As with many of Xbox's public appearances over the last few years, its X019 showcase served as an opportunity to press home the broad appeal of subscription service Xbox Game Pass.
It's Microsoft's answer to the wave of subscription services that have swept across the music, TV, and film industries, and an emphatic response to Sony's groundbreaking PlayStation Plus.
Since opening up its fledgling Xbox Game Pass scheme at the beginning of 2018 to include first-party releases upon launch at no extra cost, Xbox has been increasingly aggressive about the programme's advantages.
For between US$4.99 (RM20.73) and US$14.99 (RM62.29) per month, depending on the tier – but frequently offered to new members at US$1 (RM 4.16), either for one month or, as is the case right now, three – members get immedate access to over 150 games on PC and over 240 games on Xbox One.
Its existing library ranges from high-profile titles such as The Outer Worlds and Wolfenstein II to indie hits like Undertale and Wandersong, and Xbox staff announced a new swathe of partnerships during Nov 14's X019 event in London.
Those will include standard-setting role-playing adventure The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt by the end of the year.
Coming in 2020 will be three titles from the open world anti-hero Yakuza franchise in series prequel Yakuza 0 and glossy early entry remakes Yakuza Kiwami and Yakuza Kiwami 2; Xbox Game Pass already added Shenmue and Shenmue II, the Yakuza franchise's forerunners, earlier in the year.
Another major coup involved ten games in the Final Fantasy franchise, from Final Fantasy VII to three entries in the Final Fantasy XIII subseries and recent release Final Fantasy XV.
Availability on Xbox console and Windows PC doesn't always match up for Game Pass users – The Witcher 3 won't be offered on PC, for example – but one platform exclusive will be internally produced Microsoft Flight Simulator, using data imported from Microsoft's Bing Maps service to impressive effect and currently expected to arrive in 2020 as a perhaps less environmentally damaging way to enjoy the freedom of the skies.
– AFP Relaxnews