Xbox Game Pass is arguably the best deal on gaming right now, and I got three years at a huge discount.
While paying $14.99 / £10.99 / AU$15.95 a month for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate might seem like a good deal, I have a trick that will really tickle your budget palate. After recently purchasing an Xbox Series S for an absolute bargain on Facebook Marketplace, I was eager to continue my frugal series and grab Xbox Game Pass for as little money as possible. Proud, noble, dignified – all accurate descriptions of my never-ending desire for commercial savings.
I found a trick that has been floating around on Reddit since the emergence of Game Pass, but luckily it still works. We actually covered this in May and it still works. By stacking up several Xbox Live Gold subscriptions and converting them into Game Pass Ultimate subscriptions using Microsoft’s official portal, I got myself three years of access to the platform, all for the modest sum of £65. Here’s how.
How to Get Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Cheap
I’ll start like all good self-help guides do – with one caveat. This trick will only work if you currently no have an Xbox Game Pass membership. If you are currently a member, make sure your subscription is not set to auto-renew and wait for it to end. When that’s done, come back and read on.
At its core, the trick involves buying a ton of Gold memberships, redeeming them online, before converting the entire batch into Game Pass Ultimate memberships at a 1:1 monthly ratio. Gold memberships often cost substantially less than Game Pass. Pass and Game Pas Ultimate, saving you a good amount of money along the way.
You have a few options on exactly how to do this. First, you need to find the cheapest way to buy Gold subscriptions. Secondly, you need to decide how long you want to sign up for Game Pass Ultimate and therefore how many Gold subscriptions to buy.
Microsoft makes things a little easier here. You can convert a maximum of 36 months of Gold into Game Pass Ultimate. Anything above that will be lost on conversion.
As for how you can buy super cheap gold, CDKeys has a particularly remarkable deal. The key sales website is currently offering (opens in new tab) Xbox Live Gold three-month installments for $7.39 / £5.99 / AU$11.69 – a hefty 70% off its regular retail price. If you want the full 36 months of Game Pass Ultimate, buy nine of these three month codes (arithmeticians will know that nine multiplied by three doesn’t equal 36 – bear with me).
Once you’ve grabbed them, you’ll need to redeem them on the Microsoft website. Log into your account, go to the redemption page (opens in new tab), and enter your codes. But don’t rescue them all at once. Each time you redeem a code, you will have the option to activate automatic billing for an extra month of Gold. Go ahead and do this to get four months for the price of three. When everything is ready, go to the Xbox Live Gold section (opens in new tab) your Microsoft account and turn off automatic billing.
You can probably guess where this is going: follow the same steps for every Gold code you have. It can be a little tricky – redeem a code, turn on auto-renew, turn off auto-renew, and go on – but if you do this for all nine codes, you’ll end up with 36 months of Xbox Live Gold tied to your account.
Now comes the easy part. go to the Xbox Live Gold Update Page (opens in new tab) and tap that big green update button. If you are brand new to the service, you will be charged an upgrade fee of $1 / £1 / AU$1 to convert your entire Gold membership to Game Pass Ultimate. If you have signed up at any time previously, however, you will be charged a fee of $14.99 / £10.99 / AU$15.95 (the price of one month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate).
Following the steps above, I purchased nine installments of Xbox Live Gold three-month subscriptions for £53.91 and paid £10.99 to convert them to Game Pass Ultimate, ending with a three-year subscription for a total of £65 That’s an 85% discount on the £395 you’d normally pay for a three-year subscription at full price. Not very poor. 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 save in the same way, paying AU$121.
Three years might seem excessive, but when it’s only $27 / £20 / AU$40 a year, it makes sense. We have no idea how long Microsoft will continue to convert Gold subscriptions to Game Pass at a 1:1 ratio, so it’s worth jumping in early while you can. Also, Xbox Live Gold can’t always be had for so cheap, making it an excellent time to stack subscriptions now.
Finally, a safe word. CDKeys is not the most recognizable website and you can be careful when providing your payment details. Good for you for being so security conscious.
I haven’t had any problems using Paypal, and there’s a main reason to put more consumer trust in it than other key vending platforms. When you make a purchase at CDKeys, you are shopping directly at the store. It is not an online marketplace that allows users to sell (and sometimes missell) products to each other, as are more unscrupulous platforms like G2A.
As for how CDKeys is able to offer Xbox Live codes so cheap, says to source them from around the world, effectively taking advantage of regional price differences and sales to sell at a discount. You can assess the moral permissibility of this business arrangement for yourself.