Xbox has announced a new PC Game Pass referral program that lets existing members gift a free trial of the subscription service to a friend.
Every Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and PC Game Pass holder will be able to send a total of five friend referrals by clicking the “Give PC Game Pass” button located on your Game Pass home screen menu. Each trial can be redeemed to grant access to a 14-day PC Game Pass trial, as long as the target of your generosity is new to the service.
Microsoft has launched the program to coincide with the release of Arkane’s first-person action horror shooter Redfall, which was released earlier today on Game Pass for Xbox consoles and PC.
Beyond Redfall the trial unlocks all of the content usually contained in the PC Game Pass service, including hundreds of games ranging from Rare’s pirate adventure title Sea of Thieves, to Playground Games’ high-octane offering in Forza Horizon 5. The trial also provides access to all the titles included in an EA Play membership, along with any new first party Xbox Studio games launching onto the service during the trial period.
The new program will be welcome news to gamers hoping to give Game Pass on PC a try, especially considering that Microsoft recently ended a long standing promotion that offered a one month trial of the subscription service for $1.
Xbox recently revealed some of the titles that will be coming to Game Pass in the the coming month, including the fairlytale action-adventure Ravenlok (May 4), the action RPG Weird West (May 8), the tactical cyberpunk-inspired Shadowrun Trilogy (May 9), and the turn-based title Fuga: Melodies of Steel 2 (May 11).
While the new friend referral system is ideal for Redfall’s co-op nature, the shooter has had some significant problems out of the gate. Our review in progress highlights a number of display issues and bugs, which, combined with a degree of “vanilla” mission design and a “lifeless world”, left IGN’s Luke Reilly feeling underwhelmed at the state of the game.
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