Microsoft to combine Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live into $14.99-a-month subscription

Microsoft plans to launch a new subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate that combines Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass in a single monthly charge. The Twitter user h0x0d first revealed the new Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, and states that the service will be priced at $ 14.99 per month. The Verge understands that Microsoft will likely release this service along with the company's new Xbox One S All-Digital edition later this month.

The combination of Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live subscriptions in a single monthly charge means that Xbox owners will save about $ 5 per month compared to the monthly subscription price of $ 19.98 for an existing combination of both. It's not a big savings, but the new offer of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will make a lot of sense for the new Xbox One S without disk of Microsoft, since this console will not include a unit of Blu-ray and will depend to a great extent on the digital downloads and Xbox. subscription services.

Microsoft has previously experimented with bundling services and even Xbox hardware together in individual subscriptions. The company briefly launched a subscription to Xbox All Access that offered an Xbox One X, Xbox Live Gold and leased Xbox Game Pass, all for a total of $ 34.99 per month. It was only a limited time offer, but it was clearly an experiment to test the demand for subscription packages.

Microsoft has aggressively promoted its Xbox Game Pass, a monthly subscription service that provides access to more than 100 Xbox games. Even Xbox Game Studios titles like Sea of ​​Thieves and Crackdown 3 are immediately available at the launch of the service, and Microsoft recently added Minecraft to the Xbox Game Pass. Microsoft is also working on an xCloud gaming service that will broadcast the games to PCs, consoles and mobile devices.

Updated: April 5, 2019 — 5:19 pm