Microsoft was at E3 2019 in a big way, and alongside the reveal of the next-gen Project Scarlett, the company launched Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. The new subscription bundles together Game Pass for PC and Xbox along with Xbox Live Gold, providing decent month-on-month savings.

If that wasn’t enough, there’s a promotion running that provides one month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for £1/$1. While that’s attractive, you should know that there’s a way to save a lot more money on Game Pass Ultimate for up to three years using the promotion. Here’s how.

What’s the difference between Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate?

Xbox Live Gold is the standard online subscription for Xbox One players, allowing them to play online with friends while also providing access to a handful of free titles on a monthly basis – these titles are provided under the banner of Games with Gold. At £6.99/$9.99 a month, it was pretty decent value, but the new Xbox Game Pass Ultimate blows it out of the water.

As revealed at E3 2019, the £10.99/$14.99 per month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate provides access to not only Xbox Live Gold, but Xbox Game Pass for Console (£7.99/$9.99 per month) and Xbox Game Pass for PC (£7.99/$9.99 per month) too, equating to savings of around £10/$15 per month if you went in on all three subscriptions separately.

To promote the launch of the service, Microsoft is currently running a promotion offering a month of Game Pass Ultimate for only £1/$1. While that’s a great deal, don’t take it just yet – there’s a way that you can use the promotion to save a lot of money on the subscription for up to three years.

In fact, by converting three years of an existing Xbox One Gold subscription to a Game Pass Ultimate subscription allows you to pay £1 for three years of the service instead of £395/$540. You might have to pay upfront now, but it’ll mean access to a vast and ever-growing library of games across PC and Xbox – even better if you game across both.

The best part? The deal has been officially endorsed by Microsoft, meaning those that have taken advantage so far - and those that are yet to - have no risk of violating Microsoft's terms of agreement. 

How to convert your Xbox Live subscription to Game Pass Ultimate

  1. Buy your Xbox Live Gold subscription if you don’t have one anyway. You can pick up digital codes from Amazon in three, six and twelve-month increments, and you can redeem up to 36 months of Xbox Live Gold at a time.
  2. Redeem your Xbox Live Gold code(s) on your account via the Microsoft website or your Xbox One console.
  3. Now you can redeem the £1/$1 Game Pass Ultimate trial.
  4. After you’ve redeemed the offer, head to the Services & Subscriptions tab of the Microsoft site. You should see Xbox Game Pass Ultimate listed, with the first payment of £10.99/$14.99 due after your old Xbox Live Gold subscription would’ve run out.