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Xbox Game Pass for PC finally has a sensible name

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There are three versions of Microsoft's Game Pass subscription: Xbox Game Pass, which gets you console games, Xbox Game Pass for PC, which gets you PC games, and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which gets you access to both the console and PC libraries, plus the benefits of Xbox Live Gold.

It's a little confusing. The sequence of words "Xbox Game Pass for PC" only makes sense if you accept the premise that all games are Xbox games, and some Xbox games can be played on PC. It's like calling PC Gamer "Xbox Gamer for PC."

In the Game Awards skit embedded above, Microsoft announced that it's finally giving its PC subscription service a more sensible name. It'll now be called "PC Game Pass."

I already feel lighter after having typed it out once. PC Game Pass. Ah, much better. 

I was able to accept that there's an Xbox app on the PC, and that we had to type out "Xbox Game Pass for PC," but only because Microsoft finally started putting all its Xbox exclusives on PC, which earned it a lot of goodwill after its various disasters, such as Games for Windows Live. But I didn't like it.

Between this announcement and an appearance from Remedy's Sam Lake, it's been a decent Game Awards for me.

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Tyler Wilde

Tyler has spent over 1,200 hours playing Rocket League, and slightly fewer nitpicking the PC Gamer style guide. His primary news beat is game stores: Steam, Epic, and whatever launcher squeezes into our taskbars next.