Depending on how and how much you play, the payment plan might make some sense.
Want to play some Xbox games? Well you won’t have to buy an Xbox to do it anymore, at least not in the traditional sense. Microsoft is taking its Xbox Live and Netflix-like Xbox Game Pass subscription to their logical conclusions with Xbox All Access, a payment plan that includes both subscriptions and an Xbox.
The promotion has been rumored for a while but was accidentally announced when the Xbox Wire posted (and then promptly removed) a post officially announcing the subscription which runs $22 a month for both subscriptions and an Xbox One S or $35 a month for both subscriptions and an Xbox One X. In both cases, if you keep the subscription up for 24 months, you get to keep the Xbox because you’ve paid it off.
So how does the math work out? Xbox Games Pass costs $10 per month for its access over 100 games, and Xbox Live Gold can be had for as cheap as $60 per year if you buy it a year at a time. The result is that the cost of these services account for $360 ($240 + $120) of the total cost of the $528 two-year Xbox One S plan and the $840 two-year Xbox One X plan.
That brings the ultimate cost of the Xbox One S down to a mere $168, nearly half the price of the $300 Xbox One S bundles that Microsoft currently sells (though those also come with games and trial subscriptions to these same services). The math also works out to a $480 Xbox One X, which is a very modest improvement on Microsoft’s $500 bundles, especially considering the pack-in games and trials that would come with that package. That tighter margin also calls a bit more attention to the fact that if you buy an Xbox and don’t subscribe to either the Games Pass or Xbox Live Gold (or one without the other) it’s going to be much cheaper in either case, and the Xbox Game Pass really only makes sense if you’re playing through games at a pretty swift clip.
While Xbox Wire hasn’t republished the promotion announcement (yet), at the time of this writing the information is still live on Microsoft’s online store, though you’ll have to find a physical store if you want to sign up for this deal. Depending on how feverishly you plan to play games and how much money you have on hand to plunk down for a system immediately, it might make sense. Though there are always even cheaper alternatives if you’re more into stoking your nostalgia.
Previously Published by: Popular Mechanics USA
According to Microsoft SA: “Xbox All Access is a limited-time offer currently only available in the U.S.”