Microsoft Launching $22 Xbox Console Subscription Service

31 August, 2018, 21:59 | Author: Rickey Flowers
  • Microsoft Announces Xbox All Access

Following weeks of rumors, Microsoft officially unveiled its Xbox All Access program.

Having leaked earlier this month, today's big Xbox announcement didn't shock as many people as you would think.

Between the two bundles, I prefer the Xbox One X over the Xbox One S as the X is more future proof, allowing you play upcoming games in 4K. That subscription provides immediate access to the hardware, which subscribers can keep after the subscription ends, as well as Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Games Pass, which normally cost about $15/month combined on their own.

The Xbox One S starts at $21.99 per month with online services, and the Xbox One X is $34.99 and up.

Essentially, Xbox All Access is more akin to what some phone carriers have recently begun offering. At the end of two years, the renter will fully own the console.

There are two different pricing models, depending on your console of choice.

While more details for the specifics around the programme aren't yet available, Venturebeat's report does call Xbox All Access a "limited-time offer" only for "qualified customers".

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In an interview with GI.biz, Microsoft's head of gaming services Ben Decker said that the company sees Game Pass as additive, rather than something that'll become a single stop for games, in the way that Netflix is for video, or services like Spotify are for music.

Microsoft's "Xbox All Access" lets consumers pay for a console in monthly installments. For $500, you can purchase a bundle that includes a special edition 1TB Xbox One X that fades from gold to black, versus the standard all-black version.

0% April for 24 months. As previously revealed, Xbox All Access enables anyone looking to buy an Xbox console in the USA to do so with no upfront cost and low monthly payments with no interest for two years.

Microsoft has been experimenting with subscription bundles for years.

Xbox All Access isn't a leasing offer; it's primarily a financing one. This looks to be another attempt at that, but with no upfront cost and a larger monthly charge. This first generation of VR headsets has been mostly focused on gaming scenarios, but unfortunately for gamers, they require powerful Windows 10 PCs and are not supported on Microsoft's Xbox One consoles.

For now, this remains unconfirmed, but if Xbox All Access does launch expect it to be available only in the USA to begin with.

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