Best Xbox Game Pass deals: Save big on subscriptions of all lengths


$28 at CDKeys

Game Pass Ultimate, 3 months: $28

Save $23 compared to monthly plan

$32 at CDkeys

Xbox Game Pass Core, 6 months: $32

Save $28 compared to monthly plan

$41 at CDKeys

Game Pass Core, 12 months: $41

Save $79 compared to monthly plan

Getting an Xbox Game Pass subscription is one of the most cost-effective ways to stay up to date with games, provided you have a PC, Xbox or mobile phone. It offers access to a huge number of games from Xbox first party studios, indie games and giants like EA, Activision, etc.

To help you understand how the new subscriptions work and which is the best option for you, we’ve broken down the different subscription tiers below. And to help you sign up for less, we’ve also listed some deals you can take advantage of right now. We’ll continue to update this page as deals come and go, so keep coming back often for the best prices available.

Game Pass Core vs. Console vs. Ultimate

Xbox Live Gold is no more. In September 2023, Microsoft made a change to Xbox Live subscriptions, and there are a few different new subscriptions to choose from. You can check out our detailed explanation of what’s changed, but we’ve explained the key differences below so you can choose the right plan for you.

Game Pass Core

At $10 per month, Game Pass Core is the most affordable subscription available. It includes everything that was previously included in the Gold subscription, including access to online multiplayer for console gamers. However, this new subscription also includes access to a library of over 25 titles, including popular games like Halo 5: Guardians and Fallout 4 – the latter of which has received a new next-gen update in the wake of the new Amazon TV show. It also gives you access to exclusive deals and discounts. And you can sign up for a three-month subscription for $25 and save some money each month.

PC Game Pass

There’s also a version of Game Pass for PC gamers. It still costs $10 per month, but has some extra benefits, including access to a large library of hundreds of PC games and access to new games on day one. This subscription also includes an EA Play membership, which adds a few more titles to your library and offers some exclusive rewards and content for select EA games.

Game Pass consoles

If you’re a hardcore single-player gamer, there’s also a Game Pass console subscription. It doesn’t give you access to online multiplayer, but it does include a massive library of hundreds of titles, including access to exclusive games on day one. And like the Game Pass Core subscription, it also allows you to take advantage of special deals and discounts. It’s a little more expensive at $11 per month.

Game Pass Ultimate

Game Pass Ultimate is the best of all worlds and it has remained more or less untouched by change. At $17 per month, the Ultimate subscription bundles the benefits of the Core and Console memberships for $4 less than it costs to sign up for both separately. You’ll get access to the entire Game Pass library on your consoles, PC, and mobile devices, including access to select titles on day one, and you’ll also have the ability to participate in online multiplayer. You’ll also get benefits like exclusive offers and in-game content, and this includes the EA Play membership that you get with the PC subscription. Like many, our reviewer called Game Pass Ultimate “the best content deal in gaming” and it’s the best option for all gamers who don’t want to compromise.

The best subscription deals available right now

is different from Comparable subscriptions for PlayStationThere’s no official annual subscription plan available for Xbox gaming subscriptions, which makes it a little difficult to find them at a consistently good price. While deals directly from Xbox do sometimes pop up, they’re usually just for new subscribers. And since this change is still fairly new, there aren’t a lot of discounts out there yet, but you may be able to find some savings through third parties with a little digging. To help you save some money each month, we’ve rounded up some of the best (and only) offers available right now below.


If you’re looking for a Game Pass Ultimate subscription, this CDKeys deal is the best value you’ll find right now. Ultimate already bundles Game Pass Core and console memberships, saving you $4 per month, and this three-month subscription deal reduces your monthly cost to $9 per month instead of the usual $17. These codes can be purchased by existing or previous Game Pass subscribers and can be stacked, so you can extend your subscription and pay for multiple months in advance at a lower price.


If you don’t want to sign up for an annual subscription, there’s a fantastic six-month option that normally runs at $10 per month. However, thanks to this CDKeys offer, the subscription comes down to around $6 per month.


If you just want the basic Game Pass Core subscription, you can make some big savings by signing up through CDKeys. This deal gets you a 12-month subscription for just $41, which is just $4 per month compared to the $10 it normally costs. That’s a huge saving of $79.


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