Microsoft's Xbox subscription service is now official: a store link to the new Xbox All Access plan went live this morning, describing how it works and how much it will cost. As reported by The Verge last week, you can hire an Xbox One X or standard Xbox One S for $ 34.99 or $ 21.99 a month, respectively. The plan looks like Microsoft was offered more than six years ago when it sold a subsidized Xbox 360 with Xbox Live Gold at the end of the generation's life cycle.
You have to commit yourself for two years, but with that subscription you get Xbox Live Gold, which lets you play multiplayer games online and get free titles and other benefits every month, and Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft's Microsoft subscription service sells for $ 9, 99. If you're doing math, you'll actually save money in 24 months, but only about $ 20.
In reality, this is more of a way for Microsoft to simplify the cost of owning an Xbox. By doing so, the company looks to encourage some players to try an Xbox before the next generation of hardware inevitably dominates the news cycle and discourages new buyers from the existing platform.
There are a couple of warnings here. You can only purchase the subscription personally at a participating Microsoft Store. The company also requests customers to sign up for a Dell Preferred Account, which is essentially a credit limit you must qualify for before Microsoft allows you to sign up. (It looks like smartphone leasing programs are working today.)
Microsoft will let you pay for the full cost of the package in advance, but again, you only use Xbox Live and Xbox Game Pass when you can only hardware and monthly subscriptions break .