Telstra is partnering with Microsoft to bring Aussie gamers the Xbox All Access Gaming Package. Similar to your monthly phone plan, gamers can get hold of an Xbox One S or Xbox One X, and the incredible Xbox Games Pass Ultimate with no upfront costs, paying it off for a monthly fee over 24 months.
The Xbox One S bundle is priced at AU $27 per month for 24 months, or gamers can opt for the 4k, more-powerful Xbox One X for $38 a month on a 24-month contract. Unlike many phone plans, you are not leasing a product, you will actually own the Xbox One.
Both Xbox One packages also include Forza Horizon 4, and the Lego Speed Champions add on, which is arguably the best racing game of the last few years. Also, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate includes all the benefits of Xbox Live Gold, plus access to over 100 games. This service includes excellent new releases like Gears 5 and The Outer Worlds.
Gamers can buyout their hardware at any time and upgrade to the next-gen Xbox “Project Scarlett” once it’s available with an expected release of holiday 2020, which means these plans don’t have great timing, but if you don’t yet own an Xbox One, this could be the way to go.
The Xbox All Access bundles are surprisingly good value. For example, An Xbox One X currently retails for AU $500 and 24 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate comes in at $383, for a total of $883. With Telstra’s package, you would pay $912. That’s only an extra $29 over two years to save the hassle of forking out a large sum upfront.
Alternativly, an Xbox One S retails for $349, with Game Pass Ultimate, that totals at $732. An Xbox One S plan costs a minimum of $648 over 24 months, so you could actually save some money in the long run.
Xbox All Access is the latest entertainment option for Telstra customers to add to their existing plans. It’s part of Telstra’s new, simplified plans that customise home and mobile packages with add-ons and subscriptions available on flexible terms.
“Xbox All Access with Telstra will do for gaming what Netflix and Spotify did for the content streaming market,” said Michael Ackland, Telstra Group’s Executive for consumer and small business relations.
“When we first introduced Telstra TV, more than half of our customers had never streamed TV shows or movies before. Today, we have around 1.5 million Telstra TVs in Aussie homes.”
Telstra is aiming for similar success with its new Xbox partnership which should strengthen when 5G and better home internet reach a broader audience.
The Xbox All Access plans are available now to Telstra customers.