Microsoft have confirmed the long rumoured Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, which bundles together the Xbox Game Pass gaming service with Xbox Live Gold for online play. It will launch officially in all Xbox Game Pass markets later this year, for the simple sum of $14.99 a month, but is available now for select Xbox Insider community members.
The aim of Ultimate isn’t to help people save money, but rather to offer more convenience at the lowest standard price. Xbox Game Pass is $9.99 per month, and so $119.88 per year, while Xbox Live Gold is cheapest when bought for a full 12 months, coming in at $59.99. Take out Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for a whole year and it works out at $179.88. OK, so it’s one cent more through Ultimate.
The benefit is that you will be able to more easily stop and resume Ultimate while maintaining this level of value. A single month of Xbox Live Gold is $9.99, three months is $24.99 and six months $39.99. You’d have to find a special offer to match or beat getting Gold for $5 per month. While we don’t currently have UK pricing, this could be especially useful when Xbox Live Gold prices jump up in May.
What do you think? If you own an Xbox, will you be shifting over to Ultimate once it’s available? Or are you going to continue sniffing out special offers as and when they come up?