PC Game Pass expands to new regions as Microsoft seeks to reach ‘billions’ of gamers
PC Game Pass is coming to even more regions around the world as part of Microsoft’s effort to “bring the joy and community of gaming to everyone on the planet.”
A preview of PC Game Pass is now available for players in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. This is the same version of PC Game Pass that is already available in other regions, so members can expect the same benefits. This includes access to a growing library of games, all Xbox Game Studios day one launches, and titles from the EA Play library.
“As this is the first step to PC Game Pass access in the region, participants can test and provide feedback so we can make improvements across the service,” Microsoft said.
After the testing period, and assuming things go as planned, Microsoft has announced that it will officially launch PC Game Pass in these countries later this year.
PC Game Pass is the PC version of Xbox Game Pass formerly known as Xbox Game Pass for PC. The program launched in 2019, following the launch of Xbox Game Pass in 2017.
“At Xbox, our mission is simple, bring the joy and community of gaming to everyone on the planet. Bringing PC Game Pass to new countries in Southeast Asia is an important part of how we get there. will come as we strive to reach billions of gamers,” said Jeremy Hinton, Chief Commercial Officer of Xbox Asia.
Some of the games available in PC Game Pass include Halo Infinite, Minecraft, Forza Horizon 5, Age of Empires IV, Sea of Thieves, and Microsoft Flight Simulator, and these are just Xbox titles.
PC Game Pass was previously known as Xbox Game Pass for PC. Microsoft changed the name because it confused some members of the public who assumed they would need an Xbox. That has never been the case, and the new naming convention should help clarify that, Microsoft said.
According to Microsoft’s latest tally, all versions of Game Pass had combined to reach 25 million members. The service competes with other subscription offerings, such as the new version of PlayStation Plus. For more, check out GameSpot’s PS Plus vs Game Pass comparison.