Can't buy an Xbox Series X? You can get this Game Pass deal for $1 now

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If you thought not being able to get an Xbox Series X at launch had locked you out of next-gen gaming this Christmas, think again. Xbox has decided to offer three months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $1 at the Microsoft Store (opens in new tab) for a limited time.

If you're lucky enough to have gotten your hands on an Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S, this would make for a great subsequent purchase. However, because the Ultimate tier lets you play your games on a PC or even a mobile device via xCloud, it means that if you don't have a new Xbox, or even an older Xbox One, you can still benefit from this deal.

By paying your dollar on this offer, you get three months of Game Pass Ultimate, saving a considerable $44 off the normal subscription price of $15 per month. The main selling point of Game Pass is its 100+ downloadable games, with the roster being regularly updated. You also get Day One access to big Xbox exclusive releases, such as Halo Infinite, as well as the next installments of Gears of War, Forza and more.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate - three months for $1 at Microsoft Store (opens in new tab)

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate - three months for $1 at Microsoft Store (opens in new tab)
This heavily discounted membership lets you access an extensive Xbox game library from an Xbox, PC or xCloud-compatible device. it also offers other cool benefits, like online multiplayer and a rotating game selection each month.

Game Pass Ultimate also includes all the benefits of an Xbox Live Gold subscription, which gives you access to online multiplayer, complimentary games every month and special discounts in the Xbox Store.

There are caveats to this deal. Microsoft said in the announcement post (opens in new tab) that this deal is a limited time offer starting today (December 3), which is annoyingly vague but suggests that it may be for December only. Also, you need to be a new user, as well as the owner of a Microsoft account, to actually access the offer from the Microsoft store. It'll have to be a present for yourself, rather than one you can give to the Xbox fan in your life.

Richard Priday
Staff Writer

Richard is a Tom's Guide staff writer based in London, covering news, reviews and how-tos for phones, tablets, gaming, and whatever else people need advice on. Following on from his MA in Magazine Journalism at the University of Sheffield, he's also written for WIRED U.K., The Register and Creative Bloq. When not at work, he's likely thinking about how to brew the perfect cup of specialty coffee.