Microsoft unveils full details on 'Xbox All Access' program

Aug 28, 2018, 04:54
Microsoft unveils full details on 'Xbox All Access' program

Last week we reported that Microsoft was planning take their recent experiments with subscription gaming to the next level with Xbox All Access, a new service that would bundle a console, Xbox Live, and Xbox Game Pass for a low monthly fee.

The Xbox All Access official site lists two packages: an Xbox One S starting at $22 per month, or an Xbox One X starting at $35 per month. Taking a cue from the phone carriers, the service which is available now brings together Xbox Live, Game Pass, and a console under one subscription plan on a two-year contract. Even worse, if you decide to drop out of the plan after a month, you could be staring down at a bill of $800 in the case of the Xbox One X package - far more than you would've spent if you would've just bought the console outright.

There are constraints in the subscription plan, however: It's available only in the USA, you have to go to a physical Microsoft store to sign up (and there isn't one in every state) and sign-ups will end after an unspecified "limited time". Sound familiar? Yeah, it's basically a two-year contract like the one you'd get from your wireless provider when buying an expensive smartphone. Otherwise, you're committing to paying monthly for two years. The subscription option is cheaper than the usual separate purchase of a console and both online services.

With Xbox All Access, you're looking at around $528 for an Xbox One S and $840 for an Xbox One X, obviously spread out over 24 months. You can create a deal with any Xbox bundle that suits your fancy; you aren't limited to certain models.

In order to sign up for Xbox All Access, you have to visit a Microsoft Store in person.

This offer is only available to new Xbox Live Gold subscribers or previous members who do not have an active subscription. It's worth pointing out, however, that Microsoft has committed to putting its first party Xbox One games on Game Pass on the same day they release at retail, so a subscription to that service could become more valuable as the collection of first-party games grows.