With consoles increasingly moving toward subscription-based services, it makes sense that the next step is the console itself being subscription-based, for the gamer who wants the choice of how they play. Essentially, think of it like being on a plan with a mobile phone, you get your service through your provider and you get the phone as well for $0 upfront on a monthly fee.
Which is why it seems perfect that Telstra is the ones bringing Xbox All Access to Australia. For $27AUD a month with a lock-in term of 2 years, it’s a great way to get access to everything (and I mean everything) Xbox has to offer.
So, for your $27 a month, what do you get? A surprising amount!
You can choose from the Xbox One X Forza Horizon 4 bundle or the Xbox One S Forza Horizon 4 bundle. Which is to say, the Xbox One of your choice that comes with Forza Horizon 4. You’ll also get one controller, a 24-month pass to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (which has all the benefits of Xbox Live Gold and access to over 100 games on console and PC). But here’s the real kicker. The deal also offers the ability to upgrade to the unreleased next-gen Xbox console, Project Scarlett, once it’s available in the holiday season of 2020.
According to Xbox, all together it saves you about $100 as opposed to buying everything separately, which honestly sounds like a pretty darn good deal to me. And, of course, like phone deals, it’s also possible to buy the console outright.
So, how do you get a piece of this?
Simply head to Telstra, either in-store or online, choose which console you want, qualify it all with Telstra, get all the paperwork out of the way, take your shiny new console home, plug it in, and enjoy some Halo! Or Forza. Or Viva Pinata, if they still have that.