Microsoft has stopped its $1 trial offer for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and PC Game Pass. The trial has been available for years, with brief periods where it wasn’t always available in certain markets, and it now looks like Microsoft is considering new promotions instead, reports The Verge.
“We have stopped 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,” says Kari Perez, head of global communications at Xbox.
We will remind you that previously for $1 you could get the first month of subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and PC Game Pass, and after the end of the trial you can switch to the standard plan, the cost of which depends on the region.
Microsoft is currently working on a new plan Friends & Family for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which lets you share the benefits of your subscription with up to four friends or family members. The cost of such a plan in Ireland, for example, is €21.99 per month (about $24), which is less than $5 per person. Looks like an interesting proposition.
Microsoft recently expanded the Friends & Family to New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, Hungary, Israel and Sweden, but it is still not available in most European markets and the US. The cancellation of the $1 trial could mean that Microsoft is preparing to further expand the availability of Friends & Family.
We will remind you that recently Microsoft opened access to PC Game Pass in 40 countries of the world, finally including Ukraine.