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Xbox's new service combines Game Pass and Live Gold

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

Microsoft have announced a new subscription service named Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. As the name suggests, the new service will combine Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold services in one ultimate bundle. It launches later this year for $14.99.

Just like earlier rumours and leaks suggested, Microsoft are launching another subscription service on Xbox. Today, the tech giant announced the plans to bring the ultimate bundle to those who are subscribed to both Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold.

Named simply, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, the much requested, new subscription service will merge the two already mentioned services into one convenient membership that will also come at a lower price.

As you may know, Xbox Game Pass offers a huge library of over a hundred titles that can be played as long as you stay subscribed. Xbox Live Gold is Microsoft's online gaming subscription that is required if you want to take part in online multiplayer. Both of these are priced at $9.99 per month but with their upcoming service, Microsoft will offer both for $14.99 per month. 

The benefits of these will stay the same, you will be able to enjoy Xbox Game Pass' catalogue of "free games" and take part in the online multiplayer just like you do now, only for a lower price. 

Microsoft also said that Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is scheduled to arrive sometime later this year and starting today, they are inviting a limited number of Xbox Insider community members to join and test Xbox Game Pass Ultimate before the launch. Unfortunately, it seems that you can't volunteer to test the service and it's exclusively available for Insider members. 

Today, Microsoft also announced a brand new all-digital Xbox One S console. It's a regular S console without the disc drive, priced at $249. It also comes with three free games preinstalled - Sea of Thieves, Minecraft and Forza Horizon 3. You can read more on the "new" console here.

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For more details on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, check the Microsoft's announcement on the Xbox website, and take a look at Game Pass catalogue of games here.