Microsoft Bug Says Elden Rings, GTA V Is Available On Game Pass

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Earlier this week, some people checking Microsoft’s Cloud Gaming beta website noticed something odd: listings for games like Elden Ring and Grand Theft Auto V not only said they were part of the company’s Game Pass offering, but would also be playable in the cloud.

Here’s a screenshot of it Elden Ring’s page created by @klobrillewhich clearly shows both the “GAME PASS” badge and the fact that it can be played in the Cloud Gaming beta:

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Offers for Grand Theft Auto V (who has already been employed and has left) and, strangely enough, Soul Hackers revealed the same thing, in that none of the games were previously available on Game Pass or on Cloud Gaming, but now they were here. Even weirder is the fact that none of those things were ever announced, which you’d think would be the case given the fame of both. Elden Ring and GTA V.

There’s a reason for that, of course, because Microsoft have since told Eurogamer that the entries were a “bug”. “We are aware of a bug that caused some titles to incorrectly show as available with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate,” said a representative. “We have rolled out a solution and it has now been updated.”

Normally this kind of administrative, backend stuff wouldn’t be That exciting, but what got people interested here is that GamesCom is less than two weeks away, and Microsoft will be making a major appearance (and a live presentation). And in June, Microsoft announced that Xbox Game Pass Ultimate users will be able to play “selected” titles they own through Cloud Gaming, even if they’re not part of the Game Pass catalog.

Put those two things together and it seemed quite plausible that Microsoft just jumped on some GamesCom announcements. Calling these entries a “bug” certainly seems to dampen that enthusiasm, but GamesCom kicks off on August 22 in case you want to keep an eye on things anyway.

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