Microsoft announced the Xbox Game Pass on February 28, 2017 and made a limited number of games available to select members of the Xbox Insider community for testing and feedback purposes.
The service launched June 1, 2017 whilst subscribers of Xbox Live Gold were allowed access on May, 24 2017.
An Xbox Live Gold subscription is not required for the Pass, but it is required for online multiplayer content in games.
Microsoft's E3 2017 press conference saw them introduce select Xbox titles would be available similar to Xbox 360 titles, it was later stated that some of those games could make it onto Game Pass.
First Party on Game Pass
January 23, 2018 saw Microsoft expand Game Pass by adding all future Microsoft first-party titles to the Game Pass day and date with the retail release. Sea of Thieves was the first new title to appear on Game Pass on March 20, 2018.
Games Removed From Service
All games are subject to removal in order to make room for newer games. However, some older games may be rotated back on to the service at a later date.
Xbox Game Pass is available in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
On March 29, 2022, the PC Game Pass Preview launched in five Southeast Asian countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. The service has been officially launched in these countries on April 21, 2022.