"Xbox All Access" offers free hardware up front with two-year subscription

There is no upfront cost for either plan and both are interest-free for 24 months.

Microsoft is moving ahead with its plans to create an Xbox One subscription service that will go by the name of Xbox All Access.

The Xbox One S starts at $21.99 per month with online services, and the Xbox One X is $34.99 and up.

Unveiled on August 27, Xbox All Access (codenamed "Project Largo") is a "limited time, in store only" and US-only deal.

Microsoft has introduced a new subscription service for Xbox One that offers a multitude of benefits.

Just like Game Pass itself, this gives people more options for how to access games.




In order to sign up for Xbox All Access, you have to visit a Microsoft Store in person. Now, the only problem is finding a Microsoft Store, of which there are just a few dozen in the US. What that means is a bit nebulous, as most things involving credit checks are, but if you've got bad credit or no credit, you probably can't qualify for one of these bundles.

Xbox All Access does offer a saving over the combined recommended retail prices of the hardware and services, but if you consider the continual offers, console bundles, and game discounts, the total price is likely to be very similar. You also get a handful of free games with a Gold subscription for $9.99 per month. If you choose to pay with any other payment method, you'll have to cover the cost of your preferred bundle up front. With the Xbox All Access Program, it will net around $528, which is a huge saving compared to the Xbox One X deal.

Both plans offer savings over buying the console and services piecemeal: The Xbox One S plan costs approximately $530 across 24 months, while buying each piece individually would cost almost $650; the Xbox One X plan costs approximately $840 across 24 months, while buying each piece individually would cost approximately $860. When Forza Horizon 4 is released on October 2 you wont have to buy it as a member of Xbox Game Pass, you can simply download it and play it as much as you want.

Meanwhile, Game Pass opens the door to a huge library of downloadable games from a growing list of hundreds of original Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One titles.

In any case, this is certainly an interesting approach to selling a console, and it does offer some flexibility in terms of how you pay.

When you run the numbers, it's actually not a bad deal.

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