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Microsoft’s Spring Sale makes Xbox Game Pass an absolute bargain

April 12th, 2019
Ten days to ponder whether <em>Fallout 76</em> is worth a console discount. Hmm.

Enlarge / Ten days to ponder whether Fallout 76 is worth a console discount. Hmm. (credit: Microsoft)

We're expecting some imminent changes to Microsoft's Game Pass service, but right now the company is offering something of a bargain: three months of Xbox Game Pass, with more than 100 games available, for just $1.

This is part of Microsoft's broader Spring Sale, which includes some significant discounts on both Xbox and PC games, consoles, and accessories. One month of Gold is also available for $1.

Because nothing's ever easy, the exact deals on offer depend on which day you want to buy. Most deals run through April 22, though a few go a little shorter or longer, and some deals aren't available until next week. Aside from the Game Pass, the other standout is $100 off certain Xbox One X models, bringing them down to $399. The downside? They come with a bundled copy of Fallout 76.

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Microsoft is bringing all-you-can-play Game Pass subscription to PC

October 25th, 2018
The arrow is pointing to a PC that's just off-frame to the right.

Enlarge / The arrow is pointing to a PC that's just off-frame to the right.

Microsoft says PC players will be able to access a version of its all-you-can-download Xbox Game Pass subscription service some time in the future.

The news comes from CEO Satya Nadella, who mentioned the move offhandedly in response to a question about cloud gaming in a recent earnings call. Nadella said "increasing the strength of the community" around the Xbox brand is important to the company's bottom line and that "obviously, bringing Game Pass to even the PC is going to be a big element of that."

It's not clear which PC games exactly would be included with such a subscription or whether PC games would require their own separate subscription on top of the existing console Game Pass. For years, Microsoft has been promoting its "Play Anywhere" initiative for games that you buy once and play across PC and console, though we've run into trouble with that compatibility in practical testing.

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