Xbox Game Pass is arguably the best deal in gaming right now, and I managed to get three years’ worth at a huge discount.
While paying $14.99 / £10.99 / AU$15.95 per month for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate might seem like a good deal, I have a trick that will really tickle your affordable taste buds. Having recently acquired an Xbox Series S for a full deal on Facebook Marketplace, I was eager to continue my frugal streak and pick up an Xbox Game Pass for as little money as possible. Proud, noble, dignified – all the exact details of my endless longing for business savings.
I hit upon a trick that’s been floating around Reddit since Game Pass first emerged, but luckily still works. We actually covered this back in May and it still works. By stacking multiple subscriptions to Xbox Live Gold and converting them into Game Pass Ultimate subscriptions using Microsoft’s official portal, I was able to gain access to the platform for three years, all for the modest amount of £65. This way.
How to Get Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Giveaway
I’ll start as all good self help guides do – with one caveat. This trick will only work if you do it now No Subscribe to Xbox Game Pass. If you are currently a member, make sure your membership is not set to auto-renew, and wait for it to run its course. When it’s done, come back and read on.
At its core, the trick involves buying a ton of Gold subscriptions, redeeming them online, before converting the entire lot into a Game Pass Ultimate subscription at a 1:1 monthly ratio. Gold subscriptions typically cost significantly less than Game Pass and Game Pass Ultimate, saving you a fair amount of money along the way.
You have a few options about how to do this. First, you need to find the cheapest way to buy a Gold subscription. Second, you need to decide how long you want to subscribe to Game Pass Ultimate, and therefore how many Gold subscriptions to purchase.
Microsoft makes things a little easier here. You can convert up to 36 months of Gold into Game Pass Ultimate. Whatever is on it will be lost in the conversion.
As far as how cheap you can get gold, CDKeys has a particularly noteworthy deal. Key selling website currently offering (opens in new tab) Three-month installment of Xbox Live Gold for $7.39 / £5.99 / AU$11.69 – a massive 70% off its normal retail price. If you want the full 36 months of Game Pass Ultimate, buy nine of those three months’ worth of codes (the arithmetically minded will know that multiplying nine by three doesn’t equal 36 – bear with me).
Once you’ve snapped them, you’ll need to redeem them on the Microsoft site. Log in to your account, go to the redemption page (opens in new tab), and plug in your code. But don’t redeem them all at once. Every time you redeem a code, you’ll be given the option to turn on automatic billing for an additional month’s worth of gold. Go ahead and do this to get four months for the price of three. Once it’s all done, go to the Xbox Live Gold section (opens in new tab) Turn off further automatic billing of your Microsoft account.
You can probably guess where this is going: Follow the same steps for each Gold Code you have. It can be a bit cumbersome – redeeming a code, turning on auto-renewal, turning off auto-renewal, and going again – but if you do this for all nine codes you can end up with 36 months of Xbox Live Gold. Your account will be tied.
Now comes the easy part. Go to Xbox Live Gold Upgrade Page (opens in new tab) And tap on that big green upgrade button. If you are completely new to the service, you will be charged a $1 / £1 / AU$1 upgrade fee to convert your All Gold subscription to Game Pass Ultimate. If you’ve subscribed at any time before, you’ll be charged a $14.99 / £10.99 / AU$15.95 fee (one month’s worth of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate).
Following the steps above, I purchased nine installments of a three-month Xbox Live Gold subscription for £53.91, and paid £10.99 to convert them to Game Pass Ultimate, for a total of £65 for three years. Ended with subscription. This is an 85% discount on the £395 you would normally pay for a three-year subscription at full price. not too shabby. If you’re in the US and follow the same steps, you’ll end up paying $81.50 for an equally ridiculous discount. Australian readers will likewise save by paying AU$121.
Three years may seem excessive, but when it only costs you $27 / £20 / AU$40 per year, it makes sense. We don’t know how long Microsoft will keep converting Gold subscriptions to Game Pass 1:1 ratios, so it’s worth hurrying while you can. Plus, Xbox Live Gold can’t always be cheap, making now an excellent time to stack up a subscription.
Finally, a word of reassurance. CDKeys is not the most recognizable website and you may be wary of handing over your payment details to it. Good on you for being so security conscious.
I had no problem using PayPal, and that’s one of the main reasons I have more consumer confidence in it than other major-sales platforms. When you shop on CDKeys, you are buying directly from the store. It is not an online marketplace that allows users to sell (and sometimes mis-sell) products to each other, as there are more unscrupulous platforms such as G2A.
How CDKz is able to offer Xbox Live codes so cheaply is it claims to source them from around the world, effectively taking advantage of regional price differences and selling at markdowns. You can weigh for yourself the ethical acceptability of that business arrangement.