So yesterday I traded it in at GameStop and got a new "Xbox One X 1 TB" for it (Shadow of the Tomb Raider code, 1 month GamePass and 14 days XBL Gold included). I had to pay €229.99 for the upgrade plus €5 for the scratches on the old XBO. I also had to trade in two used XBO games... which I bought a few minutes earlier in another store in the same mall for €9.99 and €14.99.
So in total I paid €250 for the upgrade to the Xbox One X and perhaps I can sell the included Shadow of the Tomb Raider code for €10 - €20 (already have that game on PC).
Today my GamePass Ultimate subscription (Xbox GamePass + XBL Gold + PC GamePass) ran out.
So far I had 5 months Xbox GamePass and 3 months GamePass Ultimate for a total of €4: 1 month in December 2017 for free, 1 month last October for free, 2 months for €2 beginning this February and 3 months for €1 beginning this May = 7 months Xbox GamePass for a total of €3.
The last 2 months of the 3-month-period were transformed to GamePass Ultimate by adding 1 month for €1, resulting in 3 months of GamePass Ultimate (while subtracting 2 months Xbox GamePass).
Additionally I had 4 months XBL Gold for a total of €3: 1 month in October 2017 for free, 1 month last December for €1, 2 months for €2 beginning this February.
Today that Ultimate-subscription ran out and I wanted to activate the free month Xbox GamePass and 14 days XBL Gold included with my Xbox One X... but they were only for new accounts.
So I made a secondary Xbox-account and activated both codes. The Xbox GamePass code offered me a second free month for allowing recurring payment. Then I transformed it to GamePass Ultimate by adding 2 months for €2 and instantly canceled the subscription after that... now it ends in January. Another 4 months GamePass Ultimate for a total of €4... not too bad.
And since I chose my Xbox One X for both Xbox accounts as home system, I can still use GamePass Ultimate with my main account thanks to family sharing. That family sharing doesn't seem to work on the PC side, so if I want to play GamePass PC games I have to switch accounts there... but this is only a minor inconvenience, since I want to play with my new toy for the next months anyway, even if the PC graphics are slightly better.
Calculating all costs above together I got 5 months Xbox GamePass , 4 months XBL Gold and 7 months GamePass Ultimate for a total of €9.
And if that new subscription runs out in January, my main account is probably valid again for the next GamePass Ultimate offer, since Microsoft seems to be desperate to get a high subscriber count.
Back to topic: after playing the first two acts of Gears 5 on PC with my old subscription, I will continue playing the rest of the game on Xbox One X with the same account and with the same savegames thanks to the combination of Play Anywhere, Family Sharing and GamePass for almost nothing.
Last edited by Conina - on 13 September 2019