Xbox All Access Is A Monthly Subscription That Comes With A Console
Microsoft is rolling out a new service in the US, UK, and Australia that gets you a console, a controller, and two years of Game Pass Ultimate for a single monthly subscription. There's even an option that gets you an upgrade to the next console, Project Scarlett, when it releases at the end of 2020.
According to the announcement post, Xbox All Access is "an all-inclusive Xbox experience with everything you need to start playing right out of the box". There are a number of options with the membership, so in the US and UK you can get an Xbox One X, Xbox One S, or the Xbox One S All-Digital with your subscription. Depending on which console you opt for, the monthly charge will change.
In the UK, an Xbox One S All-Digital will cost £17.99 a month, an Xbox One S is £19.99, and an Xbox One X is £24.99. If you go for either of the Xbox One S bundles then after you've subscribed for 18 months you'll get the option to upgrade to the next generation of console. You then trade in the console you chose originally, and a new console is sent out to you. If you go for the Xbox One X then you'll get that option after only 12 months. According to the terms and conditions on GAME's page, Xbox One S All-Digital subscribers will need to pay an upgrade fee of £15.
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While this generation of Xbox has been trailing when it comes to its exclusives, Microsoft has been rolling out some really interesting new services for gamers. Game Pass is a subscription to a giant library of games, even in some cases games that have only just been released. Last week The Outer Worlds released on Game Pass the same day as it appeared in shops. Microsoft has also committed to all its first-party games releasing on Game Pass on release day. So, with the news that Microsoft is buying up more and more studios, this means the next generation of Xbox should be flush with exclusive games that will be included with Game Pass.
So, if you don't have an Xbox, and the outlay of a couple of hundred pounds for the console is putting you off, paying £20 a month for all the hardware you need and two years of access to a library that will include every new exclusive and a stack of other games is a really good deal.
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