It’s another month, and another round of new games coming to Xbox Game Pass very soon. We’ve already had Far Cry 5 hit the service this week, and now we’ve got a few more games coming to Game Pass in the near future. But, remember, this is just the first wave of Game Pass titles for the month, and you can expect even more announcements in the second half of July.
There are even some re-entries into the service, with the likes of Yakuza 0, Kiwami, and Kiwami 2 returning to Xbox Game Pass after being previously removed in December last year. Other games set to hit Game Pass soon include Last Call BBS, Escape Academy, PowerWash Simulator, and a whole lot more.
Every Yakuza Game Is Now Back On Xbox Game Pass
Now that Yakuza 0, Kiwami, and Kiwami 2 are back on Xbox Game Pass, that means that the entire Yakuza catalog is now back on the service. Yakuza 3, Yakuza 4, Yakuza 5, Yakuza 6 and Yakuza: Like a Dragon are all available to play on Xbox Game Pass right now. With this new reunion, it’s now much easier to jump in and play the entire Yakuza series with ease.
Everything Coming to Xbox Game Pass This Month (So Far)
This is the first wave of games announced and available for Xbox Game Pass in July. We’re expecting even more games to be announced throughout the month in the second wave of titles in the later half of July.
- Far Cry 5 (Console, PC, Cloud) — Available Now
- Last Call BBS (PC) — July 5
- Yakuza 0 (Console, PC, Cloud) — July 5
- Yakuza Kiwami (Console, PC, Cloud) — July 5
- Yakuza Kiwami 2 (Console, PC, Cloud) — July 5
- DJMAX Respect V (Console, PC, Cloud) — July 7
- Matchpoint (Console, PC, Cloud) — July 7
- Road 96 (Console, PC, Cloud) — July 7
- Escape Academy (Console, PC) — July 14
- My Friend Peppa Pig (Console, PC, Cloud) — July 14
- Overwhelm (PC) — July 14
- PAW Patrol The Movie (Console, PC, Cloud) — July 14
- PowerWash Simulator (Console, PC, Cloud) — July 14
Far Cry 5 Is On Xbox Game Pass Right Now
Far Cry 5 was already confirmed as a new Game Pass entry for July last month, so you can download and play it already on console, pc, and via cloud gaming.
Everything Leaving Game Pass in July (So Far)
The following games are leaving the Game Pass library by July 15, so if you want to keep playing them you’ll need to finalize a purchase before they leave.
- Atomicrops (Cloud, Console, and PC)
- Carrion (Cloud, Console, and PC)
- Children of Morta (Cloud, Console, and PC)
- Cris Tales (Cloud, Console, and PC)
- Lethal League Blaze (Cloud, Console, and PC)
First up, your Game Pass subscription must not currently be active – I repeat, you must not have an active Game Pass for this to work. Once you’re confident, proceed to the next step.
Next, you need to invest in up to 3-years worth of Xbox Live Gold. You can easily buy 12-month Xbox Live Gold codes from Amazon or other retailers, costing $60/£50 depending on your region.
I Recommend Stacking 2-Years of Xbox Live Gold
The maximum amount of stacking for Gold subscriptions is 36-months (costing $180), any more than that will be lost. So, to keep things safe for those who currently have a Gold membership, I recommend sticking to just 2-years’ worth (costing $120/£100).
Now, here’s the fun part. Once you’ve redeemed these codes and stacked your Xbox Live Gold membership up to your liking, you can then convert this time to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate at a 1:1 ratio.
Head to the Xbox Live Gold upgrade page and proceed to convert the time you’ve paid for directly into Game Pass Ultimate. If you’ve never used the upgrade feature before, this will cost $1/£1 (total cost coming to $121/£101). If you have used this before, it will instead cost you $14.99/£10.99 to upgrade.
Overall, at most, you’ll be paying only $135 for 2-years of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (instead of $359). If you manage to pull off a 3-year conversion, at most you’ll be paying $195 instead (instead of $539). Now that’s a big discount. Once you’re done, just make sure you turn off auto renewal as well.
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