(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.

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.

squirrel_widget_158169

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 22 September 2020):

  • 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
  • Ape Out
  • Ark: Survival Evolved
  • Astrologaster
  • Astroneer
  • Bad North: Jotunn Edition
  • Battle Chasers: Nightwar
  • Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2
  • Battletech
  • Battletoads
  • Blair Witch
  • Bleeding Edge
  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
  • Bridge Constructor Portal
  • Broforce
  • Carrion
  • Children of Morta
  • Cities: Skylines
  • Clustertruck
  • Company of Heroes 2: Complete Collection
Xbox
  • Crackdown 3
  • CrossCode
  • Crossing Souls
  • Crusader Kings III
  • Darksiders Genesis
  • Darksiders III
  • Dead by Daylight
  • Dead Cells
  • Death's Gambit
  • Deliver Us The Moon
  • Demon's Tilt
  • Descenders
  • Dirt Rally 2.0
  • Disgaea 4 Complete+
  • Dishonored 2
  • Disneyland Adventures
  • Don't Starve: Giant Edition
  • Double Kick Heroes
  • Downwell
  • Dragon Quest XV S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition
  • Dungeon of the Endless
  • Endless Legend
  • Endless Space 2
  • Enter the Gungeon
  • Europa Universalis IV
  • F1 2019
  • Faeria
  • Fallout 76
  • Farming Simulator 17
  • Felix the Reaper
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Final Fantasy IX
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour
  • Football Manager 2020
  • For The King
  • Forager
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Frostpunk
  • FTL: Faster Than Light
  • Gato Roboto
  • Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
  • Gears of War 4
Xbox
  • Gears 5: Ultimate Edition
  • Gears Tactics
  • Goat Simulator
  • Golf With Your Friends
  • 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
  • Hatoful Boyfriend
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Cadet Edition
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • Hello Neighbor
  • Hollow Knight
  • Hotline Miami
  • Human Fall Flat
  • HyperDot
  • Hypnospace Outlaw
  • Indivisible
  • Infinifactory
  • It Lurks Below
  • Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition
  • Levelhead
  • Lonely Mountains: Downhill
  • Machinarium
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite
  • MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries
  • Metro 2033 Redux
  • Metro: Last Light Redux
Pocket-lint
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War
  • Minecraft Dungeons
  • Minit
  • Mistover
  • Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight
  • Moonlighter
  • Mother Russia Bleeds
  • Moving Out
  • MudRunner
  • Munchkin: Quacked Quest
  • Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden
  • My Friend Pedro
  • My Time at Portia
  • Neon Abyss
  • New Super Lucky's Tale
  • Night Call
  • 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
  • Pandemic: The Board Game
  • 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
  • Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure
  • Saints Row IV: Re-elected
  • ScourgeBringer
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Sea Salt
  • Shadow Warrior 2
  • Slay The Spire
  • Spiritfarer
  • Star Renegades
  • State of Decay 2: Juggernaut Edition
  • State of Mind
  • Stellaris
Netflix
  • Stranger Things 3: The Game
  • Streets of Rage 4
  • Subnautica
  • Sunset Overdrive
  • Super Lucky’s Tale
  • Surviving Mars
  • Tacoma
  • Tell Me Why: Chapters 1 - 3
  • 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 Gardens Between
  • The Long Dark
  • The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game - Definitive Edition
  • The Messenger
  • The Outer Worlds
  • The Red Strings Club
  • The Surge 2
  • The Talos Principle
  • The Touryst
  • The Turing Test
  • Thumper
  • Ticket to Ride
  • Torment: Tides of Numenera
  • Totally Accurate Battle Simulator
  • Touhou Luna Nights
  • Tracks - The Train Set Game
  • Trailmakers
  • Train Sim World 2020
Sega
  • Two Point Hospital
  • UnderMine
  • Vambrace: Cold Soul
  • Void Bastards
  • Wandersong
  • Wargroove
  • Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut
  • Wasteland 3
  • Wasteland Remastered
  • We Happy Few
  • West of Dead
  • Wizard of Legend
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood
  • World of Horror
  • World War Z
  • Worms W.M.D
  • Xeno Crisis
  • Yakuza 0
  • Yakuza Kiwami
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2
  • Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection

* Coming soon, ** leaving soon.

Writing by Rik Henderson. Editing by Dan Grabham.