If you've been watching Xbox rumors and announcements lately, you may know that Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass have now been officially merged into a single $ 15 a month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription ( which now also contains PC games, in good part).
What you might not notice is that you can upgrade up to three years of a current Xbox Live Gold subscription as part of a Microsoft startup to the new, more expensive, $ 1
As Microsoft describes on the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Announcement Page (emphasis added):
New members and existing Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass for Console members can join or upgrade today and receive their first month for only 1 US dollar. If you are an existing Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass member and have paid months in advance on your account, you will receive Xbox Game Pass Ultimate balance for those months during the upgrade.
Offer applies "When you join Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, your remaining Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass memberships will be upgraded to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for the same period of time, up to 36 months in total." Only when your current prepaid Subscription period expires, Microsoft charges the usual monthly fee of $ 15.
You do not have (or would like to renew) an Xbox Live Gold subscription? We've confirmed that you can purchase a digital Xbox Live Gold code to add time to your account before you use the $ 1 upgrade to Game Pass Ultimate. This effectively means that you can pay three years Game Pass Ultimate for only $ 181 in advance, compared to the monthly subscription fees, which would normally cost $ 540.
With more than 100 games to debut in early 2017, Xbox Game Pass has been expanded to include over 250 Xbox One titles and 108 PC titles that can be downloaded for free as long as you have a subscription. All upcoming first-party games from Microsoft Studios will be available on Game Pass on the day they are released, and Ultimate members will receive the upcoming Gears 5 four days prior to release. Ultimate subscribers also receive free downloads of "Games with Gold" every month as part of the included Xbox Live Gold membership.
We are not sure how long Microsoft will keep this introductory offer. So, if you are interested, do not wait.