Updated on April 4th, 2023
A Budget-friendly Xbox Subscription Plan Might Be On the Way
Microsoft might be planning to launch a budget friendly Xbox subscription plan for its users. A social media post has revealed that the tech giant could be exploring a cheaper tier of Xbox Game Pass. A ResetEra thread spilled the details of a recent survey that was sent out to some Xbox users, asking their take on an additional tier of Xbox Game Pass.
The survey asked Xbox users their feeling on a new addition of tiers to the current Xbox game pass. According to the post, the new tier would cost approximately $3 per month and will provide users with a library of all Xbox first-party games along with multiplayer access. New Xbox games will only start rolling on this tier after six months of the release of the game.
Why only $3 per month for an Xbox subscription you ask? This is because you will be watching an ad before playing the game of your choice. This is still a significant cut considering the current Xbox Game Pass is at $10 per month. Xbox subscribers will get almost all the benefits they already had for a fraction of the price at the cost of watching an ad at the beginning of the game.
A Patent to Shed Some Light
A new Microsoft patent for "providing personalized content for unintrusive online gaming experience" throws light on the fact that the US tech giant actually wants to bring personalized content in the form iof ads to its users. A few examples that is given in the patent include billboards in a driving game or the ad board that lines a soccer field. If you are playing NFS the ad could be placed on a billboard on the thruway or will appear on the game's clothing. How you would get ads placed into something like Dying Light is unclear.
"A method for providing content to a user during gameplay includes determining that the user is interacting with a game provided by an online streaming provider and identifying a time frame within the game during which the user's interaction with the game are predicted to be below a threshold interaction count," said Microsoft in the patent.
"The method includes identifying a location within the game environment for overlaying content during the time frame and identifying content for displaying to the user. The content is to be displayed via an overlay video stream distinct from a gameplay stream. In real-time of the user's gameplay, the overlay video stream is sent to be displayed to the user concurrently with the gameplay stream to provide the content for the user at the identified location during at least a portion of the time frame," added the patent.
Whether Microsoft's budget friendly Xbox subscription plan will be given away at $3 is still questionable. If Xbox game pass subscriber switch to the new plan Microsoft might be in a for a large dip in Xbox revenue.
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