Xbox Game Pass is finally available at retail in India: report
Xbox Game Pass subscription codes are finally available at retail. First reported by Rishi Alwani, game analyst and former game publisher Gadgets360, Game Pass Ultimate digital codes can now be purchased from Amazon India, and they are a bit cheaper compared to buying on the Microsoft official site due to additional taxes. If you buy from Amazon, you’ll only be charged the default price – Rs. 499 – for a one-month subscription, providing access to hundreds of high-quality games on console and PC, EA Play subscription and Xbox Live Gold allowing online multiplayer. Cloud gaming is also included in the package. Amazon also offers a three-month subscription, costing Rs. 1,499. Reminder: These are all digital codes, which should be sent to your email address once the order has been processed.
For keyboard and mouse-only purists, PC Game Pass is also available on Amazon India, albeit in a three-month variant, costing Rs. 1,049. As the title suggests, this is PC exclusive but offers similar content in terms of same-day game launches for Xbox Games Studios titles like regular and paid version, EA Play, and member-exclusive discounts.
Unlike consoles, you don’t need subscriptions to enable online multiplayer on PC, so that’s not included here. You might also notice Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriptions on Flipkart, but they’re fulfilled by third-party retailers — not officially Xbox. Also, third-party sellers usually raise Game Pass prices anyway, so you might want to avoid that.
Late last month, Microsoft ended its $1 trial for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which allowed gamers to test out the service for a month. In India, the trial cost Rs. 50, and would then default to the standard rate of Rs. 499 per month. “We have discontinued our previous introductory offer for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and PC Game Pass and are evaluating different marketing promotions for new members in the future,” Kari Perez, Head of Global Communications, Xbox told The Verge in a statement. prepared. As of now, it’s unclear what the new promo ideas are, but it leaves a sour taste considering the cheap trial feature has been around for years.
Microsoft has also expanded its Xbox Game Pass Friends & Family plan to six new regions, following its initial rollout in Ireland and Colombia last year. The service is now available in New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, Hungary, Israel and Sweden.
The feature allows users to share their Game Pass subscription with up to four additional people (five total) in a Game Circle, as long as they reside in the same country. That’s a huge advantage over services like Spotify, which require users to enter and confirm their home addresses for Duo and Family plans. The primary account holder will be responsible for adding members to the group and making payments on time. It also allows users to split the bill and access a plethora of games on Xbox.
Currently, it is unknown when the service will hit other regions like India, US and UK. For pricing context, Xbox Game Pass Friends & Family costs €21.99 (approximately 1,981 rupees) per month in Ireland.
A one-month Xbox Game Pass subscription costs Rs. 499 per month, offering access to games on PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series S/X. It is now available on Amazon from MRP.
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