Microsoft may be planning a service similar to a cell phone plan for their Xbox ecosystem. Windows Central reports that “Xbox All Access” will be a monthly subscription service that will net customers Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Game Pass, and an Xbox One console. The service will also offer a choice between an Xbox One S or the more powerful Xbox One X, with a price tag of $22 per month for the Xbox One S plan or $35 per month for the Xbox One X plan. After a period of two years, you’ll completely own the console. The service seems to be U.S. only, which would explain why it wasn’t announced at Germany’s Gamescom 2018.
Right now, an Xbox One S bundled with a select game costs $229 on Microsoft’s website. An Xbox One X will run you $499. Xbox Live Gold is $60 for a year, and Game Pass is $10 a month. Xbox All Access should make things slightly cheaper overall for both options.
This service falls in line with Microsoft’s strategy for the later half of this generation: providing attractive services and a connected ecosystem to draw in new players. Xbox Game Pass continues to grow, with huge titles like Halo: The Master Chief Collection coming soon, as well as every first party Xbox exclusive launching day and date on the service. Backwards Compatibility sees new titles added monthly, with most titles seeing enhancements on Xbox One X. The Xbox Play Anywhere program promotes cross buy and cross play between Xbox and Windows PC. All of that in combination with Xbox All Access makes the barrier of entry into the current console generation much lower than it has ever been. Lowering the cost of entry into the Xbox ecosystem should give Microsoft’s console a much needed boost in market share against the leading PlayStation 4.
Microsoft is planning to officially unveil the service later this month. Microsoft is also reportedly working on a new controller codenamed “Washburn”, so expect more Xbox news soon.