Xbox Game Pass in Australia
|Plan||Price||Inclusions||Go to site|
|Game Pass Ultimate||$15.95/mth||PC, Xbox, Xbox Live Gold||Try for $1|
|PC Game Pass||$10.95/mth||PC Game Library||Try for $1|
|Console Game Pass||$10.95/mth||Xbox Game Library||Sign up|
|Telstra All Access||$34/mth||Xbox One X + Game Pass Ultimate||$0 for first 3 months|
Game Pass might be the single greatest thing to come out of the Xbox One generation, a massive library of some of the best Xbox One games, and additional perks at one monthly cost. Here’s everything you need to know about Xbox Game Pass in Australia.
What is Xbox Game Pass?
Game Pass, or Xbox Game Pass, is a monthly subscription that gives Windows PC and Xbox users instant access to the latest AAA first-party games, like Sea of Thieves, and Forza Horizon 4 extra perks, like discounts and in-game loot, for one monthly price.
It’s like Netflix for games, except you download titles instead of streaming them (at least until the state of Australian broadband improves).
There are three tiers to Game Pass: Console, PC, and Ultimate.
Here’s what each plan gets you.
$0 Xbox One X and Game Pass Ultimate
Until 30 June 2020, Telstra users can add an Xbox One X and Game Pass Ultimate subscription for $0 for 3 months. After your first three months, you will be charged $34 per month on top of your regular phone or internet bill.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate
The best value option is the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. That gets you everything included in both the Console and PC Game Pass tiers, with Xbox Live Gold included. Xbox Live Gold is required to play a lot of games online, and will typically cost you $10.95 per month alone. That makes Xbox Game Pass Ultimate’s $15.95 per month price tag all the better for value.
There’s also all the associated perks with Xbox Live Gold, such as Deals with Gold (regular discounts) and Games with Gold (free monthly games).
Ultimate gives you access across both PC and console, and, like the PC tier, costs $1 for the first month.
Xbox Game Pass (Console)
The Console Game Pass gives you access to the 100+ game library, including day-one first-party (e.g., Xbox Game Studio) releases and new games every month, and member discounts to use on your Xbox One console, exclusively. That means you won’t be able to transfer Play Anywhere games to your PC, without PC Game Pass, or Ultimate.
The Console Game Pass costs $10.95 per month, and there’s no lock-in contract so you can cancel any time. If you do cancel, the games downloaded via Game Pass will be locked until you resume your subscription, but you won’t lose any save data.
PC Game Pass
Similarly, PC Game Pass gives you access to a similar, but not identical, list of 100+ games to play, including the day-one Xbox Game Studio releases, this time on your Windows PC. So if you subscribe to PC Game Pass, those titles won’t be transferable to your Xbox One console.
The PC Game Pass also costs $10.95 per month, but your first month will only cost you $1. At the time of writing, the PC Game Pass is also discounted to $4.95 per month for a limited time.
The only technical requirement for using PC Game Pass itself is that you need the latest Windows 10 update and the beta Xbox App for PC. Otherwise, device requirements vary from game to game.
How much is Xbox Game Pass?
Here’s how much each Game Pass tier costs you side-by-side.
|Plan||Ultimate Game Pass||PC Game Pass||Console Game Pass|
|Trial||First month for $1||First month for $1||N/A|
|Platforms||Windows PC, Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X||Windows PC||Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X|
|Xbox Live Gold||Included||Not included||Not included|
|Perks and discounts||Game With Gold, Deals with Gold, Game Pass discounts, In-game offers||Game Pass discounts, In-game offers||Game Pass discounts, In-game offers|
Game Pass Games
There are over 100+ games in the Xbox Game Pass library. Firstly, every Xbox Game Studio (first-party) game is available on launch day. Minecraft: Dungeons, Gears 5, Sea of Thieves, Crackdown 3, and more were all available on Game Pass at launch. All future first-party games will follow suit, including Halo Infinite, the studio’s most anticipated game in years.
But it’s not just first-party games. Some incredible third-party make their way to Game Pass at launch too, including the spectacular co-op bash Moving Out, and side-scrolling brawler Streets of Rage 4.
Most of the very best Xbox One games are available on Game Pass, but with over 100 to choose from, it can be hard to decide what to play next. Don’t worry; we’ve picked out some of the best hidden gems on Game Pass here.
How to cancel Xbox Game Pass subscription
If you’ve played everything Game Pass has to offer you right now, cancelling or pausing your subscription is super simple. Follow these steps to cancel Game Pass.
- Head to https://www.xbox.com/en-AU/
- Click the login icon in the top-right corner of the screen.
- Log in with your Microsoft account username and password.
- Click the profile icon in the top-right corner.
- Click ‘Services & subscriptions.’
- Scroll down to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate/Console Game Pass/PC Game Pass and click ‘Manage.’
- On the right-hand side of the screen under ‘Payments’ click ‘Cancel subscription.’