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Is Microsoft exploring a cheaper ad-supported Xbox Game Pass ‘Lite’?

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What you need to know

  • A purported survey posted on ResetEra suggests that Microsoft may be exploring an ad-supported tier of Xbox Game Pass, which also grants Xbox Live Gold. 
  • The cheaper tier would include all of Xbox’s exclusive library of games, including major first-party titles six months after launch. Those games, however, would play ads upon launch to help fund the tier. 
  • Microsoft also recently patented personalized ads to show in games, which seems suspiciously timely given this survey. 
  • It may also be nothing. 

A recent confluence of events has led some (including me) to speculate that Microsoft could be exploring a cheaper tier of Xbox Game Pass, supported by ads. 

A post buried in a ResetEra thread appears to show a recent survey that was sent out to some Xbox users, asking how they’d feel about an additional tier of Xbox Game Pass. 

If real, the purported tier would cost $3 dollars per month, and provide access to a variety of Xbox Game Pass content with some fairly generous limitations. It would include an EA Access-like vault of past first-party Xbox games, with a similar 6-month delay on new Xbox games from hitting the service. Those who accessed these download-only Xbox games via this tier would be asked to view an ad before the game starts rolling. 

The survey suggests that Microsoft is exploring a tier of Xbox Game Pass priced at 3 euros per month that would include online multiplayer, first-party Xbox games after six months, supported by ads.  (Image credit: AImalexia @ ResetEra)

Assuming the above table is real, this tier also includes online multiplayer access, which is currently $9.99 per month and offers no games beyond the severely-diminished Xbox Live Games with Gold program. Games with Gold now generally only includes two Xbox One indie titles per month, and has been the subject of criticism and derision for some time. 





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