If you are looking for an easier way to join the Xbox community, Microsoft is rolling out an updated All Access program that lowers the upfront cost of buying a console with monthly payments. But unlike previous times where the company has offered the subscription service, there is a new benefit that lets you upgrade to Scarlett.
Starting at $19.99 a month, you can grab an Xbox One All Digital Edition, 24 months of Game Pass Ultimate, and the option to upgrade Scarlett but there are a few things you need to know (more on that below). Xbox All Access is available to gamers in the US, UK, and Australia, starting on October 29 in Australia, November 5 in the U.K. and November 18 in the U.S.
There are three options to choose from, an Xbox One X bundle for $30.99 a month, Xbox One S for $22.99 a month, and the All Digital Xbox One S for $19.99 a month; all plans run for 24 months.
If you are wanting to upgrade to Scarlett, the next-generation Xbox that will launch in about a year from now, there are two paths to upgrading. There is a ‘special offer’ available now that if you buy the Xbox One X bundle before the end of 2019, you will be able to upgrade your console after you have made 12 payments. If you buy a console after the end of 2019, you will have to wait until you have made 18 payments to upgrade. You will be required to upgrade your console with the same vendor where you acquired your first console as well.
If you are planning to upgrade to Scarlett and are not buying the Xbox One X model, there will be an upgrade fee if you choose the Xbox One All Digital version but Microsoft does not say what this fee will be.
For those who are a bit hesitant to buy a new console a year (or less) before Scarlett is released, Xbox All Access may be a good option to start gaming today, without having to invest in a console that will soon be superseded.