Almost everyone is used to paying a monthly bill to have the latest mobile handset along with the data / calls package of choosing – but would you be willing to do the same to have the latest games console?
Microsoft have just announced their ‘Xbox All Access’ program, this is only available in the US at the moment and is only a limited time offer, however, we all know this is a test and if it works it will most likely get a worldwide rollout if not for this generation of console for the next.
So what is it? As you guessed it’s a 24 month subscription (similar to most mobile phone contracts), for this you will receive an Xbox one console, Xbox Live for 24 months and Xbox Game Pass for 24 months. The cost for this service will depend on the console you choose, the Xbox One S will set you back $21.99 per month and the Xbox One X will cost $34.99, there doesn’t appear to be an option to take the original Xbox.
It is also important to note that once the 24 month payment period has ended, you DO get to keep the console, however if you would like to continue with ‘Xbox Live’ and the ‘Xbox Game Pass’ you will of course have to pay for these moving forward.
So, is it worth it? Let’s do the maths:
The total cost of ‘Xbox All Access’ over a 24 month period is $527.76.
The cost to buy a new Xbox One S is around $250, the cost of Game Pass is $9.99 per month and the cost of Xbox Live is $59.99 per year so the total sum to buy everything individually including Game Pass and XBL for 2 years is: $609.74
(We understand you may be able to get the console and Xbox Live access cheaper by shopping around)
So in total it actually works out cheaper to take the Xbox All Access deal – that is as long as you want the Game Pass and Xbox Live – if you don’t want these then it is obviously much cheaper to buy the console outright.
Whether it’s a good deal for you or not is something you need to decide, but we think it’s a good offering especially for people that can’t afford to spend $500 upfront for a new console.