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Xbox ends $1 Game Pass promo ahead of Starfield release

Microsoft has ended its latest $1 Xbox Game Pass promotion, days before the release of its much-anticipated exclusive Starfield.

As spotted by XGP, the $1 / €1 / £1 for 14 days of Game Pass promo has disappeared from the Microsoft Store this weekend, after it was reintroduced in July.

Previously, the deal was available for several months until Microsoft ended it in March, saying it was “evaluating different marketing promotions for new members in the future”.

The latest withdrawal comes days before Starfield’s early access release date on August 31 (US time zone).

The $70 standard version of Starfield, which includes the base game, will be available via Xbox Game Pass.

The Digital Premium Edition and the $300 Constellation Edition will come with the game’s first story expansion, Shattered Space, plus up to five days of early access ahead of Starfield’s September 6 release.

Xbox ends $1 Game Pass promo ahead of Starfield release

The $1 Game Pass offer’s reintroduction this summer followed Microsoft’s decision to raise Game Pass prices.

As of July 6, prices increased in most markets excluding Norway, Chile, Denmark, Switzerland and Saudi Arabia.

The monthly price of an Xbox Game Pass subscription for console rose from $9.99 to $10.99 (£7.99 to £8.99 / €9.99 to €10.99). The price of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate also increased from $14.99 per month to $16.99 (£10.99 to £12.99 / €12.99 to €14.99).

PC Game Pass pricing didn’t change, however, remaining at $9.99 / £7.99 per month.