Reports have emerged that suggests Microsoft could combine both Xbox hardware and its online offering into a single monthly subscription. The Verge claims to have heard from sources familiar with the platform holder's plans that the offer - codenamed Project Largo - will see players pay a monthly free to gain either an Xbox One S or Xbox One X, along with Xbox Live Gold membership and the Xbox Game Pass.
The site reports that the Xbox One X offer would bundle the 4K console and the two services in for $34.99 per month in a two-year contract - a total spend of $839.76.
The subscription package is believed to be called Xbox All Access, as also reported by Windows Central. This will only be available via Microsoft's retail stores initially and only to US customers, but if it proves to be popular the platform holder could roll this out to other markets.
It's an intriguing prospect, and one that builds on a previous Microsoft experiment: six year ago, the firm offered an Xbox 360 for $99, providing consumers committed to a two-month Xbox Live contract at $15 per month.
It also plays into the long-suspected shift towards a smartphone-style model, something that was widely discussed when both the Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro were announced. These incremental hardware updates are deemed by some to be the console equivalent of a mid-generation iPhone, and possibly testing the waters for a market where players pick up their console as part of a mobile-style contract rather than a hefty one-off payment.
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