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Report: “Xbox All Access” to offer free hardware with two-year agreement

Mobile phone customers in the US are already used to getting free or reduced-price hardware when they sign up for a two-year mobile service agreement. Now a report suggests Microsoft might be looking at a similar offering for its Xbox One ecosystem.

Windows Central reports that its sources inside Microsoft indicate that the company is currently planning to roll out an “Xbox All Access” plan, which would give users free hardware if they sign up for two years of Xbox Live and the Netflix-style Xbox Games Pass. All Access subscriptions would cost about $22 a month for a plan with Xbox One S hardware or $35 a month for the more powerful Xbox One X hardware, according to the report. Users would be able to cancel their subscriptions after two years and keep the hardware.

As described, an All Access pass would be a pretty good deal for consumers. Paying $528 over two years for the lower-tier All Access plan would actually cost less than buying a $230 Xbox One S then spending $360 on subscriptions (for a total of $590). For the higher-end plan, paying $840 over two years ends up slightly better than paying $500 for the Xbox One X hardware and another $360 for subscriptions ($860 total).

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