Everything You Need to Know About Xbox All-Access
The Xbox All-Access program joins Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate as one of the absolute best values in console gaming, and Microsoft has sweetened the deal with an upgrade option when the next generation Xbox, still known as Project Scarlett, launches next year. Here’s everything you need to know, including where and when you can sign up.
What Consoles Are Eligible for Xbox All Access
All three versions of the current crop of Xbox One consoles are eligible: Xbox One X, Xbox One S and Xbox One S All-Digital. You can’t use your existing console; you need to buy one through the Xbox All-Access service.
How Much Does Xbox All Access Cost
Depending on which console you choose, the service starts at $19.99 a month and you get 24 months of service when you subscribe. Here’s a breakdown of cost per console:
- Xbox All-Access Xbox One X – $30.99 per Month
- Xbox All-Access Xbox One S – $22.99 per Month
- Xbox All-Access Xbox One S All-Digital – $19.99 per Month
The monthly cost includes a payment for the console, as well as membership to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
What You Get With Xbox All-Access
Basically, Xbox All-Access is a monthly subscription service where you pay for a brand new console and a membership to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate combines the services of Xbox Live Gold with the Game Pass gaming service, so you get all the benefits of both in one package. Xbox Game Pass runs $14.99 a month without the All-Access package, accounting for $360 over the course of the 24-month subscription period.That means you end up paying $384 for the Xbox One X before the 24-month term ends, which is not the full MSRP of the Xbox One X. According to a Microsoft spokesperson, “With Xbox All Access, you own the console and 24-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership outright upon purchase.”
However, that $384 for an Xbox One X is dependent on your credit rating. If you qualify for 0% APR for the 24-months, it’s a fantastic deal. In fact, it remains a solid deal as long as your credit is good enough to score you an APR less than 15%. If you can’t hit that cut-off, with interest, anything above a 15% APR means you’ll pay more over the course of two years than the MSRP of the Xbox One X.
Where to Sign Up for Xbox All-Access
This is the most crucial piece of the pie: actually getting enrolled in the program. Right now, Amazon has a page set up to sign up for Xbox All-Access when it launches here on November 18.
How Can I Upgrade to Project Scarlett
The next-generation Xbox comes out in just over a year, and if you sign up for Xbox All-Access ahead of December 31, 2019 and purchase and Xbox One X, you can upgrade to the Project Scarlett after making 12 monthly payments. If you sign up for Xbox One S or Xbox One S All-Digital, you’re eligible for upgrade after making 18 months worth of payments.
When you upgrade to the next Xbox through Xbox All Access, you must sign up for an additional 24-months of the service.