Are you interested in trying Xbox Game Pass Ultimate but not sure what you’re getting for your money? Here’s some good news: a few days after Microsoft raised the price of its subscription service, the company also introduced a $1/£1 month trial.
The $1/£1 trial month has long been a staple of the subscription service since it launched back in 2017, but in March 2023, Microsoft confirmed that it was scrapping the initial offer and “evaluating various marketing promotions ” for new members in the future.
Fast forward just three months, however, and the one-month discount scheme has been resurrected, allowing new subscribers to see what the service has to offer for just $1/$1 the first month. After that, the usual $17/£13 price will apply for Ultimate subs on console, or $11/£8 for the PC-only offer.
This is good news for anyone who’s been tempted by the service but hasn’t committed yet, although seasoned gamers may want to wait until the next big AAA release hits the service – say, Starfield in Septembermaybe, or fable – while Xbox gives Ultimate subscribers access to all first-party platform exclusives the day they’re released… publicly opposed for some timebother.
As already mentioned Xbox Game Pass price increase? Xbox Game Pass Subscription prices have increased from $9.99 / £7.99 / AU$10.95 to $10.99 / £8.99 / AU$11.95. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers are similarly affected, with their costs rising from $14.99 / £10.99 / AU$15.95 per month to $16.99 / £12.99 / AU$18.95. Only players in Norway, Chile, Denmark, Switzerland, and Saudi Arabia were spared the price hike.
Don’t forget that Microsoft is also set to increase the price of those Xbox Series X on August 1, with plans to increase the console’s recommended retail price from £449 / AU$749 (equivalent to $499) to £479.99 / AU$799.99 – an increase of 11 percent.
That said, if you’re in the market for an Xbox Series X, you can get a great bargain by taking advantage of the Amazon Prime Day Xbox Series X Deals when they arrive Amazon Prime Day 2023 from July 11-12.