Most people have their phone on contract, they have their subscriptions services like Netflix taken from their bank accounts each month…so why not do the same for your games console?
According to a report from The Verge, Microsoft could be planning to ‘rent’ you an Xbox One X complete with Xbox Live and an Xbox Game Pass for $34.99 a month for 24 months.
An interesting idea!
It’s claimed that the service is currently going under the codename of Project Largo, and once it goes live you’ll be able to choose yourself a bundle with either an Xbox One X or an Xbox One S.
In terms of the numbers here, if you were to go for Project Largo you’d be paying $34.99 a month for 24 months, which would cost you a total of $840 over the two year period.
Right now, buying an Xbox One X costs around $500, Xbox Gold around $60 a year and a Game Pass about $120 a year, costing about $860 if you wanted the same two year period.
$20 isn’t a huge saving, but a pay-each-month instead of an all upfront option might help a lot of people who might not otherwise be able to afford such an expensive set-up.
The aim of the supposed plan is to open up the world of gaming to people who really don’t have the means to drop nearly $1k on an Xbox – hopefully generating more sales and introducing the console to new players who might not otherwise have the chance to play.
Leasing your console definitely sounds like a tempting idea, and it’s assumed to be tested out in America before it comes to the rest of the world.
What do you think about ‘renting’ your Xbox – is this something you’d be tempted by, and is this something all console companies should be looking at right now?