Microsoft inroduces Xbox All Access, a monthly subscription plan for Xbox consoles

Microsoft inroduces Xbox All Access, a monthly subscription plan for Xbox consoles

Microsoft inroduces Xbox All Access, a monthly subscription plan for Xbox consoles

This is a financing offer with 0% April, so you're actually paying off the console and online services monthly over the course of two years. The service, which was similar to a two-year contract, would offer customers the chance to get an Xbox One, Xbox Live Gold, and Xbox Game Pass with just one monthly fee. If you factor in the base price of $10 a month for Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold each, that price comes out to just over $840.

The Xbox One S offer is particularly intriguing, since it costs about $130 less than buying all of these products and services together, whereas the Xbox One X offering is only about $20 less over the course of the two years. You've got your choice of the Xbox One S or Xbox One X, but you can only get this deal in a Microsoft Store.

If you compare, the all-access subscription is a pretty good deal.

Since the latest generation of consoles began back in 2013, Microsoft has been left behind after the slow release of the Xbox One, which was pushed as a center piece of entertainment rather than the game system people wanted. Xbox One S bundles typically cost $299.99, while Xbox One X bundles tend to start at $499.99.

The Microsoft All Access pass offers two tiers of service - one for $21.99 and another for $34.99. However, a year later, Microsoft revealed Project Scorpio, which would eventually become the powerful Xbox One X console.

Do you get to keep the hardware?

It is interesting that this is a Microsoft special but is being financed through a Dell Preferred Account. DPA is a revolving line of credit which allows you to pay for your purchase all at once or gives you the flexibility to make monthly payments. However, it looks like Microsoft may be going all-in on the subscription gaming model much sooner than that. Decker affirms that the goal of the Xbox Game Pass is to serve as an "additive" to the existing ecosystem, not to supplant it. Microsoft doesn't "see a future where subscriptions are dominant".

"When we launched it, we thought an ever-increasing number of titles might be something that was really important to gamers", Decker said.

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