Xbox Game Pass Ultimate reportedly planned to launch in time for disc-less Xbox One

Vyse

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Microsoft reportedly plans to launch Xbox Game Pass Ultimate - just in time for the release of the disc-less Xbox One.

According to Twitter user @h0x0d and The Verge, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate combines Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass into a single monthly charge. In the US this will reportedly cost $14.99 a month - around £11.50. It amounts to a saving of around $5 a month.

You need an Xbox Live Gold subscription to play Xbox games online, of course. Xbox Game Pass is a Netflix-style subscription that gives you access to a library of titles.

The plan, The Verge said, is to announce the new subscription at the same time as the new disc-less Xbox One S All-Digital edition later in April. Such a move makes a lot of sense for prospective Xbox One S All-Digital edition owners, who will of course rely on downloads to play games.

Earlier this week, Microsoft said it would, from May, increase the price of Xbox Live Gold subscriptions in the UK.

According to emails sent to Xbox Live Gold members, 8th May will see a 12-month subscription raise from £39.99 to £49.99, while monthly subscriptions will increase from £5.99 to £6.99.

Three-month subscriptions are also getting a price hike, from £14.99 from £17.99, but a six-month membership will stay the same at £29.99.

Meanwhile, the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition will reportedly arrive in all current Xbox markets on 7th May, with three of Microsoft's biggest games already pre-loaded: Minecraft, Forza Horizon 3 (yes 3, not 4) and Sea of Thieves.
https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/...ly-plans-xbox-game-pass-ultimate-subscription

Those "changing market conditions" appears to be Microsoft pushing for more people to go all-digital. Now I'm expecting there to be a disc-less Xbox Two at launch, maybe even them being so bold as to not support physical games by then, if sales for the disc-less Xbox One really take off.
 
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I can't remember the last time I purchased a game on disc

Not chuffed about the increase in Xbox Live prices though, especially as I'm going back into PC gaming more. I think I might just let it lapse.
 

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Word is that MS is about to release a 3 months for $1 gamepass deal https://www.trueachievements.com/n37169/upcoming-xbox-game-pass-deal-three-months-for-1

Gamepass has been $1 per month for the entire year if I'm not mistaken. MS is desperately going after boosting subscription numbers by any means other than giving it out totally free. They just want something to brag about at E3 and pretend that millions are signing up at full price.
 

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Word is that MS is about to release a 3 months for $1 gamepass deal https://www.trueachievements.com/n37169/upcoming-xbox-game-pass-deal-three-months-for-1

Gamepass has been $1 per month for the entire year if I'm not mistaken. MS is desperately going after boosting subscription numbers by any means other than giving it out totally free. They just want something to brag about at E3 and pretend that millions are signing up at full price.
It's is $1 for the first month, for new subscribers only. Almost like a 1 month free trial.

  • *Valid only for new subscribers. Limit: 1 offer per account; credit card required. Only valid through link in this offer, in all Xbox Game Pass markets excluding Quebec. After first month, subscription continues to be charged at the then-current regular monthly price (subject to change), unless cancelled. Plus applicable taxes. Game catalog varies over time.
https://www.xbox.com/en-US/xbox-game-pass?&OCID=AID644966_SEM_9gHeXvIf

But it is cool that they are doing a 3 month promo deal starting on the 11th.

I see developers love what Game Pass is doing for them:

https://twinfinite.net/2019/03/xbox-game-pass-developer/

That would explain why Game Pass is getting so many games and developer support now.
 

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I might be mistaken and that the price hike is only for the UK. I originally thought they were just announcing it early for one region. But otherwise I still believe there's a strong effort by Microsoft to sell their games digitally to better compete with Valve, Epic, EA etc.

Anyway, it's interesting, I usually hear about there being hundreds of games to play with Xbox Game Pass - so what games has everyone been playing?
 

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I might be mistaken and that the price hike is only for the UK. I originally thought they were just announcing it early for one region. But otherwise I still believe there's a strong effort by Microsoft to sell their games digitally to better compete with Valve, Epic, EA etc.

Anyway, it's interesting, I usually hear about there being hundreds of games to play with Xbox Game Pass - so what games has everyone been playing?
I buy all my games new, digitally from all the stores.
 
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It's is $1 for the first month, for new subscribers only. Almost like a 1 month free trial.
https://www.xbox.com/en-US/xbox-game-pass?&OCID=AID644966_SEM_9gHeXvIf

But it is cool that they are doing a 3 month promo deal starting on the 11th.

I see developers love what Game Pass is doing for them:

https://twinfinite.net/2019/03/xbox-game-pass-developer/

That would explain why Game Pass is getting so many games and developer support now.
It's 3 months of gamepass for $1. Starting today. It's for new and inactive subscribers. It's the boost numbers for E3 deal.
Microsoft will offer new and inactive subscribers three months of Xbox Game Pass for just $1 USD / £1 / $1 AU.

The offer will be available until May 13 at 12 AM PT / 3 AM ET / 7 AM GMT / 5 PM AET. You can't combine this offer with other promotions, and you can claim it only one time per account. After the three months are over, you'll be charged the full monthly price unless you cancel.
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