Microsoft has just announced what it sees as the future of gaming, with the new service Xbox Game Pass.
Like Netflix (but for gamers), Xbox Game Pass will give players unlimited access to over 100 titles to download and play offline, for a small monthly fee.
The new service, which will launch later this spring, will feature the likes of Xbox One and Xbox 360 fan-favourites Halo 5: Guardians, Fable III and LEGO Batman – so yes, that does mean there's backwards compatibility.
There is a slight catch, though: if you have the older 360 console, you won't be able to use Xbox Game Pass – and any multiplayer action will require an Xbox Live Gold membership.
While this might all sound very exciting to an Xbox user, it's worth pointing out that Sony has tried – and failed – to roll out a similar service before.
OnLive was the first of its kind, offering PC, Mac and smartphone users the opportunity to trial and demo games without installing them on their hardware.
The patents were sold to Sony Interactive Entertainment in 2015, and the service is now defunct.
In a similar vein, Sony attempted to introduce its own version of the cloud platform with PlayStation Now back in 2014.
Just three years after its inception, Sony announced last month that it would be discontinuing the service across its consoles and compatible TVs.
Here's hoping Microsoft see a different ending, eh?
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