Spark NZ teams up with Microsoft to launch Xbox’s All Access programme

In a scheme that has already been launched in Australia, Britain and the US, New Zealand telco Spark has joined forces with Microsoft in launching Microsoft’s Xbox All Access programme in New Zealand, which lets gamers pay for an Xbox gaming console and its Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription service in monthly payments. 

Launching today (May 7), Spark tells me both new and existing Spark customers can join the Xbox All Access programme as part of eligible Pay Monthly mobile or broadband plans. Gamers can choose either an Xbox One S or Xbox One X console and get 24 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for only $32 or $39 per month over a 24-month period.

Sure, the console isn’t Xbox’s upcoming Xbox Series X console but this seems a really good way for people on the fence about getting a current generation.

I don’t need to tell you how good Xbox’s Game Pass service is – I have it for my PC and its very good – and with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, customers get all the benefits of Xbox Live Gold, including online multiplayer, as well as access to games on console and PC. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate even includes Xbox Game Studios titles the same day as their global release, so members can immediately jump into the latest from franchises like Halo, Gears of War and Minecraft, including the highly anticipated upcoming Minecraft Dungeons, available for members on May 26.

Spark says Xbox All Access provides everything you need to start gaming right out of the box and is an affordable way to join the Xbox family and community of gamers around the world.

Matt Bain, Spark’s Marketing Director, says Spark is excited to join forces with Xbox to bring Xbox All Access to customers in New Zealand. “I believe gaming has huge potential as a digital subscription service – we’ve already seen this transformation with movies and music. We’re excited to bring Microsoft’s industry-leading Xbox Game Pass membership to more gamers in New Zealand with Xbox All Access,” Bain said.

“One of the exciting things about this digital evolution is that it enables greater access and choice for households and that’s definitely true for Xbox All Access. It’s ideal for players who want flexibility in their purchasing options, offering great value and an awesome gaming experience with Spark.”

Jeremy Hinton from Microsoft says the company is thrilled to be working with Spark to bring Xbox All Access to New Zealanders, following success in Australia, US and the UK.

“With Xbox All Access we are bringing more choice than ever before to New Zealand. Our partnership with Spark will offer an affordable and convenient way for new and existing Xbox fans to jump into gaming.”

You can find more about Spark’s Xbox All Access programme here: www.spark.co.nz/getmore/xbox

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