Microsoft doesn’t want Game Pass to be "the Netflix of games"

Helen Aguilar
August 30, 2018

The appeal of the financing deal is also heavily based around Game Pass, considering it involves subscribing to the $10-a-month (£7.99 in the UK) service for two years. No interest charged on promotional purchase if total purchase paid in full within 24 months. 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. Customers can choose between an Xbox One S or an Xbox One X and they get to own the console at no upfront cost.

The subscription plan, which is unique to Microsoft and has been rumored for some time, offers a lower barrier to buy gaming consoles, which carry somewhat hefty price tags.

Original Story: Last week rumors surfaced for Xbox All Access, a new subscription package coming from Microsoft that'll make acquiring an Xbox One much, much easier. "We're not gonna sell 2 billion consoles", Microsoft's Xbox lead, Phil Spencer, told Business Insider in an interview in June.

Microsoft has officially announced Xbox All Access, the monthly payment-powered subscription plan that bundles together an Xbox One console, Xbox Live, and Xbox Game Pass for between $21.99 and $34.99 a month.

Xbox All Access helps people finance Xbox One hardware, and it helps them pay less than they would if they separately bought the console and services. Monthly payments required. Purchase amount divided into 24 substantially equal monthly payments, rounded up to next dollar. And a new Xbox One X console?

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All new Xbox One S 1TB or Xbox One X consoles, including those packaged as a bundle with games, is available with Xbox All Access as well. If you prefer something more powerful, you can grab an Xbox One X.

"We don't have a goal of being the subscription where you get all your content".

There's no upfront cost, but to sign up, you'll have to be approved for a Dell Preferred Account. After that, the Dell Preferred Account plan can charge up to 29.99% April.

It's a payment structure that will be familiar to any consumer who's ever signed up for a two-year phone plan allowing them to pay for the phone in installments. It hasn't stopped there either, with even more games continuing to build Microsoft's backward compatibility lineup and Game Pass offerings as the holidays draw near. Assuming you can afford it (and, obviously, that you actually want an Xbox One), this might not be a bad way to buy a new console. Head down to the comments section and let us know!

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