Microsoft PC Game Pass preview begins in the Philippines and 4 other SEA countries
Microsoft’s PC Game Pass expands to the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam
Microsoft’s PC Game Pass is coming to the Philippines and four other Southeast Asian countries – Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.
To start, Microsoft is offering a preview of the games subscription service starting Tuesday, March 29. Through this service, players can pay a monthly fee to play a selection of games.
The PC Game Pass preview will feature over “100 high-quality games, including new day one releases from Xbox Game Studios, iconic Bethesda games, and an EA Play subscription.”
Titles on PC Game Pass include Minecraft, Forza Horizon 5, Age of Empires IV, Sea of Thieves, and Microsoft Flight Simulator, among others. The pass also includes new Xbox Game Studios titles on day one like Infinite Haloand games from the Microsoft-owned Bethesda Softworks series, such as Fallout and The Elder Scrolls. EA Play is also included in the service, which offers games from franchises such as FIFA, Battlefield, The Sims and Mass Effect.
The preview can be accessed through the Xbox Insider Hub app. To find the app, search for the Microsoft Store app on a Windows PC and search for Xbox Insider. Here is a step by step:
- Download the Xbox Insider app from the Microsoft Store on Windows.
- After logging into the app with your Microsoft account, go to the Previews tab and join the preview of the PC Game Pass Southeast Asia market expansion.
- Wait for the recording to complete.
- Launch the Xbox app found in the Microsoft Store on Windows if it’s not already installed.
- Sign in to the Xbox app with the same Microsoft account you used to join the Southeast Asia market expansion preview for PC Game Pass, then subscribe to PC Game Pass from the Xbox app, and you’re ready to download and play games.
The trial fee is P5 for the duration of the preview, which will also allow Microsoft to “configure and test local payment systems”.
“As this is the first step towards PC Game Pass access in the region, participants can test and share their feedback so that we can make improvements to the service as a whole. We look forward to sharing more information on how to join PC Game Pass when the service launches in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam later this year,” Microsoft said in its press release.
PC Game Pass was launched in 2019 in the United States and other markets, and has become one of the most popular game subscription services for its attractive selection of games at an attractive monthly rate.
There’s also a separate Xbox Game Pass for Xbox console players, and Microsoft’s announcement for the Southeast Asia preview is specifically for the PC version of its Game Pass. The main difference between the two is that some games are only available on the console pass, and vice versa. In the United States, subscription to PC Game Pass starts at $10.
“At Xbox, our mission is simple: to 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 which we will achieve as we strive to reach billions of players,” said Jeremy Hinton, Xbox Asia Business Manager. – Rappler.com