Xbox All Access, Microsoft’s subscription service that bundles together an Xbox One console, 24 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, plus the option to upgrade to the next-gen Xbox Series X later this year is reportedly coming to several more countries this fall. In a new report from Bloomberg, we learned today that the number of countries where Xbox All Access is available, which includes the US, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, is about to "triple" later this year.
"This fall it’s tripling the number of countries where it sells what it calls All Access, which gives customers a new console and a Game Pass subscription for a monthly fee that’s currently $20 to $25, similar to cellphone contracts that periodically give you a new handset. The company says deals with Walmart Inc. and Target Corp. will help boost sales of All Access,” Bloomberg wrote.
Xbox All Access originally launched in the US back in fall 2018 for a limited time, and Microsoft brought it back a year later with the option to upgrade to Project Scarlett, the previous codename for the Xbox Series X. In the US, Microsoft offered three different bundles starting at $19.99/month, and the company said that 3 different plans represented over $100 in savings.
Fast forward to 2020, the opportunity to get an Xbox console, over 100 great games with Xbox Game Pass with no upfront cost and a low monthly price remains very appealing, especially at a moment where many people are losing their jobs due to the ongoing pandemic. We'll see if Microsoft makes its Xbox All Access plans official soon, but the upcoming launch of the Xbox Series X is definitely the perfect opportunity to put the spotlight on the subscription service.