To get the most out of the new Xbox All-Digital game console, you will need Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass. To sweeten the deal, Microsoft has announced that it will combine those two services into one service later this year.
The new service is called Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, and it will sell for $14.99 monthly. That is a bit cheaper than buying the services separately. It’s not clear when the service will launch.
Microsoft did invite some Xbox Insiders to join and test the service before it launches in current Game Pass markets, possibly around the time the new console launches. We don’t see the point of the All-Digital Xbox One S; it’s priced too closely to the normal Xbox One S to be appealing to many. Make it significantly cheaper, and we can talk.
Microsoft wrote, “Today, we’re excited to announce Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will include all of the benefits of Xbox Live Gold with Xbox Game Pass. That means the full Xbox Game Pass library of over 100 high quality games, and Xbox Live Gold online multiplayer, in one convenient membership for $14.99 a month. With Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, gamers will be able to play together on the most-advanced multiplayer network and discover their next favorite game. “