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Microsoft Ends $1 Xbox Game Pass Trial Just in Time for Starfield

As the gaming community eagerly awaits the release of Bethesda’s Starfield, Microsoft has made a significant move that has caught the attention of many. Just days before the much-anticipated game’s launch, Microsoft has decided to pull the plug on its $1 Xbox Game Pass trial. Let’s delve deeper into the implications of this decision and what it means for gamers.

Earlier in the year, Microsoft had hinted at discontinuing the monthly $1 Xbox Game Pass Ultimate trial offer. However, after a subsequent price hike for the subscription, the company reintroduced the $1 trial, albeit in a 14-day format. This short-lived comeback has now been halted, with the 14-day trial being removed from Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass sign-up page. This move leaves no trial options, especially since the full month $1 Game Pass trial was already discontinued earlier in August.

With the removal of the trial, gamers eager to dive into Bethesda’s space role-playing game, Starfield, will now have to shell out $9.99/£7.99 for a month on PC or $10.99/£8.99 for a month on Xbox. Those opting for the Ultimate package will be set back by $16.99/£12.99 for a month. This strategic move by Microsoft, although sudden, isn’t entirely unexpected. Given Starfield’s high-profile status and its potential to significantly boost Game Pass subscribers, Microsoft’s decision aims to enhance Game Pass revenue.

Starfield’s global release on Xbox Series X|S and PC is scheduled for September 1. The game’s launch is not just another addition to Microsoft’s gaming portfolio; it’s a pivotal moment. The company has invested heavily in the game, and its success could be a game-changer for the Xbox Game Pass subscription numbers. By eliminating the $1 trial, Microsoft is ensuring that it capitalizes on the game’s potential to the fullest.

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Aritra Patra
Aritra Patra
Executive Editor at TalkEsport | CS2 enthusiast ▄︻デ══━一
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