Microsoft’s much-talked about smartphone-style subscription service is ready to make a comeback and this time it will be available in the UK, US and Australia.
In this scheme, gamers can pay a monthly fee for 24 months (the prices start from $19.99/£17.99) and in return will receive Xbox One hardware (either an X, S or S All-Digital) and a subscription to Ultimate Game Pass. This Ultimate Game Pass includes Xbox Live Gold, along with a large selection of games for Xbox One and PC.
Microsoft has already made a trail of this offer in the US. And this time they are expanding it to the US and Australia. Gamers can use this service through Amazon in the US, GAME and Smyths Toys in the UK and Telstra in Australia. Microsoft has stated these three countries are just the beginning and in the upcoming times more territories will be added.
There is also a good news for the gamers who subscribe to this All-Access service this year. These subscribes will have the liberty to upgrade their subscription and get Microsoft’s next Xbox, currently named Project Scarlett, when it launches next year. This Xbox blog talks in detail about this offer and the rules regarding it.
This All-Access service is an attempt by Microsoft to give a smartphone-style offering in which customers can buy the latest hardware without the upfront cost. In the past, over this generation, both PlayStation and Xbox delivered upgrades to its hardware in the form of PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X. This has led to comparisons with regards to how the smartphone market operates, which delivers regular improvements to hardware on an almost yearly basis.
It should be noted that neither Microsoft nor Sony are planning annual hardware revisions but even then the next generation of machines will be compatible with many of the games and services available on the current devices. It also means that the transition between the consoles will be more comparable to how the smartphone business works.
Jeff Gattis, the General Manager of Platform and Devices Marketing at Microsoft said, “By design, the consumer is at the very center of Xbox All Access.” He added that, “Xbox All Access gives players everything they need to start playing, on the latest devices with the latest games. Not only does the purchasing flexibility benefit the customer, but the content and quality of the program does as well.”
Gattis noted that this is a first of its kind program for Xbox, and they are pleased to be providing new ways for gamers to experience the best value and choice in gaming. He explained that they are thrilled to provide even more value to their fans by enabling them to experience the best games of Xbox One, with an easy path to upgrade to Project Scarlett when it launches alongside Halo Infinite in Holiday 2020. He also feels that this is just the start for Xbox All Access.