If you were lucky enough to get your hands on a new Xbox console this holiday season, the very first purchase you should make is on a Game Pass Ultimate subscription. It not only unlocks online multiplayer modes in tons of games, but it also lets you play over 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 games with your membership! It's normally affordably priced at $15 per month, though Microsoft hjas a special holiday offer that you won't want to miss out on. For a limited time, you can score a three-month membership for just $1 at Microsoft! The service is easily worth its regular price, but at only $1 for three months, it's become a no-brainer.
This deal isn't available for current or previous subscribers, though you can score three free months with the purchase of three months at regular price via Amazon while supplies last.
Signing up for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate today can also score you a few other freebies. Microsoft is extending all current members the chance to sign up for a six-month Spotify Premium music streaming subscription for free, along with one month of EA Access and three months of Discord Nitro. You'll need to activate these offers sepatately on your Game Pass Ultimate homepage once you've signed up. Current or previous subcribers of these services are not eligible.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is the combination of two current programs: Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold. Subscribers to Ultimate will have access to both for one monthly subscription cost instead of two separate ones. Additionally, the new Xbox Game Pass for PC subscription is also included with Game Pass Ultimate.
Xbox Game Pass is Microsoft's subscription service that offers complete access to over 100 games. You can download these to your console to play in full for as long as you're a paying subscriber or the titles in question remain in the Game Pass library. Better yet, if a Game Pass title also supports Xbox Play Anywhere, you get access to play those on your PC, as well, as part of your subscription. The new PC-specific Game Pass subscription has its own list of games, some of which are a crossover with the console, but many are exclusive to PC.
Xbox Live Gold provides you with a number of perks. The first is access to online multiplayer in any Xbox One game, so if you want to play with friends you need Gold. More than that, though, Gold gives you four free games every month that are yours to keep. Gold subscribers also get exclusive discounts on games from the Microsoft Store, as well as additional discounts during special promotional periods.
Learn everything you need to know about Game Pass Ultimate and see all the games available for Game Pass for PC. Game Pass adds new games all the time and will include new ones as they get released, like titles The Outer Worlds, The Witcher 3, and a bevy of games from the Final Fantasy franchise.
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