Though it's unlikely to see huge sign-ups in the near-term, Microsoft's Xbox All Access service opens up a lot of possibilities as new hardware and services launch.
Bigger things = streaming services and multiple devices. Thoery though I don't know.
"...works much like traditional phone subsidy plans from mobile carriers. A user is given an Xbox console in exchange for a 2-year commitment to the service, which comes with the Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass services. After those two years are up, the user gets to keep the console, and can choose whether to keep subscribing to Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass." Strange how this is being referenced. This is not a subsidy. You are buying everything (the console/ 2 years of Xbox Live Gold/Game Pass) up front through a finance plan. You don't get "to keep the console". You already own it. There is no "two-year commitment". You pre-purchase two years of Live Gold and Game Pass. When the transaction is done, you are paying Dell for the line of credit you received. Edit: I'm not sure where that image in the article comes from. The official All Access page says nothing about a contract and explicitly details of Dell providing the financing. https://www.microsoft.com/e...
This article is a complete mess.
Well, it isn't a game site. Looks like it is strictly for investors. Still, you would think they would do a little more research and get it right.
I wonder how many people would own the newest phones if they didn't have $30 payment plans... I'm guessing not a lot of people are going to drop the ~$1k for the new iPhone or Galaxy phone all in one payment. You either wait for a price drop or pay the $35 a month for 2 years. People want options.
Options are always good, but phones are a little different in that you are already paying monthly for the service. So I'm just adding $30 to an existing payment to finance my phone at zero interest. Plus, most phone payment plans give the option for trading up to a new phone after a period of time. Xbox All Access is strictly a line of credit with a fixed payment plan and required two year subscriptions to GP and Live. So, for the most part, apples and oranges.
If you were paying Microsoft directly and had the option to upgrade to the next Xbox when it comes out and you were not forced to buy subscriptions to other services in buying the console then you are talking about a similar deal. But that is not this deal.
@carldechance If you're already paying for xbl and gamepass isnt this just adding $15ish to something you're already paying for?
@stevej336 I do not understand the question. If you are already paying for xbl and gamepass then you already own a Xbox One. Right?
@CarlDechance "phones are a little different in that you are already paying monthly for the service. So I'm just adding $30 to an existing payment to finance my phone at zero interest." " If you're already paying for xbl and gamepass isnt this just adding $15ish to something you're already paying for?" "If you are already paying for xbl and gamepass then you already own a Xbox One. Right?" If your "already paying monthly for the service" don't you already own the phone? I've never had a contract phone, I always buy outright but if I had a 24 month contract, the phone would probably cost more that buy outright. With this, after the 2 years, the payments stop and you can choose to subscribe to Live gold andGamepass.
You really think there is zero interest on mobile phone contracts?
@DerekTweed "If your "already paying monthly for the service" don't you already own the phone? " Yes, but people upgrade to newer phones all the time and typically they get a discount trading in their old phone. This is why the phone analogy doesn't work. So many differences to what All Access is. I am paying monthly for my iPhone. The total payments equal the amount I would pay if I bought it outright. But I have the option, after a year, to trade in that phone to a new phone. All Access is a straight up zero interest finance plan for a console bundled with two years of prepaid Live and Game Pass. I'm not describing it this way as a bad thing at all. I think it is a great option. I'm just trying to be accurate.
If this was offered! at the beginning of the lifecycle of the console, but not now. Just imagine if they release a new xbox midway through.
And how is that any different than somebody buying a PS4 or Xbox outright today, next year or just before the next console is released? You are paying for something (for many this financing might be an easier way) and have the same expectations as those buying a console (PS4/Xbox) these next few years. Perhaps Sony or Microsoft should just stop selling the current gen consoles a year or two before the next gen arrives to avoid this "I just bought" issue. /s This is a limited time deal perhaps that very point means it allows much of this getting an All Access and the next month X2 arrives issue as moot. And let's not ignore that most current console owners aren't going out and buying the next gen within the first couple of years of its release (do you think 40 million X1 owners or 80+ million PS4 owners are going out and getting a new console the first year or two it arrives?) And support of games often goes well into the second or third year as well.
I just hope it continues for Xbox 5
Bigger subscription packages.
Thats what they said about Season pass and DLC. It became a cash cow and a way to nickle and dime consumers. Also, it lead the way for developers to release games that are incomplete.
I'm with you in a way but I'm also not. I think developers are starting to look at games like ki where you paid 20 for the game and then each year a new season came out and you paid 15 for it. So this was not a unfinished game but a ever expanding game. There are talks of sports games doing this like for a did wealth the world cup. Maybe cod going all online will follow.gaming is changing we just have to go with it even if we don't like it.
I understand if that was the case. but so far, that is not the case. Developers are charging you full price ($60) for an incomplete game and destiny 2 is a prime example of that. You know how you identify a game that is incomplete? when developers announced season passes and the names of the DLC's that are coming out for the game before the game is even complete development. Developers need to understand that they should focus on the base game to give players the best experiences. DLC's should just be an afterthought. Developers shouldnt even think about what should be in the DLC until after the game is released.
I can already get a console from a retailer in the UK on a 2 year finance plan and it's much cheaper than this. Why is this even a thing? I don't get it.
What utter nonsense are you spouting!? There's no place in the UK you can get gamepass, Xbox live and an Xbox 1x/s for a small monthly fee for 2 years that is actually cheaper than this offer. Sure there are many places you can finance consoles but 1. most add interest so you end up paying more in the end, and 2. it's literally just for the console, the services you'll have buy separately. Why lie to people?
OK Ciporta1980, provide a link as that would be of interest.
https://www.shopto.net/vide... £20.43 a month. https://www.shopto.net/vide... £10.86 a month Come to a similar price if you add game pass and Xbox live to them per month with the 1x being cheaper per month. And you aren't tied into 2 years of Xbox live and game pass so you can stop paying for them if you don't want them any more. Also if you see cheap deals for game pass or live you can take advantage of that. And please don't reply with the exchange rate excuse like everyone doesn't know that ms and Sony both think the exchange rate is 1:1
Living in uk my self all I can say is no you can’t!
I sure you live in the UK? Pretty sure I proved it with 2 seconds on Google.
@ciporta1980 still waiting on that link to back up your nonsense.
I'm still waiting for your reply to the links to back up my facts.
24 months 15.9 % APR Representative. This is already £100 more than bouying outright and that is without Gamepass and Xbox Live Gold the best option there is this one Monthly Payments Instalments Total Amount Payable Instalment Interest p.a. £78.38 6 £470.26 0.0% £39.19 12 £470.26 0.0% £26.13 18 £470.26 0.0% but this is also without gamepass and Gold. So say Gold for 24 months, £80 and Gamepass for 24 months £192. Total price, £742 With this service its $35 x 24 = $840 = £645
Maybe you should have looked at the links I posted before you made this up.
@Ciporta1980 This is coming directly from the links you posted
What are you talking about? It is quite clearly £20.43 a month for the x1 over a 24 month period. It doesn't have any of the figures that you posted anywhere. Like I said maybe you should have looked before you made stuff up.
There are multiple financing option on that link. I even said the best option is this on because it has 0% APR. The 20.43 + 15.9% APR is the one you are talking about. That is £550 total.
£20.43 X 24 = £490.32 not £550. And like I said £20.43 + £7.99 plus whatever live is per month is cheaper than the article. I am yet to be proved wrong.
You forgot the 15.9% interest.
I didn't forget the interest I've bought 3 consoles from there on finance this gen and that is the monthly payment you make. You can quite clearly see that as 24 X £20.43 = £490.32 and not the £449 that the console is actually priced at.
"Microsoft's New Xbox Service Could Pave the Way for Bigger Things" They did this already last Gen too. Some people said it was a game changer back then too and look how it ended.
Bigger things? Call me skeptical. I’d compare it a little bit to a phone network. Over the years the prices have only gotten worse not better.
I am all set here. No strings attached gaming is all I'm interested in.
Great. I'll stick with Sony and Nintendo as I have no need for these "bigger things".
I have no need for a service like this. Options are good but I don't like financing in general. It encourages people to buy and commit to things they can't afford. At least this service is reasonable and is without interest and actually cheaper long term than buying everything outright.
Key word: "could" The reality is that it won't.
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