It was a good move for the company when Microsoft added backwards compatibility to the Xbox One. Today, the company is adding another way to play older titles on the console.
The new Xbox Game Pass is basically a “Netflix for games” somewhat similar to what Sony has been offering for a few years with its PlayStation Now service. For $10 a month, Xbox Game Pass lets you access a library of about 100 games, both from the Xbox 360 library as well as newer titles for the Xbox One. Great for fans who like older games.
We don’t have a full title list yet, but there are games from publishers including 2K, 505 Games, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, Capcom, Codemasters, Deep Silver, Focus Home Interactive, Sega, SNK, THQ, Warner Bros. and Microsoft itself. Some specific games that were mentioned are Halo 5: Guardians, Payday 2, NBA 2K16 and SoulCalibur II so that is not too shabby.
PS Now uses streaming technology to let you start up games instantaneously, without having to install anything, but Microsoft is letting users download and install the games. Some will prefer this approach over Sony’s. The other major difference is that Sony offers 450 titles compared to the 100 Microsoft will offer at launch. The catalog should change over time though and they will add more.