Microsoft just made the game more expensive for millions of Xbox gamers
When EA Play joined Xbox Game Pass, gamers discovered a smart pricing loophole. It was possible, all of a sudden, to save a ton of money on Microsoft’s premier subscription service, Game Pass Ultimate.
This service, after a trial period, costs $ 15 per month and includes Xbox Game Pass, xCloud streaming as well as Xbox Live Gold. In other words, it’s a very good deal.
Enterprising players were able to make this an even better offer. The trick was simple: you could trade in one year of EA Play for 4 months of Game Pass Ultimate. Since a year of EA Play costs just $ 30, you could essentially get Game Pass Ultimate for half the price, reducing the monthly subscription price to just $ 7.50.
That’s a hell of a deal considering all the games – from Microsoft, EA, Bethesda, and tons of other developers and publishers big and small – cloud streaming and the Xbox Live Gold online service.
Sadly, all good things must come to an end, especially the mindless loopholes that penetrate deep into a company’s profit margin. As spotted by Twisted Voxel, this loophole is now closed.
Microsoft’s EA Play FAQ has been updated. It now reads: “One month of EA Play will extend an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription by 10 days, and a one-year EA Play code will extend an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription by 2 months.”
Since a year of EA Play costs $ 30 and 2 months of Game Pass Ultimate costs $ 30, this brings the price of the service down to par. The balance has been restored, although that balance works much better for Microsoft than it does for gamers.
If this is the first time you’ve heard of this loophole, join the crowd. We could all have saved money if we had only known before the loophole was closed. Never mind! Game Pass is still a fantastic service. We can hardly complain.
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