Over the past few years, Xbox has remained pretty consistent with its subscription offerings. You have Game Pass, which provides day one access to all first-party games, some third-party games for a small fee of $10 a month (or $15 if you get Game Pass Ultimate) and you have Xbox Live Gold for those you want to play online. It’s an attractive approach in its simplicity, but it looks like Microsoft may be looking for a trial for the subscriptions it offers.
According to a post on ResetEra, some Xbox users recently received a survey suggesting a new subscription offer. This subscription will only cost you $3/€ per month, but will be ad-supported, with commercials playing before the games start. You also won’t get first-party games on day one, but six months after launch. On the other hand, this service will provide access to online multiplayer similar to Xbox Live Gold.
Some have described this subscription as “Xbox Game Pass Lite,” but I’m not sure if that’s entirely accurate. The survey also suggests a service similar to the current Game Pass Ultimate, with a large catalog of over 100 titles, day one access, cloud gaming, and EA Play. So, it looks like Microsoft is likely planning to keep the current Game Pass model, but possibly plan to replace Xbox Live Gold with the new ad-supported subscription option.
Of course, take all of this with a grain of salt for now. However, Microsoft recently patented technology that would insert ads into games during pauses (loading screens etc.) Microsoft has also been rumored for years to be considering giving Xbox Live Gold a boot, so this replacement makes sense in that context.
What’s your opinion? Would you be willing to put up with ads in your games if that meant you got Xbox-Live-Gold-style online services and a catalog of first-party titles for just $3 a month?