Microsoft announces Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription

Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass is being combined into a single service, as Microsoft give their first hints at their E3 plans.

From later on this year Microsoft will be offering the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, a combination of the standard Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass subscriptions for £10.99.

That’s cheaper than the £13.98 it’d cost to buy them separately, although you will still be able to do that if you prefer.

The news follows a recent price increase for Xbox Live Gold in the UK and will come shortly after the release of the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, which has just been confirmed for a May release.

Both announcements were made during the latest Inside Xbox show, which also confirmed that Microsoft’s pre-E3 media briefing would be on Sunday, 9 June at 9pm UK time.

That’s exactly when you’d normally expect it, although this year there’s no equivalent from Sony, or EA for that matter. Bethesda will have their conference on technically the same day, although it won’t start till 1.30am on Monday from a UK perspective.

Ubisoft will also have their event on Monday at 9pm UK time, while Nintendo is assumed to be planning a Nintendo Direct for Tuesday – although they haven’t announced anything yet.

With Sony leaving them something of an open goal it’s assumed that Microsoft will be announcing quite a bit of information about their next gen plans at E3, although perhaps not in as much detail as fans would hope – as they won’t want to negatively affect 2019 Christmas sales too much, by encouraging everyone to wait for a new console next year.

An Xbox FanFest event is also planned for E3, should you happen to be in L.A. in early June and costs $45 ($35) a ticket. You can find out more information here.

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