As rumors about a disc-less Xbox One continue to pick up, it appears that Microsoft is going to launch a new subscription which will combine its Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold subscription offerings. It may be introduced as the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription which would cost $14.99 per month. It’s expected that this subscription service may be announced alongside the disc-less Xbox One S next month.
The Xbox Game Pass is a Netflix-style subscription service. It provides subscribers with access to more than 100 Xbox games. Microsoft also brings its Xbox Game Studios titles immediately to the service at launch. It even added Minecraft to the service recently. Xbox Live Gold is for online play and it provides subscribers with a handful of free titles every month.
Subscribing to the two services separately costs $19.98 per month currently By offering Xbox One owners both services in one single subscription, Microsoft will enable them to save almost $5 per month while having access to all of the functionality and benefits of having both services.
Users won’t be saving a whole lot of money but Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will be better suited to customers who pick up the disc-less version of its console since they will only ever be able to play digital games. All of those users will heavily rely on Xbox’s digital subscription services for their gaming needs.