Xbox Live Gold Conversion to Game Pass Ultimate - Guide

Posted 24th Jan 2021
Get all the benefits of Xbox Live Gold, over 100 high-quality games for console, PC and Android mobile devices from the cloud (Beta), and an EA Play membership, all for one low monthly price. For a limited time, get your first 3 months of Ultimate for £1.

Star Date #1490 - Captains log: still editing

I see so many questions about this topic that I think it deserves a post of its own. Maybe someone else can tackle the "does this tv have hdmi 2.1 and 120Hz" questions :P

I didn't write any of this, it's just information taken from two official sources and then the guide from reddit (which linked to a third official source).

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Offer (link)
Get all the benefits of Xbox Live Gold, over 100 high-quality games for console, PC and Android mobile devices from the cloud (Beta), and an EA Play membership, all for one low monthly price. For a limited time, get your first 3 months of Ultimate for £1.*

*Sign in for your available offers. Offers are for a limited time and may not be valid for all members. Not valid in Russia; other geographic restrictions may apply. After promotional period, subscription continues to be charged at the then-current regular price (subject to change), unless cancelled. Plus applicable taxes.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate: Fine Print (link)
Use your active Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership to play games on Xbox One and Xbox Series consoles, and Windows 10 PC (excludes Windows 10 in S mode and on ARM devices), and stream selected games (where available) to your supported devices. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate includes Xbox Game Pass for Console, Xbox Game Pass for PC, Xbox Live Gold and additional benefits.

Note: Purchase of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate automatically upgrades your existing Xbox Live Gold and/or Xbox Game Pass (for PC or Console) membership(s) to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate at a conversion ratio each based on days remaining.Learn how this works at…ass.

Future code redemptions are also subject to a conversion ratio. Conversion ratio subject to change. All conversions to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate are final: Once converted, you cannot re-convert your Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership back to a previous membership. Other existing subscriptions may also be subject to conversion.

Maximum 36 months of redeemed Xbox Game Pass Ultimate per account at a time, including any converted time from Xbox Live Gold and/or Xbox Game Pass (for PC or Console). Game titles, number, features and availability vary over time, by region and platform. Learn more at…ons.

From the Xbox Community Forums
Post: Xbox Live Gold Converting to Ultimate Game Pass

As long as you have a Ultimate Game Pass subscription, it will convert any new time. I would wait until your Ultimate has ended and then start a new Gold membership, otherwise you will only end up with 5 months of Ultimate.

After you join the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate plan, you can continue to redeem Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass codes. These codes will automatically convert to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate at a ratio based on the ERP (Estimated Retail Price) of those codes.

The link above contains the conversion table pictured below:


Everything below and until the end I’ve pasted verbatim from the reddit post. Though I did add emphasis to the Important note regarding going over 36 months.

Guide to getting cheapest Game Pass Ultimate (link
- reddit

Update: as of 06/01/2021 /u/d1monster has confirmed that it works

as of 11/15/2020 it is STILL WORKING. /u/dpl0015 just confirmed it. So anyone saying that it does not, or if anyone wondering if it is working, the answer is YES IT IS WORKING. (Btw it is his 2nd time getting 3 years on same account according to him)

edit: thanks to those who awarded me it is the first time i get awarded for anything :P Thank you I have personally seen a lot of threads and about 90% of the threads are simply the question or at least a variation of "How can I get cheapest Xbox Game Pass Ultimate?" So I wanted tho create this post hoping that it will be pinned so other people can get the answer without searching.

So cheapest way to get Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is;

1. Get prepaid Xbox Live Gold. You can get up to 36 months of prepaid Xbox Live Gold (from now on Gold). Easiest way is online resellers or websites
2. Get paid Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (from now on Game Pass). It has to be paid. 14 days free trials did not work for me, but 1 eur/try/usd/pezos/rubles/yen did work.
3. Any amount of Gold you have will be converted to Game Pass by 1:1 ratio. (website says it may be changed later, but at the time of this thread, it is not changed since release)

Note: You can repeat this as much as you want. You don't have to get 36 months of Gold just to do it. But to guarantee it, it is suggested to do it once and for all.

Important note:

If you are thinking of getting 36 months of conversion with 12 months of gold codes, DO NOT select yes when it asks for you to continue subscription after entering 12 months of gold. If you accept, you will have 13/25 months of gold and since the next code cannot make your subscription 37 months, it will not be redeemed. So you will have 25 months only. If you are using 1/3/6 months of codes or any other variations, this does not apply. Just make sure that last code you use will NOT make you go over 36 months.


Q: Is it available in "my country"?
A: If your country has Xbox Services, then the answer is yes.Q: When will this end?
A: Officially; nobody knows yet. Personally I think it will not be cancelled during Xbox Series S/X lifetime.

Q: I have Gold/Game Pass Console/Game Pass PC can I still do it?
A: As long as you have something other than Game Pass Ultimate, you can do it and the ratio is still 1:1 before you upgrade it. After you upgrade it ratio will be about 3:1.

Q: I already have Game Pass Ultimate, how can I extend this?
A: This trick only works if you don't have Game Pass Ultimate. So the best suggestion would be letting it expire then start the process from the beginning again.

Q: I have an active Gold subscription. What will happen if I upgrade for 1 month only?
A: Any prepaid time will be converted to Game Pass Ultimate, then your subscription will be changed to "Game Pass Ultimate subscription" and until you cancel it, you will continue paying the full price for Game Pass.

Q: I don't really care about Console/PC/Mobile part, I just want PC/Console/Mobile part. Can I just have that one?
A: Gold to Game Pass conversion is (mostly) cheaper than just getting one of the gamepass variation anyways. So even if you just care about a portion of it, it is suggested to get Ultimate this way.

Q: Can I share my Game Pass Ultimate with my friend/sibling/someone I don't even know?
A: Yes you can. It is as simple as signing into their console and setting it as "home console" for the consoles and it is quite easy as just creating a Microsoft Family from…ly/ and adding that person to family. You also need to sign into their PC too but for other details please check…ly/

Q: I heard something about EA Play. What is that about?
A: EA Play will be available for free to anyone with Game Pass Ultimate after 10th of November. Since Game Pass Ultimate is available on both Xbox and PC, EA Play will be available on both too. There will be some restrictions but we don't know them yet. Web sites only refer to Origin web site and client for now. EA PLAY is now included. It used 3:1 ratio. In some countries that might be cheaper but I personally still suggest using Xbox Live Gold.

Q: I already have EA Play on Console/PC. What will happen to my subscription?A: Web site states that if it is on console, it will be converted to Game Pass Ultimate by 3:1 ratio. They also vaguely mention that if you have EA Play on PC it is also possible to convert it to Game Pass Ultimate but steps are not fully available yet. Again, they just refer to Origin for now.

Q: I have EA Play Basic/Pro on PC. what will happen to that?
A: No information yet. The only confirmation is that there is no EA Play Basic or Pro on console. There is just "EA Play". For PC counterpart you can contact Origin.

edit: Found the "blog post".…te/ It is from Microsoft itself, it is a little bit old post but even they suggest this "trick". This is what they exactly tell on that web page;

It’s a great deal if you love games, but we want to help you get the most out of your membership by sharing a little lifehack to ensure you get as much bang as possible for your proverbial gaming bucks.
  • Start at your main Microsoft account page.
  • Go to the “Services and Subscriptions” tab at the top of the page — this will show which subscriptions you currently have on your account.
  • Before applying the “one month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $1” deal to your account, extend your Xbox Live Gold subscription by buying additional months.
  • You can get 12 months of Live Gold for $59.99 or go a la carte for $9.99 per month (for the non-math fans, that means you’ll save 50% by going for a full year).
  • Now, once you’ve extended your Xbox Live Gold subscription to the desired length, it’s finally time to add the “one month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $1” deal.
  • Once that deal is applied to your account, your Xbox Live Gold subscription will be converted to Game Pass Ultimate — and Game Pass Ultimate will be available for the length of your Live Gold subscription.

We hope that these tips helped and that you are able to enjoy many years ofXbox Game Pass Ultimate *for one low, low price. It’s one of the best deals in gaming!
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