At today’s Inside Xbox event Microsoft announced the long-rumored pairing of Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold. The newly dubbed Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Subscription will not only give players access to the 100+ titles available on Game Pass but will allow players access to Gold features like playing online, cloud saves, and the Games with Gold promotion by combining the subscription services.

This announcement comes just a month before the two year anniversary of Game Pass on the Xbox One. As soon as the Game Pass subscription went live people began asking for a combination of the two and after multiple sites started reporting on the rumor of this Game Pass Ultimate many fans became eager to get their hands on it. In their announcement, they wanted to ensure fans knew that they were always listening to their requests

We heard you. 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.

The monthly subscription cost for Game Pass Ultimate will be $14.99 a month in the US. Any Xbox gamers that are currently paying for both of these services on a month to month basis will see a $5 discount. At this time there is no word on any deals for multiple month packages like there are for current subscriptions. Don’t worry if you’re still only interested in one of these subscription plans as this new one isn’t going to replace any of the previous offerings

For those who have already prepaid their accounts in either Xbox Gold or Game Pass you can upgrade them with no problems. Game Pass Ultimate will be rolling out to all users later on this year but starting today a limited number of Xbox Insider community members will have the chance to become Game Pass Ultimate subscribers.

Are you happy to see that the rumors were true? Is this going to make you more likely to get one of these subscriptions? Do you already subscribe to both?


Andrew Stretch

Events Coordinator

I have been playing all kinds of games for as long as I can remember with a particular interest in action adventure and platforming titles. While I am primarily an Xbox gamer I also spend a fair bit of time on the PS4 and on my PC in VR.


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