Microsoft has removed the $1 / £1 Xbox Game Pass trial, just days before Starfield launches.
Earlier this year, Microsoft confirmed it would put an end to the monthly $1 Xbox Game Pass Ultimate trial offer, but after raising the price of the subscription, the $1 trial returned in 14-day form.
XGP spotted the removal of the 14-day trial from Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass sign-up page. This 14-day trial was the only trial option left after Microsoft cut the full month $1 Game Pass trial earlier in August. IGN has asked Microsoft for comment.
It means those hoping to jump into Game Pass just to play Bethesda’s space role-playing game now have to pay $9.99 / £7.99 for a month on PC, or $10.99 / £8.99 for a month on Xbox, or $16.99 / £12.99 for a month of Ultimate, if you sign up through Microsoft’s website. Check out IGN’s guide on how to avoid the Xbox Game Pass price hike if you’re looking to save money.
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While Microsoft pulled the Game Pass trial on the quiet, it’s an unsurprising move given the high-profile and commercially crucial imminent launch of Starfield. Microsoft has a lot riding on the game, which is expected to boost Game Pass subscribers significantly. By ditching the $1 trial, Microsoft is also boosting Game Pass revenue.
Starfield releases globally on Xbox Series X|S and PC on September 1. In the meantime, check out our own interview with director Todd Howard.