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Xbox Starts Accepting UPI Payments in India

Microsoft has initiated a transformative update for Xbox users in India. In a significant development, Indian gamers can now make purchases on the Xbox store using UPI (Unified Payments Interface) payment methods. This innovative integration marks a pivotal shift from the previous system where purchases were limited to Microsoft balance top-ups or credit cards like Visa and Mastercard​​.

The implementation of UPI payments is being introduced gradually. Initially, only a subset of users will notice this option in their Xbox accounts. This strategic phased rollout aims to streamline the process and ensure a smooth transition for users. As Xbox commences this rollout, it is noteworthy that PlayStation has yet to adopt UPI as a payment method, positioning Xbox as a pioneer in this regard within the gaming storefront sphere in India​​.

Xbox Game Pass: Expansion through PhonePe

Apart from that, Xbox Game Pass subscriptions have become available on the PhonePe app, signaling Microsoft’s capability to natively integrate UPI payments across different platforms. As of now, Indian users can purchase various Xbox Game Pass subscriptions through PhonePe and Amazon India.

This move not only increases accessibility for gamers but also reflects Microsoft’s commitment to expanding its digital services footprint in India​​​​.

Subscription Options

Xbox Game Pass offers several subscription options via UPI on PhonePe:

  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (1 Month) at Rs. 549
  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (3 Months) at Rs. 1,649
  • Xbox Game Pass Console (3 Months) at Rs. 1,049
  • PC Game Pass (3 Months) at Rs. 1,049

Gamers are advised to exercise caution and remain vigilant against potential scams, particularly from sellers seeking private Xbox account information​​.

Despite these positive steps, there remains speculation about Microsoft’s broader intentions in the Indian gaming market, particularly regarding console gaming. Arjun Verma, Xbox Gaming’s GXI manager, hinted that markets like India might not be the primary focus for console space expansion, reflecting a cautious approach by Microsoft towards these regions.

The availability of Xbox Series X and S consoles in India through major online retailers like Amazon, Flipkart, and Games The Shop, along with the competitively priced Xbox Game Pass subscription starting at Rs. 349/month, demonstrates Microsoft’s ongoing efforts to cater to the diverse needs of Indian gamers​​.

Microsoft’s introduction of UPI payments and the expansion of Xbox Game Pass subscriptions in India are significant milestones in the gaming industry. These developments not only enhance the accessibility and convenience for Indian gamers but also signal Microsoft’s adaptability and responsiveness to market demands.

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