Outriders is one of the Xbox Game Pass’s most important additions yet.
It’s not just a big game coming to the Netflix-for-games subscription service, but Outriders is on Game Pass day one. This is unusual for AAA games not developed by a Microsoft studio. If the demo was not enough to convince you that the game was worth it (even though it was a lot of fun), you still have the chance to try it all without buying it.
Xbox Game Pass becomes more complicated as the games are shared between console, PC and cloud versions of the service. And Outriders is one of those cases. It was released on Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.
Want Outriders be on the PC version of Xbox Game Pass? The answer is not so simple.
Is Outriders on Xbox Game Pass for PC?
Outriders is not on Xbox Game Pass for PC at launch. When it was announced in mid-March that it was coming to Game Pass, Outriders was only listed for Xbox Game Pass via console and cloud. Microsoft repeated this on Twitter the same day, and confirmed to a fan that it would not be on the Xbox Game Pass for PC day one.
If you have Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, just give it a try Outriders on Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S or stream it from the cloud on Android.
While the door is open for Outriders to get to the PC version of Game Pass, it’s not there right now. Square Enix and Microsoft have not officially commented on why this is the case. Still, this move makes sense considering it Outriders sold on Steam and Epic Games Store.
Xbox Game Pass differs from the popular PC store fronts, so making it a Game Pass title in the Windows Store can cannibalize Outriderssales on Steam and Epic Games Store. Meanwhile, Square Enix only sells games digitally through Microsoft on Xbox consoles, so it makes a lot more sense to put it on Xbox Game Pass there.
If multiple AAA games with multiple platforms like Outriders Starting to appear on the Xbox Game Pass, this may become a more frequent issue, as developers and publishers are likely to continue to sell their games on other PC stores. It reveals the big problem with the Xbox Game Pass: The game library is not unified across all three versions of the platform.
Play as Outriders and Fallout: New Vegas remain console-exclusive, while others like Battletech and Crusader Kings III is only available on PC. It can be a little confusing to wrap your head around what is there. Know it for now, Outriders is only available on Xbox Game Pass for console and cloud, and there is nothing to know if or when it can be changed.
Outriders is now available for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Stadia.