Xbox owners can save hundreds of dollars on Game Pass because Sony is preventing PlayStation owners from doing just that.
Xbox Game Pass and PS Plus subscriptions are just another cost piling up on top of Netflix, Disney Plus, and whatever else you forgot to sign up for, so we’re all looking for a way to play the system.
PS4 and PS5 owners have found they can stack PS Now subscriptions before the transition to the new PS Plus to save money. But Sony quickly put a stop to that. On Xbox, however, things are a bit different. There is a workaround that has yet to be determined that will save you hundreds of dollars.
What do you want to know
There are several ways to save money, depending on whether or not you’ve taken advantage of the $1 / £1 / AU$1 Xbox Live Gold upgrade. If that doesn’t ring a bell, you can save even more with this tip, so congratulations!
With both options, you’ll want to stack up to three Xbox Live Gold subscriptions. This is the maximum amount you can stack at a time. Since we don’t know how long this loophole will last, you might want to max out now.
Keep in mind that when redeeming codes, 36 months is also the cap. You won’t be able to redeem a code for more than a month, for example, if you’re already at 35 months – so for the love of all things holy, if you’re buying three one-year subscriptions, make sure that the recurring billing option is disabled. The feature actually nets you a free month as a small bonus, but it’ll throw in a huge boost if you have three 12-month codes to redeem.
If you purchase smaller increments, the free month with recurring billing is a gift voucher you can use to reach the cap. Microsoft Rewards members can also check if they can redeem points for periods of Xbox Live Gold.
The annual cost for Xbox Live Gold is $59.99 / £49.99 / AU$89. At most, you’ll spend $180 / £150 / AU$267. Microsoft doesn’t sell the year’s subscriptions on its website, but you can get them elsewhere. Conveniently, we’ve got a roundup of the cheapest Xbox Live Gold deals for you.
All of this means you can potentially save even more before you get down to the real magic.
How to get cheap Xbox Game Pass
If you’ve never had an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription before, you’ll love this track. Once you’ve done all the relevant hacks to maximize pre-flaw savings, go ahead and redeem your codes. Then go to the Xbox Live Gold upgrade page.
If you are a beginner, you can upgrade for the low price of $1 / £1 / AU$1. This applies to the duration of your entire membership. It’s a 1:1 conversion for less than the price of… well, a lot of it actually, because that saving sucks.
If you’ve already enjoyed the benefits of an Xbox Game Pass subscription, you can still upgrade to all three years of your Xbox Live Gold. It will just cost you the monthly rate as a one-time cost instead. To upgrade to all three years of Xbox Live Gold, it’s just a one-time payment of $14.99 / £10.99 / AU$15.95.
Under normal circumstances, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is a monthly, rolling subscription and one year costs $180 / £132 / AU$192. To remember, three years Xbox Live Gold is $180 / £150 / AU$267.
This little trick is a godsend for your wallet. Who knows, you might even be able to go back to buying avocados on toast. Sky is the limit.