There’s no doubt whatsoever that physical hard copies of media — be it films, albums, or video games — are increasingly becoming a thing of the past, with the omni-connected modern smart age fully embracing the digital format. And as the next-gen video game continues moving in this direction, Microsoft has now announced its plans to embrace this industry shift, with the rollout of the new Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
Essentially combining Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass, the new Ultimate iteration grants access to all of the existing benefits of Xbox Gold Live, its community and online multiplayer gameplay, while also offering more than 100 console (and PC) games, with new titles being added regularly. Accessible and playable via mobile devices, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate also includes in-game content/DLC, partner offers, discounts, and other deals that are exclusively available through the new service. And, on top of two-to-four free games every month, the service also boasts access to new Xbox exclusives on their day of release (prior to the general public). Right now, Microsoft is running a special where the first month of service for the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate costs just $1, with an auto-renewal charging $15 for every month that follows.