If you’ve been paying attention to Xbox rumors and announcements lately, you might know that Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass have now officially merged into a single $15-per-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription (which now includes PC games includes). , for the record).
What you may not realize is that you can upgrade up to three years from a current Xbox Live Gold subscription to the new, more expensive subscription for $1 as part of a launch promotion from Microsoft.
As Microsoft describes on the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate announcement page (emphasis added):
New members and existing Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass for Console members can join or upgrade today and get their first month for just $1. Additionally, if you’re a current Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass member and have prepaid months on your account, you’ll get Xbox Game Pass Ultimate credit for those months when you upgrade.
The offer is reconfirmed on the upgrade page itself, which states with the purchase: “Joining Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will upgrade your remaining Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass membership(s) to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for the same amount of time, up to 36 months in total.” Only after your current prepaid plan has expired will Microsoft start charging the usual $15 monthly fee.
Don’t have an Xbox Live Gold subscription (or want to renew it) yet? We’ve confirmed that you can purchase an Xbox Live Gold digital code to add time to your account before taking advantage of the $1 to Game Pass Ultimate conversion. That basically means you can prepay for three years of Game Pass Ultimate for just $181, compared to what would normally cost $540 in monthly subscription fees.
Since its launch in early 2017 with over 100 games, Xbox Game Pass has expanded to include more than 250 Xbox One titles and 108 PC titles that are available for unlimited download as long as you have a subscription. All upcoming first-party Microsoft Studios games will be available on Game Pass on the day of release, and Ultimate members will receive the upcoming Gears 5 four days before release. Ultimate subscribers also receive free “Games with Gold” downloads every month as part of the included Xbox Live Gold membership.
We’re not sure how long Microsoft will keep this introductory offer going. So if you are interested, don’t wait too long.