Microsoft has recently introduced a transformative update for Xbox users in India, allowing them to make purchases on the Xbox store using UPI payment methods. This marks a significant shift from the previous system where purchases were limited to Microsoft balance top-ups or credit cards like Visa and Mastercard. The phased rollout of UPI payments aims to streamline the process and ensure a smooth transition for users.
Xbox Game Pass: Expansion through PhonePe
In addition to this, Xbox Game Pass subscriptions have become available on the PhonePe app, reflecting Microsoft’s commitment to expanding its digital services footprint in India. This move not only increases accessibility for gamers but also showcases Microsoft’s capability to natively integrate UPI payments across different platforms. Indian users can purchase various Xbox Game Pass subscriptions through PhonePe and Amazon India.
Xbox Game Pass offers several subscription options via UPI on PhonePe:
- Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (1 Month) at Rs. 549
- Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (3 Months) at Rs. 1,649
- Xbox Game Pass Console (3 Months) at Rs. 1,049
- PC Game Pass (3 Months) at Rs. 1,049
Gamers are advised to exercise caution and remain vigilant against potential scams, particularly from sellers seeking private Xbox account information.
Despite these positive steps, there remains speculation about Microsoft’s broader intentions in the Indian gaming market, particularly regarding console gaming. Arjun Verma, Xbox Gaming’s GXI manager, hinted that markets like India might not be the primary focus for console space expansion, reflecting a cautious approach by Microsoft towards these regions.
The availability of Xbox Series X and S consoles in India through major online retailers like Amazon, Flipkart, and Games The Shop, along with the competitively priced Xbox Game Pass subscription starting at Rs. 349/month, demonstrates Microsoft’s ongoing efforts to cater to the diverse needs of Indian gamers.
The introduction of UPI payments and the expansion of Xbox Game Pass subscriptions in India are significant milestones in the gaming industry. These developments enhance the accessibility and convenience for Indian gamers and signal Microsoft’s adaptability and responsiveness to market demands.