Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Perks for December 2022: Apple TV+, Apple Music, and all benefits

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As the name suggests, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is the ultimate, online premium subscription service for Xbox consoles. This service has many features that enhance the users' experience of the Xbox platform like the ability to freely download and play hundreds of Xbox games for a limited time. Gain access to exclusive deals and discounts that will help you save tons of money when purchasing games. And play Xbox games on the go through your mobile devices thanks to Xbox Cloud Gaming, all for a small monthly fee.

There are so many more benefits to subscribing to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. One of which is one of the more underappreciated aspects of the service — Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Perks. Every month, subscribers will be rewarded with Perks that contain in-game items and free access to the premium features of third-party apps.

The list of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Perks on offer changes from month to month. So, we have decided to compile a list of all Game Pass Perks currently available and update it when new Perks arrive. This way, you can keep up to date on the latest Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Perks and grab them at your leisure.

What are Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Perks?

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Perks can best be described as free downloadable content provided by Microsoft as a reward for those who subscribe to the service. These Perks can take the form of in-game items like player costumes, weapon skins, playable characters, or even in-game currency that can be used to purchase content from the in-game stores.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Perks aren't just for video games; they also apply to third-party apps. For example, some Perks can grant you temporary free access to the premium features of a third-party app like Discord or Spotify, which generally require you to pay a separate monthly fee to access.

There are some caveats when obtaining Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Perks. For starters, the Perks are only available on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. If you only have a free or an Xbox Live Gold account or are only subscribed to Game Pass PC or Game Pass Console, you will need to upgrade it to an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate account to claim the Perks.

Secondly, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Perks are available for a limited time, so you will need to claim the Perks before the time limit on them expires. Once you have claimed a Perk, you then receive a grace period in which you must redeem the Perk's code before the appointed deadline. And thirdly, you will need to own the game or app the Perks are associated with before you can use them.

How do I claim Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Perks?

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There are multiple methods where you can claim Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Perks. The first is by signing into your Xbox home console, scrolling down the home page, and opening up the Game Pass menu. Then, you will need to click on the "Perks" option, where the list of Game Pass Perks resides. Select and click on the Perk you want, and then you will see a screen where you can grab the Perk's code by clicking on the "Claim" option. Finally, you will then be taken to the Microsoft Store, where you can redeem the code and download it to your console.

The second method is by opening the Xbox Game Pass app on your tablet or smartphone, clicking on your profile, and seeing the list of Perks at the top. Then click on the Perk you want, press the "Claim" button, and you will be given a code that must be entered on the Microsoft Store via your home Xbox console or PC to redeem the content. Do note that some Perks might be unavailable on the mobile app.

The third method is to open up your Xbox app on your Windows PC. On the top left-hand corner, click on "Game Pass" to open up the Game Pass menu to see "Perks" in the middle of the screen. Click on that, and you will access the list of Perks where you can select the Perk you want, claim the code, and then redeem it in the Microsoft Store app.

Do note that when claiming a Perk for a third-party app, you will be given a link that takes you directly to the website for the associated app, where you can redeem the benefits of the Perk.

List of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Perks

Below is the complete list of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Perks currently available and their deadlines and grace periods. New Perks are added on an irregular schedule from month to month, so we will be on the lookout for these additional Perks to ensure you don't miss out on these free rewards.

Apple TV+ Three Month Trial Offer — Claim by Mar. 31, 2023, and redeem by Apr. 1, 2023

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Apple TV+ is Apple’s premium streaming subscription service where viewers can watch thousands of hours worth of movies, TV shows, documentaries, sports, and Apple Original programs for a monthly fee. However, Apple is offering a three-month trial for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers to gain free access to Apple TV+ and all its features and content.

Do note only new Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can redeem this perk. Once the three-month trial ends, your Apple TV+ subscription will automatically renew at your region’s monthly price until it is canceled.

Apple Music Three Month Trial Offer — Claim by Mar. 31, 2023, and redeem by Apr. 1, 2023

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Apple Music is Apple’s premium music streaming service, where you get and listen to millions of record-breaking songs across multiple genres without being interrupted by advertisements. For a limited time, Apple offers a three-month trial where Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can forgo Apple Music’s usual monthly fee and rock out to their favorite songs for free.

Do note only new Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can redeem this Perk. Once the three-month trial ends, your Apple Music subscription will automatically renew at your region’s monthly price until it is canceled. Ensure you install the Apple Music App before claiming the Perk on your iOS mobile devices.

Calm Premium — Claim and redeem by Mar. 7, 2023

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Calm is a mobile app subscription service designed to help people sleep and relax through light exercise programs, meditation, music and more. For a limited time, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is offering the Calm Premium Perk. This Perk will allow you to get your hands on three free months and a 50% discount off your first year subscription to the Calm Premium plan. It will also include two bonus Xbox-themed soundscapes based on Halo and Sea of Thieves.

Be aware that after three months and when the 50% discounts wears off in a year's time, your Calm subscription will automatically renew at the then-current retail until you cancel it. Also, this Xbox Perk is only available for first-time subscribers of Calm Premium and for members of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. 

Apex Legends Golden Grapple Weapon Charm — Claim by Dec. 16, 2022, and redeem by Dec. 22, 2022

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Apex Legends is a free-to-play battle royale where the deadliest assassins, guns-for-hire, and literal killing machines risk their lives in life-or-death battles to win glory, fame, and fortune. Outfit your weapons with the Apex Legends Golden Grapple Weapon Charm accessory to add personality to your favorite firearms.

This Perk is available for EA Play Members and Xbox Game Pass subscribers. It is valid for the Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One versions of Apex Legends and can only be claimed once per account.

Halo Infinite Sniper Rifle Bundle — Claim by Dec. 17, 2022, and redeem by Dec. 24, 2022

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Don the iconic armor and weaponry of the legendary Master Chief once more and finish the fight in Halo Infinite. Snipe your enemies from afar with the Halo Infinite Sniper Rifle Rifle Bundle. This Perk bundle contains the “Pass Tense” S7 Sniper Rifle Weapon Coating, four 2XP Boosts, and four Challenge Swaps.

This Perk is available for the Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC (via Windows and Steam) versions of Halo Infinite and can only be claimed once per account.

Rogue Company Echo Lime Saint Perk Pack — Claim by Dec. 17, 2022 and redeem by Dec. 24, 2022

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Rogue Company is a multiplayer-focused, third-person hero shooter developed by First Watch Games and published by Hi-Rez Studios. Make your enemies green with envy by claiming the Rogue Company Echo Lime Saint Perk Pack. This Perk pack includes an Xbox-exclusive outfit for Saint and 20,000 Battle Pass XP.

This Perk is available for the Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One versions of Rogue Company and can only be claimed once per account. Do note that this Perk is unavailable in Hong Kong and Taiwan. 

Fallout 76 25th Anniversary Bundle — Claim by Dec. 27, 2022 and redeem by Jan. 3, 2023

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Fallout 76 is an online multiplayer-focused take on the iconic Fallout series where you and fellow Vault Dwellers band together to explore the vast wasteland of a post-apocalyptic America.

Celebrate the franchise's long-running history with the Fallout 76 25th Anniversary Bundle. This Perk bundle contains Lincoln's Repeater weapon skin, several C.A.M.P. items like the Shooting Target Suite, five lunchboxes, and five packs of bubblegum.

This Perk is available for the Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows PC versions of Fallout 76 and can only be claimed once per account.

Secret Neighbor Sportswear Bundle  — Claim by Dec. 27, 2022 and redeem by Jan. 3, 2023

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Secret Neighbor is a multiplayer-centric spin-off of Hello Neighbor where a group of kids tries to rescue their friend from the clutches of the Neighbor. However, they are unaware that one of the kids is the insidious villain in disguise.

Deck your characters out with sports-themed attire with Secret Neighbor Sportswear Bundle. This Perk bundle contains the Neighbor Tennis Cosmetic Set, the Leader Basketball Set, a new 'X' emote, and a Roll of Arcade Coupons to spend in the in-game store.

This Perk is available for the Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One versions of Secret Neighbor and can only be claimed once per account. 

Quake Champions (PC) Champions Pack — Claim and redeem by Dec. 31, 2022

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Quake Champions is a PVP-focused hero shooter that combines the fast-paced action of Quake III with the dark, macabre atmosphere of the original Quake. Unlock the entire roster of 16 playable champions, each with their unique abilities and skills, with the Quake Champions (PC) Champions Pack Perk.

This perk is available for the Windows PC version of Quake Champions and can only be claimed once per account.

Gems of War Frozen Fury Pack — Claim by Jan. 1, 2023, and redeem by Jan. 8, 2022.

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Gems of War is a strategy-RPG puzzle game where you take control of the fiercest monsters and warriors and wage war on puzzle boards. Give your enemies the cold shoulder with the Gems of War Frozen Fury Pack. This Perk bundle will let you acquire Glaycion, the legendary Ice Dagger, and additional upgrade materials.

This Perk is available for the Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One versions of Gems of War and can only be claimed once per account.

Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis December Member Monthly Bonus — Claim and redeem by Jan. 3, 2023

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Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis is an action-MMORPG where you are tasked with defending the lush world of Halpha from otherworldly monsters known as 'DOLLS'. Give your team the upper hand in combat with the Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis December Member Monthly Bonus Perk. This Perk will gift players with five N-Half Scape Dolls to revive themselves during a fight and 50 Photo Chunks to upgrade weapons and units.

This Perk is available for the Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows PC versions of Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis and can only be claimed once per account. Note that this Perk is unavailable in Belgium, Japan, the Netherlands, and South Korea.

MultiVersus MVP Pack Drop 2 — Claim by Jan. 15, 2023, and redeem by Jan. 23, 2023

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MultiVersus is a fighting game where iconic characters from Warner Bros. intellectual properties like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Bugs Bunny, Tom & Jerry, Shaggy, Steven Universe, Finn, Jake the Dog, Iron Giant, and more duke it out in chaotic brawls. Grab free items to enhance your battles with MVP Pack Drop 2 Perk. This Perk pack contains a new Variant costume for Reindog, a rare banner, and a legendary ring-out effect.

This perk is available for the Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One versions of MultiVersus and can only be claimed once per account.

Smite RuneScape Starter Pack — Claim by Jan. 15, 2023, and redeem by Jan. 23, 2023

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Smite is a free-to-play MOBA where gods, beasts, and heroes of legend battle in epic wars to determine who is the strongest warrior of all creation. Obtain the Gods necessary to participate in the RuneScape collaboration event with RuneScape Starter Pack. This Perk pack contains Merlin, Vamana, Bellona, Neith, and Cerberus as playable Gods and their voice packs.

Do note that the RuneScape costumes and cosmetics for these characters are not included in this pack. This perk is available for the Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One versions of Smite and can only be claimed once per account.

Apex Legends Risk Processing Weapon Charm — Claim by Jan. 16, 2022, and redeem by Jan. 23, 2022

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Apex Legends is a free-to-play battle royale where you play as assassins and mercenaries fighting for glory, fame, and fortune in a free-for-all death battle. Deck your weapons out with the Apex Legends Risk Processing Weapon Charm accessory to add stylish flair to your preferred guns.

This Perk is available for EA Play Members and Xbox Game Pass subscribers. It is valid for the Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One versions of Apex Legends and can only be claimed once per account.

STAR WARS Jedi: Fallen Order Deluxe Upgrade — Claim and redeem by Jan. 20, 2023

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is an action-adventure game that tells the tale of a young Padawan named Cal Kestis, as he attempts to rebuild the Jedi Order after it was destroyed during the events of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Prepare for the upcoming Star Wars Jedi: Survivor by revisiting Cal's previous adventures with the STAR WARS Jedi: Fallen Order Deluxe Upgrade Perk.

This Perk will upgrade your copy of Jedi: Fallen Order into the Deluxe edition for free and can grant you access to a Crimson BD-1 skin, a Crimson Mantis skin, a digital art book, and a behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of the game.

Do note that this Perk is only available for members EA Play and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. This Perk is available for the Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One versions of STAR WARS Jedi: Fallen Order and can only be claimed once per account.

Gundam Evolution Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Perk 1 — Claim by Feb. 6, 2023 and redeem by Feb. 13, 2023

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Gundam Evolution is a team-based hero shooter based on the long-running Gundam franchise where players pilot Mobile Suit mechs to destroy their enemies in intense 6v6 matches. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is offering its subscribers a special Xbox Perk that contains exclusive cosmetic items for Gundam Evolution.

This Perk pack contains the Raider Pink Unit and Weapons skins for Nu Gundam, a Blue Earth Stamp, and a Gun Cannon (large) player icon. The Perk is available for the Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One versions of Gundam Evolution and can only be claimed once per account.

World of Tanks Unyielding Assault Bundle — Claim and redeem by Feb. 13, 2023

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World of Tanks is a competitive online shooter where you engage enemies in tactical and brutal tank warfare. Reinforce your forces with the World of Tanks Unyielding Assault Bundle. This Perk bundle contains the German Tier V Captured KV-1 Heavy Tank, Soviet Tier VI T-34-85M Medium Tank, American Tier V M4 Improved Medium Tank, seven days of Premium game time, two Vehicle SP Boosters, four Commander XP Boosters, and one Silver XP Booster.

If you already have the tanks in this bundle, you will receive the following rewards instead: Captured KV-1: 840,000 Silver, T-34-85M: 1,500,000 Silver, and the M4 Improved: 700,000 Silver.

This Perk is available for the Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One versions of World of Tanks and can only be claimed once per account.

What Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Perks will you take?

The free items and codes from these Perks is just the tip of the digital iceberg when comes to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate's benefits. With this list, we hope we have informed you of these bonus rewards, so you can claim extra content for the best Xbox Game Pass games on the Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Windows PC.

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Alexander Cope

Alexander Cope is a writer for Windows Central and iMore that has been gaming since the 16-bit era.