It had to happen eventually. Microsoft partners with an operator to push its all-inclusive video game offer with Xbox Cloud Gaming. Bouygues Telecom is the first to do so with its new Bbox Gaming offer.
It is an offer that seems so obvious that one can be surprised that it has not been offered earlier on the French market. Bouygues Telecom announces a new package dedicated to video games and called Bbox Gaming, whose role is to bring together the know-how of the operator, and associate it with Microsoft’s Game Pass offer.
Console, fiber and subscription
These are actually two offers that Bouygues Telecom is launching on the French market: Bbox Must Gaming and Bbox Ultym Gaming. In both cases, it is a question of associating a fiber package from the operator, with a Wi-Fi 6 or Wi-Fi 6E modem with the Microsoft offer, i.e. a Xbox Series S and a subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
As a reminder, it is the latter that provides access to the firm’s Xbox Cloud Gaming service. Bouygues Telecom is not announcing here the integration of the cloud gaming service into its TV box, a small missed opportunity which may be corrected later.
In addition to the package, the new subscriber will have the choice between two options:
- 1 euro for an Xbox Series S and 3 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate;
- 159 euros for the same console and 24 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
Is this an attractive offer?
The price of the package offered with these two offers is 41.99 euros per month for the Must version, or 50.99 euros per month for the Ultym version. In both cases, this is the price excluding promotion of the two packages without the Xbox.
These two packages are respectively offered at 24.99 or 30.99 euros the first year on the site of Bouygues Telecom. Over two years and by waiving this promotion, we will therefore pay 204 euros more for the first offer, and 240 euros more for the second.
However, Microsoft’s offer includes a console for at least 200 euros (the Xbox Series S can be found at this kind of price during periods of good plans) which can already justify the gaming offer of Bouygues Telecom. You can add the 40 to 311 euros of Xbox Game Pass included and you end up with a very attractive offer from the operator.
It should also be taken into account that this is a good way to block Microsoft’s subscription prices. If the firm wants to increase the price of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you should not be concerned during the 24 months, since it is a prepaid offer.
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