Is Microsoft planning to sell the Xbox in phone-style contracts?

Microsoft is apparently taking inspiration from phone contracts to give its Xbox division a shot in the arm.

Windows Central has got word from a number of sources that the Xbox One and Xbox One X will soon be available on a two-year contract in the US. Dubbed Xbox All Access, the deal would provide users with an Xbox One console, as well as two-year subscriptions to Xbox Live and Game Pass.

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It will set you back $22 per month (~£17) for an Xbox One S or $35 per month (~£27) for the 4K-toting Xbox One X.

At the end of the two years, as with your current phone contract, your debt is paid off and you own the console. Unlike a phone, of course, the console will likely still have plenty of legs left, and you won’t be left immediately seeking an upgrade.

So, is that good value? Well, an Xbox One S costs $230 and an Xbox One X goes for $499. Two years of Live is $120 and Game Pass goes for $9.99 each month, so multiply that by 24 for $239.76. All in, that means a total of $579.76 for the One S plus extras or $858.76 for the One X.

The subscription cost, by contrast would be $528 or $840. So yes, that is a good deal, assuming it’s true and the figures are accurate – even if you could go lower with a little shopping around.

There’s one big caveat, of course: you may not want Xbox Live or Game Pass. Unfortunately, Microsoft really does want you to have that (and ideally to forget to cancel your subscription in two years’ time).

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This feels like a smart move by Microsoft. If the phone industry has taught us anything, it’s that people will go for a top-end model if they can split the cost, often paying more in the long haul than they would by buying a handset outright.

If anything’s going to help close the gap with the PlayStation 4, this isn’t a bad horse to back.

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