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#31 io   ... Super Moderators   24873 Posts   Joined 16.5 Years Ago  

Posted 23 November 2020 - 07:53 AM

It's the same promo as turning a year of EA Play into 4 months, only during the eve of that whole conversion process for existing accounts the code redemption themselves were adding an entire year of GPU instead of the four months. Many of us that had sat on adding any time were able to add two years of GPU for basically $2/mo. It was a steal.

Does the initial conversion of EA Play turn into a full year, though, or is it done at the lesser rate?  Just wondering for my son's account that isn't GPU yet.  If so obviously I'd go that way.  If not, I can get 3 years of Gold from Costco for $150 which prices out to $4.17 a month for GPU.  Still pretty good.

 

This FAQ makes me think even the initial conversion (now at least) is done at the lesser rate:

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EA Play members who join Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will have their EA Play subscription on Xbox automatically canceled, and any remaining time will be rounded up and converted to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate based on the following table:

EA Play months remaining -> Approximate Ultimate time given

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12 months -> 4 months
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(I had to delete most of the table as it didn't copy into the post well)


#32 Jodou   Infamous CAGiversary!   15691 Posts   Joined 12.6 Years Ago  

Posted 23 November 2020 - 08:00 AM

 

Does the initial conversion of EA Play turn into a full year, though, or is it done at the lesser rate?  Just wondering for my son's account that isn't GPU yet.  If so obviously I'd go that way.  If not, I can get 3 years of Gold from Costco for $150 which prices out to $4.17 a month for GPU.  Still pretty good.

 

This FAQ makes me think even the initial conversion (now at least) is done at the lesser rate:

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EA Play members who join Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will have their EA Play subscription on Xbox automatically canceled, and any remaining time will be rounded up and converted to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate based on the following table:

EA Play months remaining -> Approximate Ultimate time given

...

12 months -> 4 months
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(I had to delete most of the table as it didn't copy into the post well)

 

Nope, just 4 months as advertised is the best you'll get from a year.



#33 The Ebbtide   Hi. CAGiversary!   1766 Posts   Joined 11.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 23 November 2020 - 08:29 AM

OK Xbox Game Pass Ultimate pros.  I want to get my son set up with 3 years for as cheap as possible.

Since your son still has that $1 offer, you'd probably be best to do the Cost Co 2 year offer, along with a ~$60 Gold Subscription card.  Right now 3-Months at around $20-25 or more depending on tax makes a year of Game Pass higher than $60 for a year of Gold to Game Pass swap.  The same is true with EA Pass' changing to 4 months of Game Pass.  So your Cost Co option is keeping you under $180 for 3 years, which these sales likely aren't beating.

 

But, considering how aggressive Microsoft is being with the start of this generation, and that the holiday spending is just beginning, you might be better to wait and see how things progress in December.  Maybe they'll have more sales on Game Pass as Christmas gets closer.  Microsoft really seem to be pushing the value of that, and it seems like in prior years Black Friday sales were either repeated or even better with select retailers as the weeks moved in December.

 

And with how this year has been, it seems like some of these retailers absolutely will be fighting for revenue and need to have competitive pricing to grab consumers.  

 

Basically, for your son nothing is beating the Gold to Game Pass conversion.  Unless in December some serious offers come to the 6-Month or Year subscriptions to Game Pass, I don't think a first timer can beat the $1 conversion (especially for 3 years).  But if you're doing this as a Christmas gift, it wouldn't hurt to wait and see if anything comes along that somehow (unlikely) beats your Gold to Game Pass option.

 

Also, your son might get that 1 month extension when redeeming a Gold card, which would cause a problem for trying to load 3 years before switching it to Game Pass.  He might need to wait a month with Gold active before adding the remaining code (either the 1 year or 2 year left over code) and then redeeming the $1 offer..



#34 emg28   esteeohpee CAGiversary!   3152 Posts   Joined 13.9 Years Ago  

Posted 23 November 2020 - 09:15 AM

I remember someone in the XBL thread posted that they were able to do the $1 GPU conversion a 2nd time after their GPU lapsed. This was a couple months ago but I’m hoping it still works. My GPU sub ends in 8 days and I have 2 years of gold from MS Rewards waiting to be converted.

#35 walletandgromice   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1476 Posts   Joined 14.6 Years Ago  

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Posted 23 November 2020 - 01:07 PM

It's the same promo as turning a year of EA Play into 4 months, only during the eve of that whole conversion process for existing accounts the code redemption themselves were adding an entire year of GPU instead of the four months. Many of us that had sat on adding any time were able to add two years of GPU for basically $2/mo. It was a steal.


Thank you for posting this! The night of the switch over I kept trying to buy a year of EA but it wouldn't add to my account and kept refunding me. I was trying to top up and had like 2 years and 2 months at the time. *This* is why it wouldn't process. It *was* trying to add a year.

#36 impostor71   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   199 Posts   Joined 11.8 Years Ago  

Posted 23 November 2020 - 05:26 PM

3 months is $22.99 at best buy

Thank you for it.  I picked up 1 digital and 1 physical.  Great deal!!



#37 Gideon68   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   3087 Posts   Joined 17.1 Years Ago  

Posted 23 November 2020 - 06:14 PM

I remember someone in the XBL thread posted that they were able to do the $1 GPU conversion a 2nd time after their GPU lapsed. This was a couple months ago but I’m hoping it still works. My GPU sub ends in 8 days and I have 2 years of gold from MS Rewards waiting to be converted.

Please keep us posted.



#38 ooga   Mmm Zombie Chickens! CAGiversary!   2669 Posts   Joined 16.3 Years Ago  

Posted 23 November 2020 - 08:42 PM

Please keep us posted.

When I attempted to apply the 3 month GPU code, it stated that any balance I have for Gold or EA will be converted 1:1. I canceled out of it and didn't actually redeem since there is the potential to add that type of time prior to GPU. I am also waiting for someone to detail the best method to do this.



#39 DT778   number 1 on the westside CAGiversary!   10559 Posts   Joined 17.6 Years Ago  

Posted 23 November 2020 - 11:11 PM

Earlier this year (June-ish?) I helped my brother do the GPU conversion a second time. He let GPU expire, got a couple of years of Xbox live gold, then did the conversion to GPU for $14.99. Got the full 2 years.

#40 scraggly   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   190 Posts   Joined 12.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 23 November 2020 - 11:49 PM

Earlier this year (June-ish?) I helped my brother do the GPU conversion a second time. He let GPU expire, got a couple of years of Xbox live gold, then did the conversion to GPU for $14.99. Got the full 2 years.

Sounds like he pulled a Homer!



#41 io   ... Super Moderators   24873 Posts   Joined 16.5 Years Ago  

Posted 23 November 2020 - 11:54 PM


Also, your son might get that 1 month extension when redeeming a Gold card, which would cause a problem for trying to load 3 years before switching it to Game Pass.  He might need to wait a month with Gold active before adding the remaining code (either the 1 year or 2 year left over code) and then redeeming the $1 offer..

The idea is to get him the XBox One in a few days and have him playing Game Pass games over the break - so don't want to wait.

 

I sure hope the free month doesn't hose him up.  I was hoping it would just cap at 3 years and not cause problems - just lose the free month.  Maybe I just do 2 years and get some of the $22.99 3-month cards.
 

- $96 for 2 years plus 1 free month.

- Add $22.99 GPU 3 month card, get free month.  Then he's at 2 years 5 months

- Add second $22.99 GPU and hopefully get another free month.

 

Then he's at 2 years 9 months for $142.  Or I just try for the 3 full years (at $150) and see what happens.



#42 KrayzieKMF   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   4135 Posts   Joined 17.1 Years Ago  

Posted 24 November 2020 - 12:21 AM

The idea is to get him the XBox One in a few days and have him playing Game Pass games over the break - so don't want to wait.

 

I sure hope the free month doesn't hose him up.  I was hoping it would just cap at 3 years and not cause problems - just lose the free month.  Maybe I just do 2 years and get some of the $22.99 3-month cards.
 

- $96 for 2 years plus 1 free month.

- Add $22.99 GPU 3 month card, get free month.  Then he's at 2 years 5 months

- Add second $22.99 GPU and hopefully get another free month.

 

Then he's at 2 years 9 months for $142.  Or I just try for the 3 full years (at $150) and see what happens.

Do you already have game pass? You can share xbox live / game pass just like game sharing.



#43 io   ... Super Moderators   24873 Posts   Joined 16.5 Years Ago  

Posted 24 November 2020 - 01:20 AM

Do you already have game pass? You can share xbox live / game pass just like game sharing.

I do but, but I already share with my son at home.  This other one is out of the house so I just want to get him started on his own membership.  From what I gather sharing with him remote would be a pain.  He'd have to log into my account all the time, right?

 

The Xbox my younger son uses upstairs is my "home" box so he doesn't have to do that.  Then I use my Series X but with my profile so no problem.  Second son would have neither advantage.



#44 KrayzieKMF   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   4135 Posts   Joined 17.1 Years Ago  

Posted 24 November 2020 - 01:33 AM

I do but, but I already share with my son at home.  This other one is out of the house so I just want to get him started on his own membership.  From what I gather sharing with him remote would be a pain.  He'd have to log into my account all the time, right?

 

The Xbox my younger son uses upstairs is my "home" box so he doesn't have to do that.  Then I use my Series X but with my profile so no problem.  Second son would have neither advantage.

 

No, it just depends on who you want to share with. The only drawback is if your internet goes out, you can't play your digital games on your non home console. Basically your home console is the one that you don't use. They don't need to login as you to have access to xbox live and all your games.



#45 io   ... Super Moderators   24873 Posts   Joined 16.5 Years Ago  

Posted 24 November 2020 - 01:39 AM

No, it just depends on who you want to share with. The only drawback is if your internet goes out, you can't play your digital games on your non home console. Basically your home console is the one that you don't use. They don't need to login as you to have access to xbox live and all your games.

Hmmm.... Well that would save me $150.  I'll have to look into it. I thought you had to log into the profile of the sharing account on each system that was gamesharing.

 

Edit: just read up, and it seems like to game share with a friend you have to use each other's Xbox's as your home box.  Since I'm letting my younger son use my "home" box I don't see how I can get the other one in on it.



#46 KrayzieKMF   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   4135 Posts   Joined 17.1 Years Ago  

Posted 24 November 2020 - 01:52 AM

Hmmm.... Well that would save me $150.  I'll have to look into it. I thought you had to log into the profile of the sharing account on each system that was gamesharing.

 

Edit: just read up, and it seems like to game share with a friend you have to use each other's Xbox's as your home box.  Since I'm letting my younger son use my "home" box I don't see how I can get the other one in on it.

Yeah, you can only pick one xbox as your home xbox. The home xbox however doesn't need to login as you to use your stuff. If your younger son is currently logging in as you to play, you can just set your other son's xbox as home.



#47 io   ... Super Moderators   24873 Posts   Joined 16.5 Years Ago  

Posted 24 November 2020 - 01:57 AM

Yeah, you can only pick one xbox as your home xbox. The home xbox however doesn't need to login as you to use your stuff. If your younger son is currently logging in as you to play, you can just set your other son's xbox as home.

Ah, no, the younger one has his own Xbox Live account, so I do need to share with him as I currently have it set up.  I'll just get my older son his own GPU membership.  He's a sophomore in college so if I get him 3 years that will bridge him till he's on his own and then he can deal with it all himself going forward from there ;).



#48 62t   Zune Duck! CAGiversary!   20341 Posts   Joined 16.8 Years Ago  

Posted 24 November 2020 - 02:59 AM

Is there a limit on the number of times you can do the $1 upgrade?  I have a bunch of 1 month XBL code



#49 soonerdoc   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   891 Posts   Joined 17.6 Years Ago  

Posted 24 November 2020 - 06:01 AM

The idea is to get him the XBox One in a few days and have him playing Game Pass games over the break - so don't want to wait.

 

I sure hope the free month doesn't hose him up.  I was hoping it would just cap at 3 years and not cause problems - just lose the free month.  Maybe I just do 2 years and get some of the $22.99 3-month cards.
 

- $96 for 2 years plus 1 free month.

- Add $22.99 GPU 3 month card, get free month.  Then he's at 2 years 5 months

- Add second $22.99 GPU and hopefully get another free month.

 

Then he's at 2 years 9 months for $142.  Or I just try for the 3 full years (at $150) and see what happens.

 

Redeemed two codes yesterday. Each got a free month. So the 3 month codes are actually 4 month codes. 
 

2 codes last night extended me 8 months. 



#50 DT778   number 1 on the westside CAGiversary!   10559 Posts   Joined 17.6 Years Ago  

Posted 24 November 2020 - 06:53 AM

Sounds like he pulled a Homer!

Haha

#51 io   ... Super Moderators   24873 Posts   Joined 16.5 Years Ago  

Posted 24 November 2020 - 07:28 AM

Dammit just went to Costco.com to order my son the $95 2-year Gold code and my order got cancelled saying "Quantity limits on item exceeded". I only every ordered one before and it says Limit 3 on the product page.  WTF!?



#52 heavy liquid   tastes like burning CAGiversary!   818 Posts   Joined 17.4 Years Ago  

heavy liquid

Posted 24 November 2020 - 11:16 AM

Oof, so I miscalculated and now have a few 3 month Ultimate cards that I can't enter yet, because I'm at my 3 year max limit.

 

Am I okay keeping the cards and entering them later when I can top it off? The codes won't expire or anything?



#53 The Ebbtide   Hi. CAGiversary!   1766 Posts   Joined 11.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 24 November 2020 - 11:28 AM

Oof, so I miscalculated and now have a few 3 month Ultimate cards that I can't enter yet, because I'm at my 3 year max limit.

 

Am I okay keeping the cards and entering them later when I can top it off? The codes won't expire or anything?

You should be okay.  



#54 heavy liquid   tastes like burning CAGiversary!   818 Posts   Joined 17.4 Years Ago  

heavy liquid

Posted 24 November 2020 - 12:28 PM

You should be okay.  

 

Okay, thanks. Was just worried about keeping the codes around for over a year before using them.



#55 The Orange Alert  

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Posted 24 November 2020 - 03:23 PM

Hey so I’m new to this conversion trick, could someone help me out? I read through the thread and want to verify I understand.

I currently just pay $10/month for regular GamePass and don’t have Gold (single player games have my heart). I have the offer to upgrade for $1 on my dashboard to Ultimate. When I go through the prompts, it says “Joining XGPU will upgrade your remaining XBL, Xbox Game Pass, or EA Play memberships into XGPU at the current conversion ratio, up to 36 months.”

So if I buy three years of XBL, add it to my account, and do this deal, I’d get 3 years of XGPU for.. $36? $1/month? Seems too good to be true, which is why I’m asking for clarification.

#56 husher   Yet what is any ocean but a multitude of drops? CAGiversary!   2733 Posts   Joined 14.2 Years Ago  

Posted 24 November 2020 - 03:50 PM

Hey so I’m new to this conversion trick, could someone help me out? I read through the thread and want to verify I understand.

So if I buy three years of XBL, add it to my account, and do this deal, I’d get 3 years of XGPU for.. $36? $1/month? Seems too good to be true, which is why I’m asking for clarification.

Let's assume you have nothing to start.  You buy 12 months gold for $60 and activate it.  You see the offer on the xbox for $1.  You pay $1 once, and your 12 gold months get converted to 12 months of Ultimate.  $61 for a year of Ultimate.

 

You can only convert once I believe, and you can't have more than 3 years of Ultimate.  

 

When I converted, I had a year of gold and a year of gamepass already which converted to 2 years of Ultimate.  My son only had a couple of months of gold left with no gamepass, so we went out and bought 2 years of gold, added it to his account and then converted for a $1.  He had 2 yrs.+ of Ultimate as a result.



#57 Bubbakja   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   306 Posts   Joined 14.4 Years Ago  

Posted 24 November 2020 - 04:28 PM

Has anyone converted a child from their family account with ultimate game pass on it to their own account by removing them and then done the conversion ? I have my kids on my account now but we are getting a third Xbox for Xmas and I’ll need a second gamepass account. So was going to setup my oldest as an independent account.

#58 WNYX585AM   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   3851 Posts   Joined 9.3 Years Ago  

Posted 24 November 2020 - 04:39 PM

Has anyone converted a child from their family account with ultimate game pass on it to their own account by removing them and then done the conversion ? I have my kids on my account now but we are getting a third Xbox for Xmas and I’ll need a second gamepass account. So was going to setup my oldest as an independent account.

I'm pretty shocked that you still have a family account.  I thought they did away with Gold family accounts years ago.  Maybe I don't understand your phrasing.  If you just have kids' Microsoft accounts that are supervised under your adult Microsoft account (called family members) for game restrictions, etc., you don't need to remove them from that for the conversion or anything else.  I have kids accounts under mine and I'm able to do anything with them that a normal account can do.  I did the $1 gamepass conversion awhile ago for multiple kids accounts.  I assume it still works the same.



#59 garrettg   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   29 Posts   Joined 17.3 Years Ago  

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Posted 24 November 2020 - 06:05 PM

Nah, they don't do take-backs so the method is to turn it off, add time and turn back on for the extra month ad naseum. Seems to only work for newer subs because I could never replicate that deal anymore on my account through various attempts while adding time nowadays. I'm solid for 3 years though thanks to the EA Play glitch that was fixed.

please confirm that i undersand this correctly:

   if i turn off auto-renew, add a 3 month code, then turn auto-renew back on, i will get the bonus 4th month? ... then can i turn it back off immediately? 

thanks,

garrett



#60 Gideon68   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   3087 Posts   Joined 17.1 Years Ago  

Posted 24 November 2020 - 08:23 PM

Yes, turn it off first. When you redeem, the system should ask you if you want to turn it on and get another month for free and then turn it off again.

 

FYI - When I redeemed a code a year ago, I got the option for auto pay which I turned on and got another month. I turned it off and redeemed another code  right after but it didn't give the option for another free month so you may want to wait a day or so to redeem a second if you have it.