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Microsoft to combine Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live into $14.99-monthly subscription

Original Article: https://www.theverge.com/2019/4/5/18296816/microsoft-xbox-game-pass-ultimate-subscription-pricing-release-date-rumors

Xbox Game Pass and Live Bundle

Microsoft is planning on launching a new Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription that combines Xbox Live Gold and the Game Pass into a single monthly charge. Twitter user h0x0d first revealed the new Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, and it claims the service will be priced at $14.99 per month. The Verge understands that Microsoft will likely unveil this service alongside the company’s new disc-less Xbox One S All-Digital edition later this month.

The combination of these service subscriptions into a single monthly charge means Console owners will save around $5 per month compared to the $19.98 monthly subscription price for an existing combination of the two. It’s not a massive saving, but the new Xbox Game Pass Ultimate offering will make a lot of sense for Microsoft’s new disc-less Xbox One S since this console won’t include a Blu-ray drive and will rely heavily on digital downloads and subscription services.

Microsoft has previously experimented with bundling services and even Xbox hardware together into single subscriptions. The company briefly launched an Xbox All Access subscription that offered a leased Xbox One X, Xbox Live Gold, and Game Pass all together for $34.99 per month. It was only a limited time offer, but it was clearly an experiment to test the demand for subscription bundling.

Microsoft has been aggressively touting its gaming subscription service that provides access to more than 100 games. Even Game Studios titles like Sea of Thieves and Crackdown 3 are available immediately at launch on the service, and Microsoft recently added Minecraft to Xbox Game Pass. Microsoft is also working on an xCloud game streaming service that will stream games to PCs, consoles, and mobile devices.

 

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