Microsoft's Xbox All Access subscription leases you a console, games, and a path to Project Scarlett

You'll need to commit to Microsoft's Xbox platform for about two years.

Credit: Microsoft

On Monday, Microsoft launched Xbox All Access, a monthly subscription that will provide gamers access to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and even an upgrade path to Project Scarlett, the next-gen Xbox due in holiday 2020.

The  price of Microsoft’s new Xbox All Access program depends on which console you choose. Prices range from $19.99 per month for 24 months ($479.76) for a an all-digital Xbox One S to $30.99 per month for 24 months ($743.76) for an Xbox One X. Each subscription comes with 24 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which allows users access to a library of free games both on the Xbox and on the PC. A controller is included.

xox one all access Microsoft

Microsoft’s Xbox All Access plans.

Xbox All Access goes live on Nov. 18, via Amazon in the United States.  There is no up-front cost, Microsoft said.

Each program also comes with a bonus: the option to trade in the Xbox that comes with the lease for the new Project Scarlett, the next-generation Xbox due in holiday 2020. Normally, all of the plans require 18 months of payments before the console can be exchanged—in other words, summer 2021 if you act now. For a limited time, however, Microsoft is saying that the Xbox One X option can be swapped out after just 12 months.

Because you will need to swap out the existing Xbox console for Scarlett, that will pose a small inconvenience to U.S. customers: You’ll need to hold on to the original Xbox packaging and ship it back to Amazon, via a special package that you’ll be sent. You’ll also need to send back the console, controller, and power cord in good condition.

There’s another small catch: You won’t be able to pay for Microsoft Xbox All Access with a credit card. Instead, Citizens Bank will provide credit financing, and you’ll need to go through the application process with the Citizens One service, Microsoft said.

Essentially, Xbox All Access is Microsoft’s attempt to lock customers into the Xbox game platform (which officially, now straddles the PC and Xbox console) for about two years. It’s a bet that you’ll believe strongly enough in its upcoming games library to buy in, now and in the future. 

Join the newsletter!


Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Mark Hachman

Mark Hachman

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Bang and Olufsen Beosound Stage - Dolby Atmos Soundbar

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

ASUS ROG, ACRONYM partner for Special Edition Zephyrus G14

Learn more >

Sony WF-1000XM3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Nakamichi Delta 100 3-Way Hi Fi Speaker System

Learn more >

Family Friendly

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit for Nintendo Switch

Learn more >

Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean 9000 Toothbrush

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

SunnyBunny Snowflakes 20 LED Solar Powered Fairy String

Learn more >

Teac 7 inch Swivel Screen Portable DVD Player

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers


This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang


It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries


As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr


The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?