Microsoft is reportedly ready to combine its different Xbox subscription services into one bundle that includes everything. The new offering will apparently be called “Xbox Game Pass Ultimate,” and it will be combine Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold for $14.99 a month.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate = Xbox Live Gold + Xbox Game Pass.
$14.99/month, special price for Insiders = $1/month until release.
— WalkingCat (@h0x0d) April 5, 2019
The Microsoft detective WalkingCat was first on the scoop today, but the new offering has since been independently confirmed by Brad Sams from Thurrott.com. Both sources also said today that Microsoft plans to offer the new bundle at a special price of $1/month for Xbox Insiders ahead of the general availability of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
For those unfamiliar, Xbox Game Pass is Microsoft’s new gaming subscription service that provides unlimited access to a catalog of over 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 games. Xbox Live Gold is an older subscription service that includes Xbox Live multiplayer, four free games every month plus weekly discounts. Xbox Live Gold is currently $9.99/month in the US, or $69.99 a year. Xbox Game Pass is currently $9.99/month, so a monthly subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will represent $5 of savings. It’s not clear yet if Microsoft could offer a yearly subscription with a small discount, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Do you think it’s a good idea to bundle together Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold, and do you think $14.99/month is the right price point? Let us know in the comments below.Further reading: Xbox, Xbox Game Pass, Xbox Live Gold