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Microsoft's New Xbox Service Could Pave the Way for Bigger Things

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.

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49d ago Replies(4)
XiNatsuDragnel49d ago

Bigger things = streaming services and multiple devices.
Thoery though I don't know.

CarlDechance49d ago (Edited 49d ago )

"...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...

giovanealex48d ago

This article is a complete mess.

CarlDechance48d ago

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.

Jinger48d ago

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.

CarlDechance48d ago

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.

CarlDechance48d ago (Edited 48d ago )

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.

stevej33648d ago

@carldechance If you're already paying for xbl and gamepass isnt this just adding $15ish to something you're already paying for?

CarlDechance48d ago

@stevej336

I do not understand the question. If you are already paying for xbl and gamepass then you already own a Xbox One. Right?

DerekTweed48d ago

@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.

Ciporta198048d ago

You really think there is zero interest on mobile phone contracts?

CarlDechance48d ago (Edited 48d ago )

@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.

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Vetgamer48d ago

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.

ImGumbyDammit48d ago (Edited 48d ago )

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.

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