“Trying a new look.”
Microsoft appears to have renamed its Xbox Game Pass to Game Pass only.
If recent changes to your social media accounts are something to be done, the service is continuing to use the Xbox logo but has removed the word “Xbox” from its official brand.
Game Pass and Game Pass on PC Twitter accounts announced the changes with a couple of cheeky tweets yesterday (thanks, Thurrott, via VGC), although the word “Xbox” is still interesting for the time being kept in the account names:
Trying a new look
̵1; Xbox Game Pass (@XboxGamePass) August 1, 2020
– Xbox Game Pass for PC (@XboxGamePassPC) August 1, 2020
If you hoped this meant that we will see the service on Nintendo Switch sooner rather than later, I have bad news. ICYMI, Xbox boss Phil Spencer recently poured cold water on the suggestion that the Xbox Game Pass subscription service could still launch on competing platforms. As Tom explained a few weeks ago, it was a change of position from multiple comments during this period of last year, when Spencer stated on several occasions that the Xbox Game Pass appearing “on all platforms” was “a long target term”.
Microsoft has removed the option to purchase 12-month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions in all territories where the annual subscription was sold.
While single-month and three-month subscriptions remain, it is no longer possible to save by purchasing the 12-month sub, leading to speculation that the service will be withdrawn or updated for its next generation system, Xbox Series X, which will be released by end of year.