What you need to know

  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate was previously only available to Xbox Insiders.
  • You can purchase it now for $1 for first month.
  • After that you'll be charged $15 a month.
  • You can purchase Xbox Game Pass Ultimate through the Microsoft Store for $1.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate combines Xbox Game Pass for consoles, Xbox Game Pass for PC, and Xbox Live Gold into one complete package. There are rumors that it will also include access to "Project xCloud" game streaming when it's available later this year, but that hasn't been confirmed yet.

Right now, there's a promotion going on that can allows you to upgrade your existing Xbox Live Gold membership to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $1. Unfortunately, this deal ends tomorrow. You can convert up to 36 months of Xbox Live Gold to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate with this. I was able to get Xbox Game Pass Ultimate until 2021 as a result of this.

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Keep in mind that the $1 price is just for the first month. After your converted membership expires, you'll be charged $15 a month. Luckily, that won't be for a few years if you play your cards right. In a few months when retailers like Amazon offer discounts on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you should stock up so you don't have to pay $15 a month.

Best of the best

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold in one

Xbox Game Pass gives you access to over a hundred games for one monthly fee. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate also adds Xbox Live Gold to the package so you can play online with your friends. You can either get a one-month trial for $1 from the Microsoft Store or a three-month subscription for $20 through Amazon.

Excellent and affordable Xbox accessories

Up your Xbox experience with one (or all) of these budget accessories, all of which are approved by the gamers of Windows Central.

PowerA Play & Charge Kit for Xbox One ($15 at Amazon)

This charging kit keeps your Xbox One wireless controllers juiced up, and it offers batteries for two controllers. At just $15, this is hands-down our favorite budget charging companion.

ElecGear 4 Port USB Xbox One S Hub ($19 at Amazon)

This brilliant little USB splitter hub attaches perfectly to the side of your Xbox One S console. It's ideal for use with chargers, controllers, headsets, and more.

Controller Gear stand ($13 at Amazon)

Proudly display your Xbox gamepads with this stylish and functional stand. The licensed design is minimalist and black, and it has a hidden storage compartment, making the price of $13 a real steal.

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