Xbox Game Pass is going balls to the wall

Team Xbox has got some serious plans for its ultra-sustainable service Game Pass. If we are to believe people like Ashley McKissick and Sarah Bond, Game Pass will make it almost impossible to not play Xbox Games. I mean, you won’t even have to own a damn console anymore. And for as far as I can understand, searching for that long-time missing game disc might also become a thing of the past. But wait… there’s even more.

Holy cloud, Batman! Xbox is really going all-out with cloud gaming. It’s the future, maybe even the future’s future. And it enables Xbox to make Game Pass even more sustainable. Now that’s something newsworthy and perfect Xbox Wire material if I ever saw it. But I did see it, and I think it’s the perfect example of Xbox’s progressiveness.

So, what is it exactly that Xbox is going for with Game Pass? Well, first of all, Game Pass is coming to Samsung Smart TV, making a console semi-redundant. You will need a Samsung Smart TV that supports it though (duh). But if you do, it’s only a matter of accessing the app from the Samsung Gaming Hub, connecting your Bluetooth-enabled controller to it, and voila… Game Pass. The controller doesn’t even have to be an Xbox controller.

And if I’m getting it right (and I probably ain’t), you won’t even have to worry about finding missing game discs, too. According to Ashley McKissick, Game Pass Ultimate members should soon be able to stream cloud-enabled games that they own, even if those are not acquired through the Game Pass catalog.

“One of the things that [players] told us is, ‘Hey, we would love to be able to stream games that we own, even if they’re not in the Game Pass catalog.

“And so later this year, if you are a Game Pass Ultimate member, you will be able to stream from the cloud games you purchase and games that you already own as long as they’re cloud-enabled in the catalog.”

I personally believe that this won’t really work with physical games that you own. Buying a game, installing it, and then returning it because you can now access it through the cloud doesn’t sound like a solid plan. At least, not if you’re a retailer with a very royal return policy. But hey, I can dream, right?

Last but not least, there’s Project Moorcroft, Xbox’s latest offensive to bring demos to their audience. Microsoft’s Sarah Bond is one of them dreamers, always reminiscing about the early days of E3. The times in which overly-excited game devs got to sit next to you, explaining everything while you were playing their demo. Wouldnt it be just peaches if that sentiment were transferable to the living room? Well… that’s what Project Moorcroft sets out to achieve.

“It used to be that you go to E3, you got to PAX, and you would go visit some of your favorite creators and they would have a piece or a level of a game that you could sit there and play.

“There would be someone from the studio right next to you… and you would get to experience the game, and they would get to generate excitement around what they’re building and what’s coming next.

“Those opportunities are getting smaller and smaller and more difficult to replicate.

“So we said, ‘why don’t we take Game Pass and make it like a show floor?’ Why don’t we make it possible for a developer to take a piece of their game, release it into Game Pass, generate excitement for what’s coming, and also get that really valuable feedback as they’re tuning and preparing their game for launch?”

Sounds like a plan, Sarah. Xbox is really taking this Game Pass thing to the next level. Are you taking notes, PlayStation?