(Pocket-lint) – 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.

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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 Cloud Gaming (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 19 October 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: Innocence (Xbox Series X/S)
  • A Way Out **
  • Alien: Isolation
  • Anthem **
  • Aragami 2 (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Archvale – coming TBC
  • ARK: Survival Evolved (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Art of Rally (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Assetto Corsa
  • Astria Ascending (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Astroneer
  • Atomicrops
  • Back 4 Blood (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Backbone – coming 28 October 2021
  • Bassmaster Fishing 2022 – coming 28 October 2021
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  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Battlefield 1 **
  • Battlefield 4 **
  • Battlefield V **
  • Battlefield Hardline **
  • Battletoads
  • Beholder Complete Edition
  • Black Desert
  • Blair Witch
  • Bleeding Edge
  • Bloodroots (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Boyfriend Dungeon
  • Breathedge
  • Bridge Constructor Portal
  • Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling
  • Burnout Paradise Remastered **
  • Bushiden – coming TBC
  • Call of the Sea (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Carrion
  • Carto – leaving 31 October 2021
  • Celeste – leaving 31 October 2021
  • Children of Morta
  • Chinatown Detective Agency – coming TBC
  • Cities: Skylines
  • ClusterTruck
  • Code Vein
  • Conan Exiles (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Control
  • Costume Quest 2
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  • Crackdown 3
  • Craftopia (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Cricket 19
  • Cris Tales
  • Crown Trick
  • Curse of the Dead Gods
  • Cyber Shadow
  • Dandy Ace
  • Darkest Dungeon
  • Day of the Tentacle Remastered
  • DayZ
  • Dead By Daylight: Special Edition (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Dead Cells
  • Deep Rock Galactic
  • Descenders (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 Humans
  • Dirt 4 **
  • Dirt 5 ** (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Dirt Rally **
  • Dirt Rally 2.0 **
  • Dishonored: Definitive Edition
  • Dishonored 2
  • Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
  • Disneyland Adventures
  • Dodgeball Academia
  • Don’t Starve: Giant Edition
  • Donut County
  • Doom (1993)
  • Doom (2016)
  • Doom II
  • Doom 3
  • Doom 64
  • Doom Eternal (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Double Kick Heroes
  • Dragon Age Inquisition **
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ – coming 21 October 2021
  • Dragon Quest Builders 2
  • Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Earthshade – leaving 31 October 2021
  • Echo Generation – coming 21 October 2021
  • eFootball PES 2021 Season Update
  • Elite Dangerous
  • Empire of Sin
  • Enter The Gungeon
  • F1 2019 **
  • F1 2020 **
  • Fallout 4
  • Fallout 76
  • Farming Simulator 19
  • Fe **
  • FIFA 15 **
  • FIFA 16 **
  • FIFA 17 **
  • FIFA 18 **
  • FIFA 19 **
  • FIFA 20 **
  • FIFA 21 ** (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Final Fantasy VIII Remastered
  • Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
  • Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age
  • Five Nights at Freddy’s: Original Series (1 – 4) – leaving 31 October 2021
  • Flynn: Son of Crimson
  • Football Manager 2021 Xbox Edition (Xbox Series X/S)
  • For Honor (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Forager
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  • Forza Horizon 4 (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Forza Horizon 5 (Xbox Series X/S) – coming 9 November 2021
  • Frostpunk: Console Edition
  • Full Throttle Remastered
  • Gang Beasts
  • Gears 5 Game of the Year Edition (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Gears of War 4
  • Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
  • Gears Tactics (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Genesis Noir
  • Goat Simulator
  • Golf With Your Friends
  • GreedFall (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Grid **
  • Grim Fandango Remastered
  • Grounded (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Guacamelee! 2
  • Hades (Xbox Series X/S)
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  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Halo Infinite (Xbox Series X/S) – coming Holiday 2021
  • Halo Wars 2
  • Halo Wars: Definitive Edition
  • Halo: Spartan Assault
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Haven (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Hello Neighbour
  • Hello Neighbour 2 – coming “2021”
  • Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition
  • Human Fall Flat (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Hypnospace Outlaw
  • I Am Fish (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Immortal Realms: Vampire Wars
  • Injustice 2
  • Into the Pit
  • Jurassic World Evolution
  • Just Cause 4: Reloaded
  • Katamari Damacy Reroll
  • Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition
  • Killer Queen Black
  • Kingdom Hearts – HD 1.5+2.5 Remix
  • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue
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  • Kingdom Hearts III
  • Knights and Bikes – leaving 31 October 2021
  • Knockout City ** (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Last Stop (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Lemnis Gate (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Lethal League Blaze
  • Library of Ruina
  • Limbo
  • Lonely Mountains: Downhill
  • Lost Words: Beyond the Page
  • Madden 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)
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  • Marvel’s Avengers (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda **
  • Max: The Curse of Brotherhood
  • Mechwarrior 5: Mercenaries (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War
  • Midnight Fight Express – coming TBC
  • Minecraft
  • Minecraft Dungeons (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Mirror’s Edge Catalyst **
  • MLB The Show 21 (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Monster Sanctuary
  • Moonlighter
  • Morkredd (Xbox Series X/S)
  • MotoGP 20
  • Mount & Blade: Warband
  • My Time At Portia
  • Myst (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Narita Boy
  • NBA Live 18 **
  • NBA Live 19 **
  • NBA 2K21
  • Need for Speed **
  • Need for Speed Heat **
  • Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered **
  • Need for Speed Payback **
  • Need for Speed Rivals **
  • Neon Abyss
  • Neoverse
  • New Super Lucky’s Tale
  • Next Space Rebels – coming TBC
  • NHL 18 **
  • NHL 19 **
  • NHL 20 **
  • NHL 21 **
  • NHL 94 Rewind **
  • NieR: Automata Become as Gods Edition
  • No Man’s Sky (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Nongunz: Doppelganger Edition – coming 28 October 2021
  • Nowhere Prophet
  • Nuclear Throne
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Omno
  • Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
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  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Outlast 2
  • Outriders (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Overcooked! 2
  • Pandemic: The Board Game
  • Payday 2: Crimewave Edition
  • Peggle 2 **
  • Phoenix Point
  • Phogs!
  • Pikuniku
  • Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition
  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire – Ultimate Edition
  • Planet 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 Grid
  • Prey
  • Project Winter
  • Psychonauts 2 (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Quake Remastered
  • Quantum Break
  • Rage 2
  • Rain on Your Parade
  • Raji: An Ancient Epic
  • Rare Replay
  • Recompile (Xbox Series X/S)
  • ReCore: Definitive Edition
  • Remnant: From the Ashes
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  • Resident Evil 7 biohazard
  • Ring of Pain
  • River City Girls
  • Rocket Arena **
  • Rory McIlroy PGA Tour **
  • Rush: A DisneyPixar Adventure
  • Ryse: Son of Rome
  • Sable (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Scorn – coming Fall 2021
  • ScreamRide
  • Sea of Solitude
  • Sea of Thieves (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Second Extinction (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Secret Neighbour
  • Shadow Warrior 2
  • Shredders – coming December 2021
  • Signalis – coming TBC
  • Signs of the Sojourner
  • SkateBird
  • Slay The Spire
  • Slime Rancher
  • Sniper Elite 4 (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Spiritfarer
  • Star Renegades
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  • 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-One
  • Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones
  • Steep
  • Stellaris: Console Edition (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Stranger Things 3: The Game
  • Streets of Rage 4
  • Streets of Rogue
  • Subnautica (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Subnautica 2: Below Zero (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Sunset Overdrive
  • Super Lucky’s Tale
  • Superhot: Mind Control Delete (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Superliminal
  • Supraland
  • Surgeon Simulator 2 (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Surviving Mars
  • Tell Me Why: Chapters 1-3
  • Terraria
  • Tetris Effect: Connected (Xbox Series X/S)
  • The Annacrusis – coming Fall 2021
  • The Artful Escape (Xbox Series X/S)
  • The Ascent (Xbox Series X/S)
  • The Bard’s Tale ARPG: Remastered and Resparkled
  • The Bard’s Tale IV: Director’s Cut
  • The Bard’s Tale Trilogy
  • The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
  • The Evil Within
  • The Evil Within 2
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  • The Falconeer (Xbox Series X/S)
  • The Forgotten City – coming 28 October 2021
  • The Gardens Between
  • The Good Life
  • The Gunk – coming “2021”
  • The Little Acre
  • The Long Dark
  • The Medium (Xbox Series X/S only)
  • The Outer Worlds
  • The Procession to Calvary
  • The Riftbreaker (Xbox Series X/S)
  • The Sims 4 **
  • The Surge 2
  • The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season
  • The Walking Dead: Season Two
  • The Walking Dead: Michonne – The Complete Season
  • The Walking Dead: A New Frontier – The Complete Season (Episodes 1 – 5)
  • The Wild at Heart (Xbox Series X/S)
  • The Yakuza Remastered Collection
  • TheHunter: Call of the Wild
  • Titanfall **
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  • Titanfall 2 **
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Deluxe Edition (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Torchlight III
  • Totally Accurate Battle Simulator
  • Totally Reliable Delivery Service
  • Touhou Luna Nights
  • Trailmakers
  • Train Sim World 2 (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Tropico 6
  • Twelve Minutes (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Two Point Hospital
  • UFC 3 **
  • UFC 4 **
  • Undertale
  • Unpacking – coming TBC
  • Unravel **
  • Unravel Two **
  • Unruly Heroes – leaving 31 October 2021
  • Unsighted
  • Unto The End
  • Visage (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Void Bastards
  • Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut
  • Wasteland 3
  • Wasteland Remastered
  • We Happy Few (Xbox Series X/S)
  • What Remains of Edith Finch
  • Wilmot’s Warehouse
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order
  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
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  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood
  • World War Z
  • Worms Rumble (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Worms W.M.D
  • Wreckfest
  • Xeno Crisis
  • Yakuza 0
  • Yakuza 3 Remastered
  • Yakuza 4 Remastered
  • Yakuza 5 Remastered
  • Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
  • Yakuza Kiwami
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Yes, Your Grace (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair
  • Zombie Army 4: Dead War (Xbox Series X/S)
  • Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection

All the Xbox 360 backward compatibility games on Game Pass:

  • Alan Wake’s American Nightmare – coming 28 October 2021
  • Alice: Madness Returns **
  • Banjo-Kazooie
  • Banjo Kazooie: N n B
  • Banjo-Tooie
  • Battlefield 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 Neon
  • Dragon Age: Origins **
  • Dragon Age 2 **
  • Fable Anniversary
  • Fable II
  • Fable III
  • Fallout 3
  • Fallout: New Vegas
  • Feeding Frenzy **
  • Feeding Frenzy 2 **
  • Fight Night Champion **
  • Final Fantasy XIII
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  • Gears of War
  • Gears of War 2
  • Gears of War 3
  • Gears of War: Judgment
  • Heavy Weapon **
  • Jetpac Refuelled
  • Joy Ride Turbo
  • Kameo
  • Mass Effect **
  • Mass Effect 2 **
  • Mass Effect 3 **
  • Medal of Honor Airborne **
  • Mirror’s Edge **
  • Peggle **
  • Perfect Dark
  • Perfect Dark Zero
  • Plants vs Zombies **
  • Rage
  • Skate **
  • Skate 3 **
  • SSX **
  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
  • Viva Piñata
  • Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise
  • Zuma **
  • Zuma’s Revenge! **

All the original Xbox backward compatibility games on Game Pass:

  • Black **
  • Blinx – The Time Sweeper
  • Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge
  • Fuzion Frenzy
  • Psychonauts
  • The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

** included as part of EA Play for Ultimate subscribers only.

Writing by Rik Henderson. Originally published on .





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