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Microsoft’s Xbox One exclusives will be available on Xbox Game Pass when the games launch

Microsoft’s will be bringing exclusive games to its Xbox Game Pass service the moment they become available in retail stores and online.

The Netflix-like gaming service for the Xbox One is being updated to allow subscribers to get immediate access to the latest first-party Xbox games the moment the launch, rather than needing to wait for Microsoft to bring them over to Game Pass.

The first Xbox One exclusive slated to come to Game Pass will be the Rare’s Sea of Thieves multiplayer pirate game, set to launch March 20.

And as other games exclusive to the Xbox go live in physical and online, they’ll be simultaneously available on Game Pass.

There’re no exceptions; all first-party Microsoft published games and franchises will also be added into Game Pass. That includes any future games for the Halo, Gears of War and Forza franchises.

However, third-party developers and publishers are not included in this Game Pass update, though if Microsoft’s claims that there are plenty of people getting excited about Game Pass, then we can expect to see some publishers make their latest games available on the streaming service.

Currently, Xbox Game Pass offers subscribers access to more than 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 games for £7.99 per month.

With more first-party games slated for the Game Pass, we can expect the game streaming service to become more popular and appealing to people who have yet to commit to the monthly subscription.

The service is unsurprisingly limited to the Xbox One and Xbox One X, despite Microsoft’s plans to allow Xbox gaming to be done on Windows 10 machines, though that could change over time as Microsoft builds out Game Pass.

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