Ah, Xbox All Access. It's been too long. How've you been? Oh, a brand new Xbox console on the way in late 2020? That definitely sounds like as good a reason to come back as any. That's right, folks! As the title clued you in, Xbox All Access has returned after a brief absence while Microsoft got everything in working order. This time around, however, things are different. Newer. In addition to various pricing changes and regional offers, Xbox All Access will now feature an option to upgrade to Project Scarlett, Microsoft's next-generation Xbox hardware, following the proper procedures. Let's dive into all of the finer details down below, shall we?


But first, a bit of a history lesson on Xbox All Access (a one-year old history lesson). Microsoft introduced the subscription service in the middle of summer 2018, offering an affordable way to get your hands on an Xbox One console with all of the benefits included. Back then, the deal was that you'd be getting either an Xbox One S or Xbox One X, alongside an Xbox Live Gold membership and access to Game Pass. Thanks to the monthly payment method, gamers could gradually pay for the purchased Xbox One, getting to keep the hardware payment-free after the 24-month period ends. In essence, it's basically a two-year investment for an Xbox One. Considering the timing of Project Scarlett, then, it only seems natural to bring the service back for those looking to get into the next-gen.

So how are things looking for Xbox All Access this time around? For one thing, it includes several more console options. All of them are still Xbox One S and X models, but this time you can choose from bundles like the Forza Horizon 4 bundle, as well as an Xbox One S All-Digital Edition. Just like before, you'll be granted a 24-month membership to both Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass. Better yet, Game Pass's reach includes both Windows PC and Xbox One. Last but not least: the upgrade. Microsoft says it best themselves. "We realize buying a console is an investment and some players are waiting to make the jump to the next generation with Project Scarlett when it launches in Holiday 2020 alongside "Halo Infinite"," the posting on their website states. "This is why as a limited time offer this holiday season, players in the U.S. and U.K. who purchase an Xbox One X with Xbox All Access through December 31, 2019, have the option to upgrade to the next Xbox console in as few as 12 months and once Project Scarlett has officially launched." They continued by explaining the requirements for an upgrade: You'll need to be in good financial standing, purchase Project Scarlett from the same retail partner where you subscribed to Xbox All Access, and trade-in the console you originally had when you started it. There is an upgrade fee if you're jumping from an Xbox One S to Scarlett as well.


As always, the full details are available on Microsoft's official website, so make sure to give it a gander if you're interested in subscribing. Getting into Xbox All Access now means an upgrade to Scarlett once it launches, and all of the usual Game Pass and membership perks still apply. If there were ever a time to get into Xbox, this might be it. There still aren't too many details behind Project Scarlett; it's appearance and official name are still unknown. We do know what's under the hood though, as Microsoft was proud to share that at their E3 conference this past year. It's cutting edge technology, and falls right in line with the recently-confirmed PlayStation 5, set to release in the holiday 2020 season right alongside Scarlett. The next generation of console gaming isn't that far off now, so it's time to get saving and get prepared. Those in the U.S. can expect the new Xbox All Access to roll out on November 18th, while those in the U.K. can expect it relatively soon on November 5th.


Tanner is a freelance writer. He enjoys all things video games, particularly the weirder ones, and can often be found drinking coffee and trying to get through his backlog.

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