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Microsoft pulls $1 Xbox Game Pass trial with Starfield on the horizon

You'll need a fistful of dollars to take Bethesda's sci-fi epic for a spin.

Chris Kerr, News Editor

August 29, 2023

1 Min Read
Key artwork for Starfield featuring a litany of sci-fi characters

Microsoft has seemingly scrapped its $1 Xbox Game Pass trial with the launch of Starfield on the horizon.

As spotted by XGP (via Eurogamer), the option to claim an Xbox Game Pass trial for a one dollar (or one pound, if you're in the UK) has been removed from the Xbox Game Pass sign-up webpage.

The news comes after Microsoft slashed the duration of that $1 trial from one-month to two-weeks at the beginning of August.

The timing has also raised eyebrows given it's only a matter of days until Starfield launches on September 6, 2023.

Starfield on Game Pass

Bethesda's sprawling sci-fi RPG has become one of the most anticipated first-party titles in Microsoft's recent history, and will be made available to Xbox Game Pass subscribers at launch for no extra cost.

For what it's worth, this isn't the first time the $1 offer has been pulled, with Microsoft temporarily scrapping the $1 trial in March before Redfall made its debut in May. The Xbox maker eventually relaunched the subscription in July and explained it had been "evaluating different marketing promotions."

Anybody looking to take Game Pass (and perhaps Starfield) for a spin next week will now need to choose between the Ultimate ($14.99 per month), Console ($9.99 per month), and PC ($9.99 per month) Xbox Game Pass tiers.

Game Developer has reached out to Microsoft for comment on the situation.

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Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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