Verizon sells video game systems, in case you didn’t know. The provider has occasionally offered the PlayStation 5 for sale on its website, and today it announced a partnership with Microsoft via which Verizon would make the Xbox Series X and Series S available through the All Access monthly finance plan. To sweeten the somewhat odd idea of purchasing an Xbox subscription from your phone carrier, Verizon is giving promotions like 50% off an Xbox Elite 2 controller beginning on July 28.
Nothing about this is odd to Verizon. The company claims that its home internet services, Fios and 5G Home, are the ideal choice for multiplayer gaming if you’ll be doing most of your gaming from the couch. Additionally, Verizon is happy to sell you on its 5G mobile internet plans and tout the lower latency and quicker speeds they offer if you want to use Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and catch the action on your phone or tablet. Verizon offers a range of extras and gamepads (including those that attach to your phone).
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Although joining forces with Microsoft is a smart move, Verizon’s press release goes a little too far when it states that “today’s announcement builds on Verizon’s promise of 5G growth and innovation across multiple platforms, including mobility, nationwide broadband, and the most well-liked consumer offerings.” I’m not sure how enrolling people in a financing programme will affect the development of 5G.
Xbox All Access is available from many different shops, and like many of them, Verizon uses Affirm to manage the regular payments, which begin at $24.99 per month for 24 months. There isn’t much of a difference here, as All Access is linked with your Verizon monthly subscription. Given that carriers continue to find ways to raise those as it is, this might be a good thing. On July 28, Xbox Series X/S consoles will be offered online as well as at “certain” Verizon retail locations.