Xbox Game Pass July 2023 Wave 1 Starts Today With GTA 5 And More

Published: July 5, 2023 9:33 AM /


The games being added as part of Xbox Game Pass July 2023 Wave 1, presented as cover art as is customary for Xbox

The first games being added to Xbox Game Pass in July have been announced, and there are some very solid prospects on the list indeed. Starting today, you'll get to play one of the most iconic crime sandbox games of all time, and through the next week or two, you can expect sims, shooters, and strange adventures.

As announced by Xbox, the first game coming to Game Pass this month is Grand Theft Auto 5, which you can play today on console and cloud. It needs no introduction; you already know the tale of Michael, Franklin, and Trevor, but if you don't, then the Game Pass version is available on both Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, so now's the time to experience it.

Also being added today is Sword and Fairy: Together Forever, a Chinese action RPG blending ancient mythology with wuxia martial arts and classical aesthetics. This game was originally announced for Game Pass last month, but you're finally getting a chance to try it out on PC, console, and cloud today.

Trevor pointing while Michael looks on in GTA 5, one of the games being added in Xbox Game Pass July 2023 Wave 1
GTA 5 might be ten years old this year, but there's life in the old psychopath yet.

Tomorrow, you'll get to check out pixelated absurdist adventure McPixel 3, which throws another series of hilarious mishaps your way and asks you to solve 'em. Next Tuesday brings "squatter settlement simulation" Common'hood and modern warfare shooter Insurgency: Sandstorm, and, of course, July 14th brings the mighty dino shooter Exoprimal, a day one release for Game Pass.

Following these, on July 18th, two more games will be added to Xbox Game Pass. They are Techtonica, a factory sim that can either be played solo or co-op, and The Cave, an idiosyncratic adventure game brought to you by Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion head honcho Ron Gilbert. It's a bumper crop this month!

Here's a quick recap of everything heading to Game Pass through the first part of July.

  • Grand Theft Auto 5 (today - console and cloud)
  • Sword and Fairy: Together Forever (today - PC, console, cloud)
  • McPixel 3 (July 6th - PC, console, cloud)
  • Common'hood (July 11th - PC, console, cloud)
  • Insurgency: Sandstorm (July 11th - PC)
  • Exoprimal (July 14th - PC, console, cloud)
  • Techtonica (July 18th, Game Preview - PC, console, cloud)
  • The Cave (July 18th - console and cloud)

With the good must come the bad, of course, and so we must say farewell to a few Xbox Game Pass titles next week as well. Here's everything that's leaving on July 15th (don't worry, it's not a long list!).

  • Exo One
  • PAW Patrol The Movie: Adventure City Calls
  • Spelunky 2


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