From now on, every major home console offers an online subscription, which enables or enhances online multiplayer and other goodies. Microsoft pioneered this space with its Xbox Live system back in 2002 and offers access either from month to month or as an annual fee at a discount. The latter is no longer an option.
Previously available at $ 60, the annual pass was a significant savings below the price of 3 months ($ 25) or month to month ($ 10). If you are looking for these savings, some prepaid physical cards are still out there and may be on the shelves of retailers like Gamestop or Best Buy. Amazon is still selling the digital codes right now. But if you want to resume your Xbox Live subscription directly from Microsoft, it’s either a month or three months.
Microsoft has been pushing its online services hard since late for both Xbox and PC gamers. The new Xbox Game Pass includes unlimited access to “over 100 Xbox games” for $ 10 per month, with an alternative PC version with a different library of games downloaded from the Windows Store. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate includes all Game Pass titles on Xbox One and PC, plus Xbox Live, for $ 15 per month. Starting in September, it will also include access to Microsoft’s innovative game streaming service xCloud.
Microsoft may be trying to wean players off the less robust Xbox Live system, in exchange for the less expensive but more valuable Game Pass, as it prepares to launch the new Xbox Series X consoles this winter. We’ll see.
Source: Microsoft via Pocket-Lint