Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is certainly one of the best, if not the best, values for Xbox console, PC, and even Android gamers. Why? Because for the low price of $14.99 a month, you can play tons of full games, including new titles from Microsoft.
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But that’s not all you can do with this subscription service. Here’s everything you need to know about Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. You can sign up now at the link below, which is also offering gamers a special promo offer of just $1 for the first month.
What is Xbox Game Pass Ultimate?
This is a monthly subscription service made for Xbox owners, along with PC gamers with Windows 10 installed. It even has benefits for Android gamers. Let’s go over each feature right now.
Feature 1: All the things from Xbox Game Pass
The first thing this service has is all the features of the standard Xbox Game Pass subscription. That means you can download and play over 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 games on your Xbox One and the upcoming Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles. The list of games includes all the titles from Microsoft’s Xbox Game Studio titles the day they are first released. Subscribers also get special discounts and deals. Normally, Xbox Game Pass on its own costs $9.99 a month.
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Feature 2: Xbox Game Pass for PC included
In addition, the service also includes Xbox Game Pass for PC. It offers Windows 10 gamers a way to download and play over 100 full PC games. Again, any new Xbox Game Studio title for PC will be available on the service the day they release it. Xbox Game Pass for PC by itself costs $9.99 a month.
Feature 3: Cloud gaming for Android (Project xCloud)
In addition, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is the only way to get Microsoft’s new Cloud Gaming feature for Android smartphones and tablets. Formerly known as “Project xCloud” it allows those devices to stream and play over 100 Xbox One and PC games. Nearly all the games require a compatible game controller to play, although one title, Microsoft Dungeons, does have optional touchscreen controls.
Feature 4: Xbox Live Gold
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate also offers access to Xbox Live Gold at no additional charge. It lets Xbox console owners access online multiplayer features in games. It also offers additional discounts on Xbox games. Finally, it offers Games with Gold, which offers up to four free Xbox One or Xbox 360 games every month. When claimed, those games will be available for subscribers for as long as they have a paid subscription. It costs $9.99 a month on its own.
Other Xbox Game Pass Ultimate features
The service also gives subscribers some additional free offers, such as exclusive in-game content for titles. It also has some exclusive offers from Microsoft’s third-party partners. One of them is a one month free trial for the Disney Plus streaming service. It’s only for new users of the service. The offer must be claimed by January 31, 2021, and redeemed by March 2, 2021.
Publisher Electronic Arts has its own game subscription service, called EA Play. You can play over 60 older EA games for $4.99 a month, or $29.99 for a year. You can also get access to new EA games before they launch with 10 hours of free demo time, plus discounts on purchasing full games.
EA and Microsoft have recently announced that EA Play will be included in the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate bundle for no additional cost. That feature is now available for Xbox console owners. Some EA Play games will also be available on Microsoft’s cloud gaming service for Android devices. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Game Pass for PC members were also supposed to be able to access EA Play games on Windows 10 PCs in mid-December. However, that feature has now been delayed until sometime in 2021.
How much does it cost?
As we mentioned, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate costs $14.99 a month. Because it combines Xbox Game Pass, Game Pass for PC, and Xbox Live Gold, that means you are saving about $15 a month when you get Ultimate, versus paying for each service on its own. Plus, there’s the cloud gaming feature which is only available as an Ultimate subscriber. Finally, adding EA Play has added even more value to the service.
You can also purchase one- or three-month digital codes for the service at Amazon.com.
Where is it available?
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is available in the following countries:
- Czech Republic
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States
Do I get to keep all of the games if I stop using the service?
No. Once you stop your subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, all of the games available on the service are no longer available to you. That includes games you have downloaded to your Xbox One or Windows 10 PC. If you bought DLC items for any game you accessed via the service, they still belong to you. However, you can not use them unless you actually pay for the games.
Do games leave Xbox Game Pass Ultimate?
Yes. While Microsoft constantly adds new games to the service, it also removes others on a regular basis. You can keep up with the current list of Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC games on the official Xbox Game Pass web site.
Is there a mobile app for the service?
Yes. The Xbox Game Pass mobile app for Android and iOS allows both regular and Ultimate subscribers to keep track of their games. You will also get notifications when new games go live on the service. You can even use the app to order your Xbox One console to download the game if you are not at home. This will allow you to start playing the game when you get back to your house.
In addition, the Android version of the app is the way for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers to stream and play games via the cloud gaming feature. That feature is not available on the iOS version of the app.
Will Xbox Cloud Gaming be available on other platforms in the future?
Yes. Microsoft does have concrete plans to bring the service to hardware beyond its Xbox consoles and Android devices. From Spring 2021, the Xbox Cloud Gaming beta for Ultimate subscribers will be available on Windows 10 PCs via the Xbox app or web browser. For iOS users, the service will be made available through the browser, too.
That’s everything about the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate service. We will update this post when new features or changes are made.