Xbox All Access may roll out to more regions and even be available at launch for Xbox Series X, according to brand boss Phil Spencer.
Xbox All Access is a program Microsoft introduced a few years ago which allows customers in select regions to purchase a package of Xbox goods and services for a monthly fee, like a smartphone, instead of an upfront cost of several hundred dollars.
Speaking at a digital Game Lab Live keynote (thanks GI.biz), Phil Spencer yesterday suggested that All Access may be an option for the launch of Series X.
""Xbox All Access is going to be critical to both our launch for Xbox Series X as well as just the overall generation. The response that we've seen where we've tested All Access has been great, but[...]it's been limited in terms of the market. So you're going to see a much broader market and retailer support for All Access. It matches a model customers use for many other devices they buy. And if you have services attached to those devices that people love, it just becomes an easier way to bring a great product to customers."
Currently Xbox All Access is available in a handful of regions and allows buyers to choose from three different consoles, Xbox One X ($24.99/month), Xbox One S ($22.99/month), or Xbox One S All Digital Edition ($19.99/month) in two-year agreements. Whichever they choose, bundles include two years worth of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Currently, only Amazon and Best Buy are listed as involved retailers, but according to Spencer's comments, more stores will be offering All Access with the Series X.
So does this mean players can buy a Series X for something like 30 bucks a month for the next two years and avoid the hefty price tag this fall? Maybe, though it's also worth noting that current All Access customers have the option to upgrade to the Series X after 18 months of their 24-month agreement - again, like a smartphone.
We expect Spencer and company to answer this question as well as show off lots of Xbox Game Studios Games and reveal the long-rumored Xbox Series S at the team's July games showcase.