Game Pass Ultimate

Announced on the April edition of Inside Xbox, the new Xbox Game Pass Ultimate program is Microsoft's next stage of its popular service. One of the big requests from subscribers has been a single program to combine subscriptions for Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold, and now, Microsoft is delivering.

That's exactly what Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is. It's not quite ready, yet, but some folks can get it early and help Microsoft with feedback on it.

Here's everything we know so far.

What exactly is Xbox Game Pass Ultimate?

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.

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.

If you choose to buy any game you play in Game Pass, you'll get a 10 percent discount on it while you're a member.

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, two Xbox One titles and two Xbox 360 titles that are backward compatible and are yours to keep.

Gold subscribers also get exclusive discounts every single week on games from the Microsoft Store, as well as additional discounts during special promotional periods such as the Easter sale.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate provides access to all of this under one subscription.

How much does Xbox Game Pass Ultimate cost?

Confirmed pricing for the U.S. is $14.99 a month, but other territories have yet to be announced.

When does Xbox Game Pass Ultimate launch?

It's due to launch sometime later in 2019, but there's currently no indication of exactly when that may be. Early access for select Xbox Insiders is open now.

Who can get Xbox Game Pass Ultimate early?

Game Pass Ultimate

Currently, Insiders in the Alpha and Skip Ahead rings of the Xbox Insider Program can sign up to try out Xbox Game Pass Ultimate early.

During the testing period, the price of a subscription is greatly reduced to just $1 or £1 per month.

Where is Xbox Game Pass Ultimate available?

During the testing period, you can only get Xbox Game Pass Ultimate in the U.S., Canada, UK and Australia. You also have to be an English-speaking Xbox Insider.

When Xbox Game Pass Ultimate launches to the public it will be available in all current Xbox Game Pass markets.

So how do you get Xbox Game Pass Ultimate?

If you meet the criteria, you can get into the program through the Xbox Insider Hub application on your console. Hit the link below for more specifics.

How to get Xbox Game Pass Ultimate early

Do you need to cancel Xbox Game Pass or Live Gold to get Ultimate?

When you sign up to Ultimate, any other current subscriptions are migrated across and automatically canceled.

What happens if you have prepaid subscriptions on your account already?

Xbox Live Gold

As it stands during the testing period, Microsoft will be honoring prepaid months of Xbox Game Pass and Live Gold with free months of Ultimate.

The following is from the Insider FAQ:

As an Insider benefit, when you join Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to give feedback, we will apply any prepaid time you have on Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Game Pass or both toward Xbox Game Pass Ultimate up to a maximum of 36-months ... For example, if you have 3-months of Xbox Live Gold and 3-months of Xbox Game Pass already in your account and join Ultimate as an Insider, you will be charged $1 for your first month. For subsequent months we will apply 6-months toward your Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (up to a maximum of 36-months).

Presumably Microsoft will have something in place that is similar when it launches to the public, but we're still waiting for confirmation of exactly how it will look.

Can you cancel during the testing period?

Absolutely! Xbox Game Pass Ultimate may have a massively reduced price during testing but you can still cancel at any time.

How to cancel Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

If you can try out Xbox Game Pass Ultimate right now, it's definitely worth it. In the meantime, those not enrolled in the Xbox Insider Program can purchase standard Xbox Game Pass today and enjoy a large library of terrific games.

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