Microsoft has a couple of subscription services for owners of the Xbox One, Xbox Series X or Series S.
Xbox Live Gold is a monthly membership plan that is required for online play and, while it gives you a couple of free games a month, that’s its primary purpose.
On the other hand, Xbox Game Pass is the firm’s service that gives you access to hundreds of games for just one monthly fee.
They can each be paid for separately, but the best news is that you can get both, plus Xbox Game Pass for PC, EA Play, Cloud Gaming and access to exclusive game discounts for a single, cheaper price.
Here’s everything you need to know about Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
What is Xbox Game Pass and Game Pass Ultimate?
Xbox Games Pass gives you access to well over 300 games to download and play on your Xbox One or Xbox Series X/S for one monthly fee.
If you upgrade to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you also get Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Game Pass for PC, EA Play and access to Xbox’s Cloud Gaming service (formerly called Project xCloud), all for the same price.
You can download the games and play them as often as you like, as long as you continue to pay the monthly fee. Some titles might become unavailable as others are added, but you also have the option of buying any of the collection outright at discounted prices.
Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and original Xbox games are part of the line-up, the latter two through backward compatibility, so there are plenty of top titles to choose from.
Microsoft adds releases of its own and many third-party games on the same day they are released in stores. This will include Halo Infinite and Bethesda’s new, forthcoming sci-fi RPG, Starfield.
The included Xbox Live Gold also gives subscribers exclusive discounts on many games on the Xbox Store.
How much does Xbox Game Pass Ultimate cost?
Xbox Games Pass Ultimate is priced at $14.99/£10.99 a month. You can cancel at any time.
As mentioned, it includes Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Games Pass for PC and EA Play. Plus, Microsoft’s cloud service, Cloud Gaming, is part of Ultimate at no extra cost.
The standard console-only version of Games Pass doesn’t include Gold, EA Play, Cloud Gaming or the PC version. It costs $9.99/£7.99 a month. It’s the same price for the PC-only version when subscribed to separately. Ultimate is clearly the better deal.
What games are part of Xbox Game Pass?
Xbox Game Pass will always offer more than 300 games, made up of Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and original Xbox backward compatible titles.
Some might be switched in future for other games, but here is the current list of all the games that are currently available:
All the Xbox One & Series X/S games on Game Pass (as of 23 June 2021):
Note, Xbox Series X/S versions of games (as marked) will run on Xbox One too, but will have enhancements on the next-gen consoles. Some games will also feature Xbox’s Auto HDR and/or FPS Boost technologies.
A Plague Tale: InnocenceA Way Out **Alien: IsolationAnthem **Aragami 2 – coming 17 August 2021ARK: Survival Evolved (Xbox Series X/S)Assetto CorsaAstroneerBack 4 Blood – coming 12 October 2021Backbone
Batman: Arkham KnightBattle Chasers: NightwarBattlefield 1 **Battlefield 4 **Battlefield V **Battlefield Hardline **BattletoadsBeholder Complete EditionBlack DesertBlair WitchBleeding EdgeBridge Constructor PortalBurnout Paradise Remastered **Call of the Sea (Xbox Series X/S)CarrionCartoCelesteChildren of MortaCities: SkylinesClusterTruckCode VeinConan Exiles (Xbox Series X/S)ControlCostume Quest 2
Crackdown 3Cricket 19CrossCode (Xbox Series X/S)Cyber ShadowDarkest DungeonDarksiders GenesisDay of the Tentacle RemasteredDayZDead By Daylight: Special Edition (Xbox Series X/S)Dead CellsDeep Rock GalacticDescenders (Xbox Series X/S)Desperados III (Xbox Series X/S)Destiny 2 (plus Forsaken, Shadowkeep and Beyond Light expansions) (Xbox Series X/S)Destroy All HumansDirt 5 (Xbox Series X/S)Dishonored: Definitive EditionDishonored 2Dishonored: Death of the OutsiderDisneyland AdventuresDon’t Starve: Giant EditionDonut CountyDoom (1993)Doom (2016)Doom IIDoom 3Doom 64Doom EternalDouble Kick HeroesDragon Age Inquisition **Dragon Quest Builders 2Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive EditionDrake HollowDungeons & Dragons: Dark AllianceEarthshadeeFootball PES 2021 Season UpdateElite DangerousEmpire of SinEnter The GungeonF1 2019Fallout 4Fallout 76Fe **FIFA 15 **FIFA 16 **FIFA 17 **FIFA 18 **FIFA 19 **FIFA 20 **FIFA 21 ** (Xbox Series X/S)Final Fantasy VIIFinal Fantasy VIII RemasteredFinal Fantasy X/X-2 HD RemasterFinal Fantasy XII The Zodiac AgeFive Nights at Freddy’s: Original Series (1 – 4)Football Manager 2021 Xbox Edition (Xbox Series X/S)For Honor (Xbox Series X/S)Forager
Forza Horizon 4 (Xbox Series X/S)Forza Horizon 5 (Xbox Series X/S) – coming 9 November 2021Forza Motorsport 7Frostpunk: Console EditionFull Throttle RemasteredGears 5 Game of the Year Edition (Xbox Series X/S)Gears of War 4Gears of War: Ultimate EditionGears Tactics (Xbox Series X/S)Genesis NoirGoat SimulatorGolf With Your FriendsGonner2 (Xbox Series X/S)Grand Theft Auto VGreedFallGrim Fandango RemasteredGrounded (Xbox Series X/S)Guacamelee! 2Hades – coming 13 August 2021
Halo 5: GuardiansHalo Infinite (Xbox Series X/S) – coming Holiday 2021Halo Wars 2Halo Wars: Definitive EditionHalo: Spartan AssaultHalo: The Master Chief Collection (Xbox Series X/S)Haven (Xbox Series X/S)Hellblade: Senua’s SacrificeHello NeighbourHello Neighbour 2 – coming “2021”Hollow Knight: Voidheart EditionHotshot RacingHuman Fall Flat (Xbox Series X/S)Hypnospace OutlawIkenfellInjustice 2It Lurks BelowJurassic World EvolutionJust Cause 4: ReloadedKatana ZeroKiller Instinct: Definitive EditionKiller Queen BlackKingdom Hearts – HD 1.5+2.5 RemixKingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue
Kingdom Hearts IIIKnights and BikesKnockout City ** (Xbox Series X/S)Lonely Mountains: DownhillMadden NFL 15 **Madden NFL 16 **Madden NFL 17 **Madden NFL 18 **Madden NFL 19 **Madden NFL 20 **Madden NFL 21 ** (Xbox Series X/S)Madden NFL 25 **Maneater (Xbox Series X/S)Marvel vs. Capcom: InfiniteMass Effect: Andromeda **Max: The Curse of BrotherhoodMicrosoft Flight Simulator (Xbox Series X/S) – coming 27 July 2021Middle-earth: Shadow of WarMinecraftMinecraft Dungeons (Xbox Series X/S)Mirror’s Edge Catalyst **MLB The Show 21 (Xbox Series X/S)Monster Hunter: WorldMonster SanctuaryMoonlighterMorkredd (Xbox Series X/S)MotoGP 20Mount & Blade: WarbandMy Time At PortiaNarita BoyNBA Live 18 **NBA Live 19 **NBA 2K21Need for Speed **Need for Speed Heat **Need for Speed Payback **Need for Speed Rivals **Neon AbyssNeoverseNew Super Lucky’s TaleNHL 18 **NHL 19 **NHL 20 **NHL 21 **NHL 94 Rewind **NieR: Automata Become as Gods EditionNight in the WoodsNo Man’s Sky (Xbox Series X/S)Nowhere ProphetOctopath TravelerOri and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Xbox Series X/S)Outer WildsOutlast 2Outriders (Xbox Series X/S)Overcooked! 2Pandemic: The Board GamePayday 2: Crimewave EditionPeggle 2 **Phogs!PikunikuPillars of Eternity: Complete EditionPillars of Eternity II: Deadfire – Ultimate EditionPlanet Coaster: Console Edition (Xbox Series X/S)Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville **Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare **Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2 **PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG)Power Rangers: Battle for the GridPreyProject WinterPsychonauts 2 – coming 25 August 2021Quantum BreakRage 2Rain on Your ParadeRare ReplayReCore: Definitive EditionRed Dead OnlineRemnant: From the Ashes
Resident Evil 7 biohazardRiver City GirlsRocket Arena **Rory McIlroy PGA Tour **Rush: A DisneyPixar AdventureRyse: Son of RomeSable – coming 23 September 2021Scorn – coming Fall 2021ScourgeBringerScreamRideSea of SolitudeSea of Thieves (Xbox Series X/S)Second Extinction (Xbox Series X/S)Secret NeighbourShadow Warrior 2Shredders – coming December 2021Slay The SpireSlime RancherSniper Elite 4Soulcalibur VISpiritfarerStar Renegades
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order ** (Xbox Series X/S)Star Wars Battlefront **Star Wars Battlefront II **Star Wars: Squadrons ** (Xbox Series X/S)State of Decay 2: Juggernaut Edition (Xbox Series X/S)State of Decay: Year-OneStealth Inc. 2: A Game of ClonesSteepStellaris: Console Edition (Xbox Series X/S)Stranger Things 3: The GameStreets of Rage 4Streets of RogueSubnautica (Xbox Series X/S)Sunset OverdriveSuper Lucky’s TaleSuperhot: Mind Control Delete (Xbox Series X/S)SupralandSurviving MarsTales of Vesperia: Definitive EditionTell Me Why: Chapters 1-3TerrariaTetris Effect: Connected (Xbox Series X/S)The Annacrusis – coming Fall 2021The Ascent – coming 29 July 2021The Bard’s Tale ARPG: Remastered and ResparkledThe Bard’s Tale IV: Director’s CutThe Bard’s Tale TrilogyThe Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance TacticsThe Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of MedanThe Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special EditionThe Elder Scrolls OnlineThe Evil WithinThe Evil Within 2
The Falconeer (Xbox Series X/S)The Gardens BetweenThe Gunk – coming “2021”The Little AcreThe Long DarkThe Medium (Xbox Series X/S only)The MessengerThe Outer WorldsThe Sims 4 **The Surge 2The Touryst (Xbox Series X/S)The Walking Dead: The Complete First SeasonThe Walking Dead: Season TwoThe Walking Dead: Michonne – The Complete SeasonThe Walking Dead: A New Frontier – The Complete Season (Episodes 1 – 5)The Wild at Heart (Xbox Series X/S)The Yakuza Remastered CollectionTheHunter: Call of the WildThronebreaker: The Witcher TalesTitanfall **
Titanfall 2 **Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Deluxe Edition (Xbox Series X/S)Torchlight IIITotally Accurate Battle Simulator (Game Preview)Totally Reliable Delivery ServiceTouhou Luna NightsTrailmakersTrain Sim World 2020Twelve Minutes – coming 19 August 2021Two Point HospitalUFC **UFC 2 **UFC 3 **UndermineUndertaleUnravel **Unravel Two **Unruly HeroesUnto The EndVoid BastardsWarhammer: Vermintide 2 (Xbox Series X/S)Wasteland 2: Director’s CutWasteland 3Wasteland RemasteredWe Happy Few (Xbox Series X/S)What Remains of Edith FinchWilmot’s WarehouseWolfenstein: The New OrderWolfenstein: The Old BloodWolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Wolfenstein: YoungbloodWorld War ZWorms Rumble (Xbox Series X/S)Worms W.M.DWreckfestXeno CrisisYakuza 0Yakuza 3 RemasteredYakuza 4 RemasteredYakuza 5 RemasteredYakuza 6: The Song of LifeYakuza KiwamiYakuza Kiwami 2Yakuza: Like a Dragon (Xbox Series X/S)Yes, Your Grace (Xbox Series X/S)Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible LairZombie Army 4: Dead War (Xbox Series X/S)Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection
All the Xbox 360 backward compatibility games on Game Pass:
Alice: Madness Returns **Banjo-KazooieBanjo Kazooie: N n BBanjo-TooieBattlefield 1943 **Battlefield 3 **Battlefield: Bad Company **Battlefield: Bad Company 2 **Bejeweled 2 **Bejeweled 3 **Brutal Legend **Crysis **Crysis 2 **Crysis 3 **Dante’s Inferno **Dead Space **Dead Space 2 **Dead Space 3 **Dead Space Ignition **Double Dragon NeonDragon Age: Origins **Dragon Age 2 **Fable AnniversaryFable IIFable IIIFallout 3Fallout: New VegasFeeding Frenzy **Feeding Frenzy 2 **Fight Night Champion **
Gears of WarGears of War 2Gears of War 3Gears of War: JudgmentHeavy Weapon **Jetpac RefuelledJoy Ride TurboKameoMass Effect **Mass Effect 2 **Mass Effect 3 **Medal of Honor Airborne **Mirror’s Edge **Peggle **Perfect DarkPerfect Dark ZeroPlants vs Zombies **RageSkate 3 **SSX **The Elder Scrolls IV: OblivionViva PiñataViva Piñata: Trouble in ParadiseZuma **Zuma’s Revenge! **
All the original Xbox backward compatibility games on Game Pass:
Black **Fuzion FrenzyPsychonautsThe Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
** included as part of EA Play for Ultimate subscribers only.