Microsoft have relaunched their Xbox All Access console purchase plan, bringing the contract/subscription method of console buying to the UK and Australia, and adding many more options for how and what you buy. Not only that, but in the US and UK it also includes an option to upgrade to Project Scarlett once it’s available in Holiday 2020.
Starting at £17.99 GBP / $19.99 USD per month on a 24 month contract, you can get an Xbox One S, Xbox One S All-Digital or Xbox One X in various bundles depending on the region, all with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate thrown in, including Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass for PC. Xbox All Access to be available from tomorrow 29th October in Australia, 5th November in the UK and 18th November in the US through participating retailers and partners.
Here’s Microsoft’s breakdown of what you get:
- Xbox One console
- Players in the U.S. and U.K. can choose between Xbox One X, Xbox One S, or Xbox One S All-Digital Edition bundles
- Players in Australia can select the Xbox One X Forza Horizon 4 bundle or the Xbox One S Forza Horizon 4 bundle
- One Xbox Wireless Controller included with each bundle
- 24-month membership to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate
- Xbox Pass Ultimate includes all the benefits of Xbox Live Gold, including online multiplayer, and access to over 100 great games on console and PC.
- Option to upgrade to Project Scarlett once its available in Holiday 2020
Here’s how those look in terms of monthly pricing.
- Xbox One S All-Digital – $19.99 USD / £17.99 GBP per month
- Xbox One S – $22.99 USD / £19.99 GBP per month
- Xbox One X – $30.99 USD / £24.99 GBP per month
The Project Scarlett upgrade comes with a few caveats, in that it’s only available in the US and UK, and that you must have made 18 full payments or their equivalent. However, as a limited time deal, if you get an Xbox One X through Xbox All Access before 31st December 2019 you’ll be able to upgrade to the next gen machine after 12 months instead of 18.
Upgrades for Xbox One S and Xbox One X simply see you have to start a new 24 month contract for Project Scarlett and send back the current gen console, however, there is a £15 upgrade fee for those looking to trade in an Xbox One SAD. Australians will have to buy out the rest of their contract before being able to upgrade.
Update: Clarification of upgrade terms.
Xbox All Access will also work a bit like a phone contract in that you’ll have to be approved for credit through Microsoft’s partners (Citizens Bank in the U.S.; Klarna in the U.K.; Telstra in Australia), and are then locked in for 24 months. You’ll also have to buy through the various stores that Microsoft are working with:
- Australia: In-person and Online at Telstra
- UK: In-store at GAME or in-person and online at Smyths Toys
- US: Online from Amazon.com
It’s all a fascinating move from Microsoft, and strongly implies that what was previously an interesting experiment is going to be a core pillar of their gaming business heading into the next generation. Simply by announcing the upgrade option, it’s clear that Xbox All Access will spread to include Project Scarlett after its launch toward the end of 2020. Will that help tempt more gamers into joining the green team next generation? We’ll see.