Microsoft’s Long-Term Introductory Offer for Xbox Game Pass Subscription Platformallows users to try the service for $1 for the first time months before moving on to more expensive payments, has finally come to an end.
EQUAL precipice reportagreement — which applies to both Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and PC Game Pass — was recently canceled, with a Microsoft spokesperson saying “We have discontinued the previous referral offer for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and PC Game Pass and are evaluating various marketing promotions for future new members.”
Anyone can guess what those “different marketing promotions” are, although the whole purpose of the $1 deal is to attract new users, The natural successor could easily be the Xbox Game Pass Friends and Family program, which, although not yet available in the US, has been tested in several international markets as of late 2022..
Anyone who signed up for Game Pass will see the months from current subscriptions converted to part of the month in the shared plan. If you currently have an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, each remaining month will translate into 18 days of Game Pass Friends and Family. Those who signed up for the partial tiers will see their subscriptions convert to 12 days of Game Pass Friends and Family.
However, there are some limitations. If you’re the account holder, you can only have four more people on an account at any one time, and can only share with eight unique accounts during a calendar year. And it’s region-locked: The main account holder can only add members who live in the same country or region.
While it’s not a 1:1 replacement for a $1 offer, it’s just a good deal for whoeverit means everyone recommending Xbox Game Pass to a friend or family will have a pretty easy way to get them on board through their own account.
It sucks to see the $1 deal go away, as I’m sure many/most of you took advantage of it, but if you’re not ready for the moment Xbox decides to start doing things like this, you haven’t paid enough attention to TV and sports in the last five years.