27 Mar Microsoft Puts an End to the $1 Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Trial
New Game Pass subscribers can no longer get their first month for a dollar, as Microsoft has stopped offering its introductory Game Pass promotion.
In a statement to The Verge, Xbox head of global communications Kari Perez confirmed that the offer is no more.
“We have stopped our previous introductory offer for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and PC Game Pass and are evaluating different marketing promotions for new members in the future,” Perez said.
The $1 trial has been a pillar of the Game Pass service for years. It allowed new members to try out Xbox Game Pass for a month for just a buck, before renewing at the standard monthly subscription of $14.99 a month for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate or $9.99 a month to subscribe for either PC or console. There’s no word yet on what Xbox’s potential alternative marketing promotion could be for Game Pass.
One new feature that could be on the way is the Xbox Game Pass Friends & Family Plan. This will allow subscribers to share a subscription with up to four other friends or family members, and Microsoft began testing the new tier in multiple countries last year.
While the biggest video streaming services have basically all gotten price hikes in the last year, Xbox Game Pass’ price has held pretty firm for a while now. However, the $14.99 price point for Game Pass Ultimate likely won’t last forever. Last year, Xbox’s Phil Spencer said, “I do think at some point we’ll have to raise some prices on certain things.” Shortly after that statement, Microsoft revealed it was joining Sony in raising prices on new, first-party games to $70.
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2023 is poised to be a big year for Xbox Game Pass. Fans were already surprised by the Hi-Fi Rush shadowdrop, and Xbox owners are finally going to see big contributions from Bethesda in the form of Redfall and Starfield.
Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN covering video game and entertainment news. He has over six years of experience in the gaming industry with bylines at IGN, Nintendo Wire, Switch Player Magazine, and Lifewire. Find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.