So... what is this? Do you have unlimited access to play any of these games while you're a subscriber? If so, what's the point of buying them?
It's month to month. You could pay $10, play some games for a month (maybe beat a couple) and IF you want to buy one you really like (and want to keep and play even if you're no longer subscribing) then you get a 20% discount. It's really not a bad deal if you're not a collector (such as myself). It actually reminds me of my younger days, renting cartridge games at Blockbuster. Only this is better and more convenient. I personally will continue to buy and hoard games, but even I can objectively look at this like a sort of super duper rental service.
Compare that to any similar subscription gaming service. I think you'll find this is going to quickly become the best value. It has both Xbox 360 and XB1 games available, it's cheap, and the library will grow every month. Also as the article points out you actually download the games and run them locally, instead of streaming them, which is a huge plus. The added latency and reliability issues of remote-rendered streaming games are not worth it if you don't have perfect internet all the time.
theres no point mate. in fact i would recommend every 1 let this crap die...
m.s removed backwards compatibility when it was free. now you can have it as long as you pay.... GTFO!.
Wrong - not even close. This doesn't replace backwards compatibility. All backwards compatible 360 titles continue to work like they did before. This isn't the Sony implementation. In fact, the Game Pass service actually complements BC and encourages MS to continue implementing more BC games. Any Xbox 360 game they add to Game Pass must be made backwards compatible first... and thus they'll continue to increase their BC library just as they have been.
microsoft stopped backwards compatibility back in 2007 when they stopped releasing emulation profiles.
Stop spreading your ignorance, please. We're talking about playing Xbox 360 and Xbox One games on an Xbox One via Game Pass. What you're referring to (clearly unwittingly) is the backwards compatibility of Classic Xbox on the Xbox 360. That has nothing to do with Game Pass and is completely irrelevant to this article. If you don't game on Xbox One, that's fine, but just leave Xbox information to people who know what they're talking about.
They just added new titles to backwards compatibility on May 26th. They use the BC feature to allow owners of 360 discs (and in most cases digital purchases) to play their existing already-purchased games, so long as they are compatible. They use BC to offer Xbox 360 games for free via Games for Gold. They also use BC to sell many of these 360 games to people who do not already own them, but who want to play them on an XB1. They now also use BC to enable many Xbox 360 titles to be playable via Game Pass, alongside Xbox One titles. That library will grow, but it does not change their existing backwards compatible plans. You'll still be able to play compatible Xbox 360 games on XB1 in the same fashion as before, and the BC library continues to grow both for Game Pass users and non-Game Pass users.
my point was it was free. now they want you to pay for it.
You're not listening. There's no way you could have actually read my post, understood it, and then still say something completely wrong like that, unless you're a troll. Is this guy a troll? Well I'll just repeat myself anyway:
Backwards compatibility is still free if you own the backwards compatible games! Put in disc, play game.
The Game Pass is something completely different - it's like a "monthly rental program" for people who DON'T own the games! Does not replace or change the FREE backwards compatibility!