree
  • Pathologic 2
  • Phoenix Point
  • Pikuniku
  • Pillars of Eternity: Hero Edition
  • Plebby Quest: The Crusades
  • Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
  • Rage 2
  • ReCore: Definitive Edition
  • Reigns: Game of Thrones
  • Resident Evil 7 biohazard
  • Rise of Nations: Extended Edition
  • River City Girls
  • Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure
  • ScourgeBringer
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Sea Salt
  • Shadow Warrior 2
  • Slay The Spire
  • Spiritfarer
  • Star Renegades
  • State of Decay 2: Juggernaut Edition
  • Stellaris
Netflix
  • Stranger Things 3: The Game
  • Streets of Rage 4
  • Streets of Rogue
  • Subnautica
  • Sunset Overdrive
  • Super Lucky’s Tale
  • Surviving Mars
  • Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition
  • Tell Me Why: Chapters 1 - 3
  • Tetris Effect
  • 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 Resitance Tactics
  • The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of 
  • The Gardens Between
  • The Long Dark
  • The Messenger
  • The Outer Worlds
  • The Surge 2
  • The Swords of Ditto: Moro's Curse
  • The Touryst
  • The Turing Test
  • Thumper
  • Ticket to Ride
  • Torment: Tides of Numenera
  • Totally Accurate Battle Simulator
  • Touhou Luna Nights
  • Trailmakers
  • Train Sim World 2020
Sega
  • Two Point Hospital
  • UnderMine
  • Unruly Heroes
  • Unto The End
  • VA-11 Hall-A Cyberpunk
  • Vambrace: Cold Soul
  • Void Bastards
  • Wargroove
  • Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut
  • Wasteland 3
  • Wasteland Remastered
  • We Happy Few
  • West of Dead
  • What Reamins of Edith Finch
  • Wilmot's Warehouse
  • Wizard of Legend
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood
  • World of Horror
  • World War Z
  • Worms W.M.D
  • Xeno Crisis
  • Yakuza 0
  • Yakuza Kiwami
  • Yes, Your Grace
  • YIIK: A Postmodern RPG
  • Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair
  • Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection

* Coming soon, ** leaving soon.

Writing by Rik Henderson. Editing by Adrian Willings.