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News hardware & software 28 October 2019, 23:53

author: Michael Kulakowski

Xbox Scarlett for Holidays 2020; Microsoft Launches Console Replacement Program

In several selected countries, Microsoft started offering an installment plan called Xbox All Access, designed for new Xbox One users, with the possibility of free hardware replacement on the next-generation console. Its terms and conditions confirm that Xbox Scarlett will debut in stores at the end of 2020.

Microsoft has once again started offering Xbox All Access outside the United States. It copies the marketing solutions well known to mobile users, allowing them to purchase a new Xbox One or Xbox One X console with a two-year Ultimate Xbox Game Pass subscription on a monthly installment basis. Although the program's offer is currently available only in a few selected countries around the world, in its regulations we will find a certain curiosity. This is the release date of Xbox Scarlett, which according to the manufacturer should take place at the end of next year, during the holiday season (November or early December). Please note that PlayStation 5 should also be available in stores at the same time.

Scarlett is the code name of the Xbox One successor.

Xbox All Access is available in three different versions. They all provide us with a two-year Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (Xbox LIVE Gold Xbox Game Pass) subscription but differ in the console model included in the set - Xbox One X, Xbox One S or Xbox One S All-Digital (Xbox without an optical drive). After signing a two-year agreement we have to pay monthly installments, which in Great Britain amount to 24.99 GBP ($30.99) - Xbox One X option, 19.99 GBP ($22.99) - Xbox One S option or 17.99 GBP ($19.99) - Xbox One S All-Digital option. After the release of Xbox Scarlett, Xbox All Access owners will have the opportunity to exchange their Xbox One for a next-gen console free of charge. In this case, there are a few restrictions. Firstly, they will have to pay their existing bills regularly (for the first 12 months for the most expensive version and 18 months for the remaining ones) and sign a new two-year contract with the operator. Those who have chosen the cheapest installment option will also be forced to pay a one-time fee of 15 GBP.

In Europe, the programme is likely to be available only in the UK, which is traditionally the continent's largest market for Microsoft consoles.

It is worth noting that the operator of the program is not Microsoft, but an external banking company. In Europe, Xbox All Access is likely to be available only in the UK. In the UK we will order it in selected store chains (Game and Smyths Toys). Customers must, of course, also be able to prove their creditworthiness.

  1. Xbox All Access official website
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