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Xbox is launching a Netflix for games, letting you play 100 games for $10 a month


Microsoft is betting that gamers will treat games like Netflix.

The Xbox Game Pass, announced Tuesday, will let gamers pick from a monthly catalog of 100 games for $10 a month instead of actually buying the game. 

The games will range from current hits like "Halo 5" to older classics like "SoulCalibur II." And subscribers will be able to buy the games in the catalog at a discount if they want to spend more than a month with a game.

We ... remain committed to giving you the freedom to play the games you want, with the friends you want, on the devices you want.
Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft's Xbox team

The feature isn't live yet. Microsoft is testing the feature with select groups. Its press release didn't say when it would be available to all. 

So far, Microsoft is the only major gaming console to get behind this. Sony's PlayStation Now program allows some game streaming from the cloud, but only for PlayStation 3 games. Nintendo's Switch console, due March 3, has no similar service.

The other big Xbox project

As Microsoft mentioned in the Game Pass release, the console codenamed Project Scorpio is also due for release in 2017. Few details about it have been released, but Microsoft branded it as the "most powerful console ever."

Microsoft could be hoping for a sales boost. As of October 2016, the PS4 had sold 50 million units, compared to the Xbox One's 24 million, TechRadar reports.

Gamers seemed pleased by the announcement.

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