It's Microsoft's E3 2019 press briefing in - ooooh, let's see - all of 70 minutes' time, as I write this. But the gaming giant's dropped some pretty significant news already, concerning its popular Xbox Game Pass service.
Everyone Xbox user will now be able to upgrade their Game Pass subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate - previously a limited service. For £10.99 per month in the Queen's own sterling, that gets you both Game Pass as you know if plus Xbox Live Gold, and also covers players on PC.
Anyone signing up now, for the first time, gets their first month of subscription for a quid. Cannot. Say. Fairer. Than. That. And if you don't fancy Ultimate, no big deal: the older, standalone services remain active.
PC players wanting to just grab Game Pass can do so for £4/$5 per month. It doesn't offer the same number of games found on Xbox, but there's still a library of over 100 titles to jump into, including some modern heavyweights like Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, Forza Horizon 4 and Sea of Thieves, the latter of which is available in its Anniversary Edition. Both Gears 5 and Halo: The Master Chief Collection are among the games that are coming soon for PC subscribers.
And Game Pass is getting a significant boost, too, with the introduction of a load more games going live on the service today (though, we're not sure exactly when today). Foremost amongst these are the recent remasters of SEGA's classic walk 'n' talk 'em ups Shenmue and Shenmue II. Oh yes, Game Passers: now you, too, can enjoy searching for sailors and racing forklift trucks, in the name of bloody revenge. Excellent.
Seemingly destined for PC Game Pass holders, but not those playing on console, is Metro Exodus, 4A Games' spooky and suspenseful shooter of earlier this year. And - deep breath - here's everything else that's heading to Game Pass, like, imminently...
Astroneer, Battle Chasers: Nightwar, Bridge Constructor Portal, Everspace, Guacamelee 2 (yes!), Hollow Knight (yesss!), Lichtspeer: Double Speer Edition, Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight, Moonlighter (apparently ace, but I'm yet to play it), Neon Chrome, Old Man's Journey...
Another deep breath: Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun, Shenmue, Shenmue II, Silence - The Whispered World 2, Smoke and Sacrifice (nice), SteamWorld Dig 2 (great!), Supermarket Shriek, Riverbond, Thimbleweed Park (love it), and Wizard of Legend.
That's a chunky update and no mistake. Now to get prepped for the real deal: Microsoft's conference, with its new console(s) reveal (right?) and so much more.
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