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If you like video games and haven’t tried Xbox Game Pass yet, I’m not sure what else to tell you. I’ve written ad nauseum about how Microsoft’s gaming subscription service is the best value in gaming, and somehow, it keeps getting better. And if you still don’t believe the hype, you can try it out for yourself for a mere dollar.

There are currently a few Black Friday deals swirling around for Game Pass, starting with Microsoft offering three months of Xbox Game Pass for PC for $1. No, that’s not a typo. And if you’d rather try the all-inclusive Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription — which gets you PC, Xbox and cloud-based games — you can get a three month membership for nearly half off at $25.

The best option for PC gamers

Xbox Game Pass for PC gets you access to hundreds of big Windows titles, including Forza Horizon 5, Microsoft Flight Simulator and Halo Infinite.

The best Xbox Game Pass subscription overall

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate gets you access to games on PC, Xbox and the cloud, making it the way to go for gamers who use multiple platforms.

No matter which option you pick, you’ll be getting access to a ton of big games for next to nothing. Each version of Xbox Game Pass includes hundreds of titles for your chosen platform, including day-one access to big Microsoft releases like Halo Infinite and Forza Horizon 5 as well as a large back catalog that features huge franchises like Gears, Star Wars and Tetris in addition to a trove of hidden indie gems.

As you might expect, an Xbox Game Pass for PC (normally $10 per month) membership gets you access to Windows-based games, while Xbox Game Pass for Console (normally $10 per month) lets you play games on Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. The premium $15-per-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate sub gets you all of the above, as well as access to cloud-based games you can play on your phone, tablet or computer and all of the perks of Xbox Live Gold.

Given the sheer amount of options you get for the money, we recommend Ultimate for most people — though the Game Pass PC deal is too good to pass up for dedicated PC gamers.

While Xbox Game Pass is already an absurd deal, it looks like it’ll only be getting better over time. We recently got to talk to Xbox chief Phil Spencer about the mega-popular service, which is now rolling out the ability to stream games from the cloud to your console. That means no waiting for downloads to try new games, and also allows Xbox One owners to try out current-gen exclusives like Microsoft Flight Simulator. Xbox Game Pass streaming is also heading directly to TVs and streaming devices at some point in the future, so those investing now will have more ways to play down the line. And if you’re at all interested in upcoming blockbusters like Redfall and Starfield, you’ll get those on Game Pass the moment they come out.

Whether you’re re-upping a subscription, trying the service for the first time or looking for a foolproof gift for the gamer that has everything, you really can’t go wrong picking up a few months of Game Pass for cheap. Just don’t blame us for the hours of productivity you’ll lose.