Those who wanted to take advantage of the chance to snag an Xbox One with no upfront cost only have a week left. Microsoft announced Thursday that it is ending its experimental Xbox All Access program on Dec. 31, but will roll out a new version next year.
Launched in August, Xbox All Access was the first program of its kind in the video game console market. The program allowed consumers to finance an Xbox One rather than pay full price at purchase. Microsoft tossed in free subscriptions to Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold, which total more than $100 a month, to anyone who participated in the program.
In a statement, Microsoft said it would be “expanding the program and bringing it to even more gamers in 2019.”
Since Xbox All Access had to be purchased at a Microsoft store, it was clearly designed to move inventory in addition to gaining a larger share of the game console pie. Sony’s PlayStation 4 has sold more than 86 million units since its launch in 2013. Microsoft doesn’t publicly disclose its sales numbers, but there’s not any evidence that it has more Xbox Ones sales.
Xbox fans – you have until 12/31 to take advantage of the limited-time, in store offer for Xbox All Access, so check with your local MSFT Store for more info. And in case you’re wondering, the program will be expanding in 2019. Stay tuned for more! https://t.co/OqrGHYBTl6
— Larry Hryb (@majornelson) December 20, 2018