The Xbox E3 press conference had a ton of news about great games. One the major announcements, that gamers had been expecting for some time, was the formal launch of Xbox Game Pass on PC and Game Pass Ultimate. This new service combines Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass, with all the associated free games and discounts, making it a stellar deal at $15 a month. Microsoft even revealed new games coming to the service. Batman: Arkham Knight, Metro: Exodus, Hollow Knight, and Borderlands: The Handsome Collection were all new additions last night.
With the launch of Game Pass on PC and the attached Game Pass Ultimate bundle, gamers flocked to the Microsoft store to grab the new account upgrade. The sheer volume of both AAA and indie titles alone, more than 100 overall, makes Game Pass Ultimate a great deal. Also, if you upgrade to the $15 a month status, all the games on Game Pass get a 20% if bought through the Microsoft store. So one $60 new release can basically pay for the monthly subscription by saving roughly that amount.
While Xbox Live services themselves remained stable, the crashes seemed to have caused other issues. Some players reported online features breaking in certain games, or not being compatible with the trial version of Game Pass Ultimate. Needless to say, but people were a bit irritated by the whole thing.
The services are currently being worked on, with only intermittent outages being reported by some users.