Microsoft has confirmed the discontinuation of the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and PC Game Pass $1 trial offers. The trial has been accessible for years, with brief periods when it wasn’t always available in some regions, but it now appears like Microsoft is exploring new alternatives for new members in its place. Kari Perez, head of global communications at Xbox confirmed in an official statement that “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.”
Until the full Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership at $14.99 per month or $9.99 per month for the PC- or console-only subscriptions takes effect, the $1 trial has allowed individuals to sign up for Xbox Game Pass for a month. It’s been a great way to tell a friend or family member about the service, but we’ll now have to wait to find out what these “different marketing promotions” are for new subscribers.
The Friends & Family option for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate has also been in design by Microsoft. The bundle offers the use of the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate advantages together under a package to up to four friends or family members. Ireland’s monthly cost is set at €21.99 ($24).
Recently, Microsoft added New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, Hungary, Israel, and Sweden to its Friends & Family plan; nonetheless, it is still not available in several European markets, the UK, or the US. After testing out this new subscription for less than a year, Microsoft’s decision to remove the $1 trial may indicate that the company is preparing to expand Friends & Family even more.
Additionally, Microsoft just added 40 new nations to its PC Game Pass subscription. In all, 86 markets now offer Game Pass, including new ones in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.