Microsoft unveils Xbox All Access, a new hardware/software subscription plan with no upfront cost

Microsoft unveils Xbox All Access, a new hardware/software subscription plan with no upfront cost

12:40pm, 27th August, 2018
(Via Microsoft) Microsoft today unveiled a new Xbox subscription plan that lets gamers pay for a console and play games for a monthly price. Called , the two-year contract starts at $21.99 per month for a new Xbox One S, an subscription, and an Xbox . The monthly fee goes up to $34.99 per month for an Xbox One X. Customers can keep the hardware after the contract expires. The confirms earlier reports about Xbox All Access, which is only available at Microsoft Stores in the U.S. for a limited time. Microsoft said gamers can save more than $130 by signing up for the Xbox One S All Access plan, versus buying the console outright with the attached subscriptions. “This is one of the most value-driven ways to join the Xbox family we’ve ever offered,” Microsoft wrote in a blog post Monday. Offering an All Access-style subscription is a “potentially seismic disruption to the typical video game console’s sales model,” GeekWire contributor Thomas Wilde last week. “In a lot of ways, this is the natural evolution of the ‘games as service’ model that’s been driving a lot of the industry’s digital offerings for the last few years, and Microsoft has been transparent about its desire to ,” Wilde . All Access also gives gamers a chance to play Xbox without needing to drop hundreds of dollars at once on a console. In June, Microsoft that it is building a “game streaming network to unlock console-quality gaming on any device.” The company is also working on two new Xbox consoles, including a lower-cost option powered by Microsoft’s cloud streaming service.