10/2/19 UPDATE: If you’re still waiting to try out Game Pass Ultimate, Microsoft just sweetened the deal even more by offering six months of free Spotify Premium to new subscribers who take advantage of the $1 first-month promotion. Since Spotify Premium normally costs $9.99 per month, this deal is worth it even if you never plan on using Game Pass — it’s still basically a $59 discount.
Getting two services for $1 is pretty hard to beat, but it’s important to note this offer is only valid for customers who’ve never tried Game Pass Ultimate or Spotify Premium.
Keep reading to learn how to maximize the value of your new Game Pass Ultimate subscription.
While it was originally announced as a short-term offer, Microsoft still seems to be offering a first-month discount price of $1 for its Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, available at the Microsoft Store. The service normally costs $14.99 a month, so that’s definitely a bargain.
We’ve seen this special $1 price for Xbox sub-services before, but Microsoft put a giant cherry on top of the deal. When you subscribe to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, your prepaid time from Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass will be converted to extend your Ultimate membership (redeemable for up to 36 months).
How does this all unfold? Slickdealer Funkinyourface gave us an example of how it worked out for them:
“Just did it and had Gold thru 2/2022 and Game Pass thru 10/19. Paid $1 now I have both thru 6/22!!! That’s 3 YEARS of Game Pass [Ultimate] for $1! ”
And to prevent being charged full price, you can cancel your subscription at any time and still keep the converted Game Pass Ultimate extensions.
Making the Most out of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate
The new Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription is an all-encompassing service that can save you quite a bit of money. The package includes:
- Xbox Game Pass PC – Includes access to more than 100 PC games (Reg. Price: $9.99 per month)
- Xbox Game Pass Console Games – Includes access to more than 100 Xbox games (Reg. Price: $9.99 per month)
- Xbox Live Gold – Grants access to online multiplayer games (Reg. Price: $9.99 per month)
So at the regular price of $14.99, you’ll save around half off on all these services. And at the $1 promotional price, you’re getting quite the bargain.
The Slickdeals community has agreed the best thing to do is to load up on XBL Gold before upgrading to Ultimate if your total prepaid time is shy of 36 months. Funkinyourface also chimed in again with advice for those who have expired subscriptions or who have never used one of the services:
“Best way to do the deal is this if you’re starting from scratch. Buy [3 Years of Gold]. Get the Ultimate for $1. Then when you look at your active subscriptions it will show Xbox live under the canceled subscriptions section: Xbox game pass ultimate – $15 every month, next charge on 6/9/2022.”
Using this method and purchasing XBL Gold through the Microsoft Store brings your total to $180.97, which is much better than paying the $540 for a full three years of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. And with 12-month subscriptions of Xbox Live Gold going on sale so often, you may be able to take advantage of this conversion deal for even cheaper.
We may see deals that overshadow this one in the wake of Microsoft’s E3 conference. To make sure you don’t miss out on the next big Xbox deal, make sure to set up a Deal Alert with us!
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- Deal Value: Save $13.99 on your first month and up to $360 with converted XBL Gold or Game Pass prepaid time.
- Things to Remember: Load up your account with XBL Gold or Game Pass prepaid time (up to 36 months) before upgrading to Ultimate to make the most out of this deal.