Wondering how to get Xbox Game Pass working on your PC? This guide tells you everything you need to know.
Microsoft’s Game Pass has become an enticing way to explore the ever-growing library of Xbox consoles and play a wealth of games on the cheap. This on-demand subscription service has established itself as the gold standard when it comes to gaming services on consoles.
As it stands, though, the features and selections remain a bit more limited when it comes to PC support as compared to console. Additionally, it’s not always too apparent as to what Game Pass titles are accessible on Windows, or even how to access the service as a whole on PC. This guide will cover these details so that you’ll be enjoying the benefits of Game Pass on your PC in no time.
Subscribe To Game Pass
The first step in accessing Game Pass on PC is perhaps the simplest and most obvious one, though it’s also the most crucial. You’ll need to pick up a subscription to Game Pass Ultimate (which includes PC support) or Game Pass on PC specifically.
Ultimate currently stands at $14.99 per month ($1 for the first month), while PC stands at $9.99 per month ($1 for the first month).
You can pick from one of the three versions of Game Pass and subscribe by clicking on this link.
The Xbox App
- Once Game Pass is set up, you’ll want to download the Xbox App, which you can find by clicking on this link.
- Once this is downloaded, you should log in using your Microsoft account, which will give you access to a sleek interface with various options and game icons displayed. From here, digital games in your collection can be installed for play on your PC, and you can also access the entire Game Pass library by clicking on the “Game Pass” tab in the top left corner.
- A slew of game icons will appear, which can be filtered to show the PC-compatible ones by clicking the “All PC Games” tab in the center of the interface.
- There is no shortage to choose from, as you can currently access nearly 200 Windows 10 games.
Once installed, the PC games will show up on a nifty tab on the left side of the app. You’re also given the option to access them more directly via desktop shortcuts. These games will remain in your library for as long as you have Game Pass Ultimate or Game Pass PC.
The Microsoft Store
For those looking to bypass the extra download, you can download and install the PC-compatible Game Pass games more directly through the Microsoft Store App, which should be on any Windows 10 and 11 machines by default. It can be pulled up quickly by typing “Microsoft Store App” in the search bar.
- From this app, go to the gaming section by clicking on the controller icon in the left tab. You can then scroll through the various PC games available.
- Alternatively, you can type in the game you’re looking for by typing in a title in the search bar at the top of the app.
- Game Pass titles are branded with a green “Game Pass” tag.
Microsoft Store Via Browser
Finally, you can conveniently search through a catalog of Game Pass PC titles by visiting the Microsoft online store via this link.
- Make sure you’re signed in, then click on the Game Pass tab in the top left. A bar will appear, which includes a PC Game Pass link. Click on that link.
- Then look on the page for All Games and click on that link.
- This will bring you to a list of compatible games, which can be installed on your PC—but keep in mind this must also be done through the Xbox App.
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